today’s book: Love and a Whole Lot of Santas
Happy Wednesday again! Even though Christmas is over, I still think it counts until New Year’s Day, so I am continuing our annual blog series spotlighting (over 60 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes if you aren’t sick of them yet and continue your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s next featured book combines a cookie bakery and a hotel full of Santas, plus author Terri J. Haynes shares what a cookie can teach us about Christmas!
LOVE AND A WHOLE LOT OF SANTAS by Terri J. Haynes
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: AT Haynes House Publishing
RELEASE DATE: June 29, 2021 (2nd edition)
Conference Assistant Manager at the National Harbor Gaylord, Ayira Nelson’s largest conference has decided to cancel. A huge loss in sales, Ayira’s knows her job is on the line but despite all her efforts, she can’t find a replacement and knows her job is on the line. Sydney Kensington is reentering the culinary world after a devastating failure to pay off his debts. To his shame, he returns with a small bakery specializing in cookies. Neither of them is planning to have a merry Christmas.
But when the International St. Nicholas Association arrives for a conference with 1000 Santas in attendance, their presence begins to impact Ayira and Sydney’s lives in ways they didn’t anticipate. Can they find happiness, joy, and love for Christmas with a little help from a whole lot of Santas?
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by Terri J. Haynes, author of Love and a Whole Lot of Santas
Last Christmas, my husband, three adult children, and I decided to bake cookies for Christmas. Each person picked their favorite cookie and agreed to make a batch. We had snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, lemon bars (yes, I know that’s not a cookie), cranberry oatmeal, and blondies. All this baking happened on the Sunday before Christmas. Perfect festive idea, right?
We had six dozen cookies and two dozen bars.
Halfway through the baking, it dawned on me what was happening. That’s a lot of cookies. A little niggle of concern sounded in my mind. Would this excess of cookies turn into a point of discomfort for me? I severely dislike wasting food. Would these bring me distress instead of joy?
But it was too late, we were already committed. No sense stopping now. We cranked up the Christmas music. We danced, sang and discussed which Christmas songs were the best. And we laughed. We laughed a lot because everyone in my family has a great sense of humor.
As the days progressed to Christmas, we had several containers of cookies on our kitchen table. And of course, I had to make sure the cookies didn’t go to waste (wink). I ate one almost every time I passed the table and thought of how wacky it was for us to make all these cookies and laughed.
Those cookies brought me joy every time I had one.
Baking cookies at Christmas is a popular tradition. Families bake them together, friends share them. They are present at many church Christmas celebrations. People arrange cookie swaps and share cookies with neighbors and others in their community.
A cookie is a little thing. Takes about 2 minutes to eat one, trust me I know. But the joy of baking and sharing cookies is immeasurable. And it points to one very important aspect of the Christmas story: something small can bring much joy.
Think of all the joy that little baby Jesus brought to the world. A baby. I think that if I had been present, and heard the tidings from heaven about worldwide joy, I would have been skeptical. Maybe even side-eyed baby Jesus. I would like to say I would have been perfectly confident but I probably would have wondered about baby Jesus living up to this great promise. After all, He was just a baby.
But boy did Jesus live up to all the promise, and like my family’s cookie baking, He lived up to it in excess. My walk as a Christian has been joy on top of joy. Sometimes joy on top of sadness, too. All this joy coming from a baby born in a manger. Even better, there is still more joy. There is joy for the rest of my life and into eternity.
Joy in Christ lasts a long time. The cookies we baked, however, did not last three days. Apparently, I worried for nothing.
Terri J. Haynes, a native Baltimorean, is a prolific knitter and owner of a hand-dyed yarn company, freelance graphic artist, and former Army wife (left the Army, not the husband). She loves to read, so much that when she was in elementary school, she masterminded a plan to be locked in a public library armed with only a flashlight to read all the books and peanut butter and jelly sandwich. She is a storyteller at heart. Her passion is to draw readers into the story world she has created and to bring laughter and joy to their lives.
Terri’s non-fiction publishing credits include Cup of Comfort for Military Families, Urbanfaith.com, Publisher’s Weekly. Her traditionally published credits include four novellas and one full-length novel. Terri has also self-published one full-length novel and six novellas.
Terri holds a Master’s degree in Theological Studies and a certificate in creative writing and graphic design. She and her husband pastor a church where she serves as executive pastor and worship leader. Terri lives in Maryland with her three wonderful children and her husband, who often beg her not to kill off their favorite characters.
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What about you? What makes you want to read Love and a Whole Lot of Santas by Terri J. Haynes? What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?