It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Mama Dated Santa

Posted December 22, 2023 by meezcarrie in Amy Anguish, Author Interview, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2023, romance / 17 Comments

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Reads 2023

today’s 1st book: Mama Dated Santa

We are continuing this year’s blog series spotlighting (over 70 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is the 7th year for the Christmas Reads Giveaway series, and I think I get more excited about it every year 🙂 Christmas is only THREE DAYS away! So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage (wassail anyone?) and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! And no doubt you know the drill by now – there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)

Mama Dated Santa by Amy R. Anguish

MAMA DATED SANTA by Amy R. Anguish
GENRE: Contemporary/Christmas Romance (Christian)

PUBLISHER: Scrivenings Press
RELEASE DATE: October 17, 2023
PAGES: 289


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You can read my review of this book HERE

Worth the Messy

by Amy R. Anguish, author of Mama Dated Santa

Do you do holiday baking? I have always loved making loaves of pumpkin or banana bread to give away to dear friends or teachers. And since having children, of course there needs to be cookies for Santa (and a few for us too). My kids will take any excuse they can find to decorate cookies—lots of icing and sprinkles, please.

But have you ever started a baking project, looked around, and then cringed at the mess left behind? Flour almost always ends up on the table or counter—or both. And sometimes the floor too. Did you know sprinkles roll? All the way across the table and into the next room sometimes. How about that icing? Did it end up smeared more places than just cookies?

And that’s not even counting the dirty dishes.

Needless to say, baking can sometimes be more trouble than it’s worth. Or is it?

Because even though it drives me crazy to have to clean up the mess behind my kids (and me), let’s be honest. The children are so thrilled with how the cookies turned out—asking if they can take one to their teachers or our neighbor, showing them off to daddy, and deciding which one to save for Santa. Doesn’t their joy override all the chaos?

Because this is such a huge part of my holiday life, when I started writing my Christmas story, Mama Dated Santa, I knew it needed to be there too. Especially since my main character Trudy has a four-year-old nephew who loves baking cookies. And of course, there is a mess. But you know what? That’s one of my favorite scenes in the whole book.

Making messes is a part of life. And messes can be cleaned up. It’s the memories made and the joy of the finished project that count. And those are always there, even if the cookies come out a bit uneven in baking and/or sprinkle application.

And the romantic part of the middle of that scene? Well, that’s just icing on the cookie, so to speak. 😉

So, how about your family? What do you like to bake at Christmas? Do you have a fun baking mess story to share with us? Do you love reading about characters baking?

Amy R. Anguish

Amy R Anguish grew up a preacher’s kid, and in spite of having lived in seven different states that are all south of the Mason Dixon line, she is not a football fan. Currently, she resides in Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and son, and usually a bossy cat or two. Amy has an English degree from Freed-Hardeman University that she intends to use to glorify God, and she wants her stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good.

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Mama Dated Santa giveaway

Amy R. Anguish is offering a print copy of Mama Dated Santa to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Mama Dated Santa by Amy R. Anguish? What do you like to bake at Christmas? Do you have a fun baking mess story to share with us? Do you love reading about characters baking?

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17 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Mama Dated Santa

  1. Sue Parrish

    This looks like a cute story. I’m not a baker, but I learned the hard way that when you scorch chocolate in the microwave, there is no salvaging it.

  2. Donna E H Durnell

    When I was about 12 or 13 years old, I was in a Christmas program for school. I lip-synced to “I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Claus.” So now I need to read MAMA DATED SANTA to go along with the song. teehee
    I did used to bake at holiday time, but it’s been many years. I have done several cookie exchanges over the years. And I’ve baked cookies, banana nut bread and made fudge to give to friends and neighbors.

  3. Betty Curran

    I ued to go all out with baking for the holidays. Now that I don’t have anyone to bake for I just buy what I’m in the mood to eat. This sounds like such a fun story. I’m looking forward to reading it.

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