year? There are so many things that make it my favorite. And they all combine
to make the season special. There is that change in the weather, turning nippy
and frosty. Bring out the coats, hats, and mittens, the bundling up to stay
warm. I love cozying up to a blazing fire in the fireplace. The frenzy of
decorating the inside and outside of the house with lights, tinsel and bows
making everything cheery and bright.
There are the smells of the pine tree and
apple cider or hot chocolate, the baking gingerbread for the frosted house.
Then you take the time to cook the perfect meal to share with family and
friends. Breaking out the traditional family recipes that have been handed down
through generations, because it wouldn’t be a holiday meal without them. You go
out there shopping for the perfect gift, seeing the joy on a person’s face when
you’ve gotten it right. All of this makes the season for me. All of this is the
magic that is Christmas.
and all of its memories, the excitement of the first snow of the season, and
sledding down a hill. There’s waiting for Santa to come on Christmas Eve. And
how early is too early to wake up to see if you got what you asked for or how
many things you got from your list? There’s gathering of family, old and young.
Of putting up with Auntie’s pinching of your cheeks, her saying ‘you’re getting
so big.' And the annual viewings of A Charlie Brown Christmas, along with all
of the Rankin and Bass animated shows, Frosty, and Rudolph. The sights, the
sounds and the smells, bring back all of the memories shared with loved ones.
excitement winds down, there is the peace and contentment of having spent time
with family and friends. Sometimes it’s a feeling of having just survived it
all. Then you can the look forward to the next exciting New Year.
hope, some fears, laughter, and love. Those same elements I find in the stories
that come out at the holiday season. Christmas stories have all the elements I
love in a book. You watch the characters with all of their ups and downs, their
foibles that are the same as the people you know in real life. You read the
stories wishing for them to have a special someone to share the magic of
Christmas. Along with hope, magic and the characters journey to their happy
ever after are all there. I find myself reading Christmas stories year round to
recapture the warm feelings whenever I need a pick me up or to renew my faith
in the world.
My book recommendations:
Amy Lane's Turkeys in Snow, Bren Christopher's Patchouli For Christmas (Grandma always gets the best gifts) and of course my very favorite RJ Scott's The Christmas Throwaway.