TWENTY DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!! Are you ready?? 🙂
‘Tis the season when I start craving cozy Christmas reads. (Okay – I crave them all year round but now’s when I can get away with talking about them LOL) I had so much fun with this last year, so I decided to make it an annual thing 🙂 Continuing through the end of the year, I’m going to spotlight several new/recent Christmasy releases. So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s book is a contemporary romance novella with sparks aplenty – and a delightful post from the author on her family holiday traditions!
They say opposites attract; it’ll take a Christmas miracle to keep this couple from killing one another!
Agnes Piercy is finally going to make her mark now that she’s in charge of the Honeyhaven Winter Wonderland. She’s created a new event this year—Santa’s Village—which will bring in tons of tourists and money for charities and church ministries, and secure her a full client list when she opens up her own event planning business. But things go haywire from the get-go, including her feelings for one Tuck Renner.
Tuck Renner has been tasked (against his will) with building the Santa’s Village which means taking orders from Miss Bossy Pants herself—Agnes Piercy. But she’s off to a seriously rocky start. Feeling sorry for her, and a lot sorry for himself having to hear about it day in and out, he vows to make this the greatest event ever. But things don’t go as planned. However, they may go exactly like they were meant to.
Jessica R. Patch writes inspirational contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She is the author of the Seasons of Hope series and several Love Inspired Suspense novels including, Fatal Reunion, Protective Duty, Concealed Identity, Final Verdict, and the Security Specialists series. When she’s not hunched over her laptop, you can find her spending time with her family and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook. Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.
These Are a Few of My Favorite Things
by Jessica R. Patch
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I’m sure I’m not alone. Decorating the home, hot chocolate, baking, Christmas movies, games, puzzles. My children are pretty much grown now. My daughter is twenty and my son is almost fifteen which means some of our traditions like putting up the Countdown to Christmas calendar and filling it with little candy canes to take down each day is over as well as watching the classic Christmas cartoons like Rudolph and Frosty—although last week my husband and I watched Frosty all by ourselves.
But we do have a few traditions that still carry on. On Christmas Eve, I do a little baking and prepping for Christmas Day since I host the big family dinner. Then we go to the movies and out to lunch. Back at the house, we play board games and turn on Christmas movies and I do a little more meal prepping. The past couple of years, friends from church who aren’t traveling to visit family come over and we decorate cookies, share a meal, and spend a few hours together. After everyone leaves we open up a Christmas gift which is always pajamas, or a robe, or maybe a fuzzy blanket. Then we make hot chocolate, my husband bakes chocolate chip cookies, and we watch The Little Drummer Boy. My kids don’t really care for the old Claymation show, but I cry every single year. Then we watch White Christmas which is now a twenty-four-year-old tradition that has been passed down from my husband who watched it every Christmas Eve with his grandfather. I’ll be honest, it’s not my favorite holiday classic, but I love having my family of four cozied up on the couch in our new pajamas and blankets.
Then it’s off to bed, because everyone needs to be asleep before “Santa” comes. I learned this from my husband the first year of our marriage. LOL We didn’t do “Santa” growing up, so I had no idea! That tradition still carries, but mostly because we are getting older and we’re just flat out tired, plus the ham goes in at five a.m.!
One new fun tradition between me and my husband is the hiding of the Fishing Santa. See, when we first married, I began collecting Santas (I stopped several years back because I had entirely too many). One year, he bought me a horrible Santa in fishing gear which I designated to his man cave. I came downstairs and found it in a corner of the living room, so instead of telling him, I hid it in the shower. The next day, I discovered it in my kitchen. This hiding of the Santa continued without either me or my husband saying a peep to one another about it. Our hiding spots get harder and harder, but whoever has it on Christmas morning loses! I do not like to lose!
Tell me a favorite tradition at your house.
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What about you? What is a favorite tradition at your house?