Holiday Blog Tour

It’s that time of year again where everyone is decking their homes and their hearts with holiday cheer. I wish I could say I’m one of those who have my home ready for the holidays before Thanksgiving, but the truth is I dread digging out the decorations, rearranging the furniture, and finding places to put it all. I typically leave decorating until the week before Christmas.

However, once the process starts, the spirit takes over and I’m in full holiday mode. At our house we’re empty-nesters, so to accommodate our children who are grown with families of their own, we celebrate with everyone on Christmas Eve. It’s the one night of the year I insist be set aside for whole family to get together.

We have a family meal and last year, I started a tradition of showing videos of Christmas past—a countdown to the special event. I love seeing the progression of the kids and their kids through the years. Then it’s time, we all gather near the tree. Gifts from year to year can be different, but there are two things that are same. Stockings and cards. 

We begin with stockings. The contents change from year to year here as well, but there’s always a toothbrush. We end with cards. One for each person. The cards are those funny, sometimes raunchy ones that give you a good laugh. The littlest kids get a kid-friendly card, but the adults are fair game!

The last thing I do before everyone heads to their homes and prepare for Santa to arrive, is read a story to the grandkids. It’s a special story called THE ANIMAL’S CHRISTMAS EVE. The book is an old Little Golden Book missing the front and back covers. The illustrations are still stunning and the little poem inside never fails to bring tears to my eyes. That is my cherished holiday tradition moment.

I wish you and yours a bright and joyous holiday season. May you find a tradition to celebrate through the years with your loved ones.

As part of the Holiday Blog Tour, I’m giving away an ebook of my latest book in the Northstar Security series, TELL IT LIKE IT IS. 
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Also, be sure and visit the other blogs in the tour for fun stories, recipes, and prizes! And don’t forget to check out the Rafflecopter giveaway below:
Dec. 11 – Lois Winston
Dec. 12 – Catherine Green
Dec. 13 – Stanalei Fletcher
Dec. 14 – Doree Anderson
Dec. 15 – Kathryn E. Jones
Dec. 16 – Karl Beckstrand
Dec. 17 – Marie Higgins
Dec. 18 – Mary Martinez
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17 thoughts on “Holiday Blog Tour”

  1. Yes!! We have that book “The Animals’ Christmas Eve” too!! Love that one. We have a pile of Christmas picture books that we like to read every year throughout Advent and Christmas…including “The Donkey’s Dream” by Berger, “The Miracle of St. Nicholas” by Whelan, “The Gift of the Magi” by O.Henry, “Good King Wencelaus” (we have a few different versions of this one), “The Legend of the Poinsettia” by Tomie DePaola, “Father and Son” by McCaughrean, and “The Magical Christmas Horse” by Mary Higgins Clark. My children are too old for picturebooks, but they still love it when I read them aloud at this time of year!

  2. Sounds lovely, and thanks for sharing the holiday blog tour! Our daughters received handmade stockings last Christmas so they are now a family tradition. We also enjoy playing board games together over Christmas for our family activity 🙂

  3. My grandma made Cshristmas stockings for us every year until we were 12. I’ve continued that tradition with ornaments for my kids. Your Christmas Eve night sounds lovely. Merry Christmas!

  4. It sounds like you and your family have wonderful holiday traditions, Stanalei. I’m one of those people who turn into a sap at this time of year. I dig the decorations out the weekend following Thanksgiving though this year I limited myself to one tree instead of two (mostly due to an inquisitive kitty who would have been all over the second one as it went in front of her favorite window).

    Congrats on your new release and Merry Christmas!

  5. You have a wonderful Christmas Eve tradition and makes me wish that all of my family was together for the holiday. It’s been a long time since we followed any real traditions but when I was a kid we always got the same things in our stockings. Santa always brought us toothpaste, shampoo, socks, etc…..It never deviated. Have a wonderful evening and a very, Merry Christmas!

  6. We have five Christmas story books that we read as a sort of countdown the five nights leading up until Christmas. I love that my three boys always get excited when the 19th rolls around, so we can start the books. I hope it’s a tradition that they will carry on with their own children.

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