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The Jewels of Historical Romance share our favorite holiday reflections!
Jill Barnett: The tree goes up Thanksgiving weekend so we can enjoy it from the start of the season, and we burn hollyberry candles so the house always smells like Christmas. Decades back, in lieu of gifts, we chose to spend the weeks leading up to Christmas doing things together, everything from Christmas lights at the zoo and cooking classes to candlelight services and sleigh rides to high tea. We’ve been filling our Christmases with these memories and we cherish them. They are the best of gifts.
Cheryl Bolen: I love everything about the Christmas season – decorating the house inside and out, wrapping presents, cooking special treats we only get once a year, being with family – and since I love the written word, I still revel in sending out Christmas cards with long messages to keep in touch with old friends and far-away family members.
Lucinda Brant: Favorite thing about the holidays is family getting together. We don’t have Thanksgiving in Australia so Christmas is the time people travel long distances across country to be together. I love decorating the house and our pop up synthetic tree, and cooking a turkey with all the trimmings. We watch Christmas movies Christmas Eve and open presents Christmas morning.
Darcy Burke: My favorite thing about the holidays is spending time with friends (we have an annual Friendsmas) and family. I look forward to going to Christmas Tea with my mom, niece, and daughter. On Christmas, we like to hang around the house in our pajamas and “play” with new presents or just loaf around. I love the traditions we have of hunting for and cutting down our tree, baking special treats and decorating cookies, and feeding the reindeer on Christmas Eve.
Glynnis Campbell: For me, the best thing about the holidays is having my husband home from the road to help with traditional tasks like putting up lights, decorating the tree, and, because it’s often sunny in L.A., barbecuing the Christmas turkey! Gathering together in our pajamas on Christmas morning, unwrapping gifts–including one from Jack Skellington–always makes me feel like my family is finally complete.
Kimberly Cates: My holiday begins in the Christmas Tree Forest with my three grandchildren, cutting down the perfect tree. I do miss the White Christmases of my childhood here California, but we always make a trek to the mountains to take a winter hike, make snow angels and sled. I head over to my daughter’s house before dawn Christmas morning, creeping into the house while everyone is still sleeping so I can be there when the children come downstairs and find Santa has visited.
Tanya Anne Crosby: For me, the holidays are all about time spent with family and friends and we take every opportunity to do that. The past few years, we’ve spent the Thanksgiving holidays abroad, with dear friends, visiting and appreciating new cultures and traditions. Christmas, on the other hand, is spent with family and I adore going out to find our chosen tree, and decorating the tree for the holidays.
Claire Delacroix: In my small town in Canada, Christmas often looks like a Hallmark movie: there’s cedar roping everywhere, church bells, carol singers in costume, craft fairs (indoors and out) and SNOW! My favorite ritual is putting up the Christmas tree and making the house sparkle – before friends arrive to make it sparkle even more.
Brenda Hiatt: For me, the holidays are all about family. Especially now that my extended family is so far-flung, I treasure the times we all gather together to observe our family traditions. Those include our now-traditional grilled lobster tails for Thanksgiving, then putting up and decorating the tree the next day to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite (and other Christmas music). We sometimes have to adjust the dates we celebrate to accommodate everyone’s crazy schedules, but we come together when we can to fill the season with love!
Erica Ridley: Here in Costa Rica, we celebrate the holidays by making tamales to share with family and friends, and spending the week at the beach! It’s great to relax and “just be” for a few days, with nothing on the agenda except good food and good people. (And great weather!)
Lauren Royal: My favorite holiday tradition is the short cruise my extended family takes during Thanksgiving week every year, sailing from Los Angeles to Mexico. We are a big group, usually 20 to 30 of us, and we spend most of our time playing games! In December, we gather for eight fun nights of Hanukkah. Although we don’t celebrate Christmas, we do have a Christmas Day tradition: a family pool party followed by dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant. 🙂
Cynthia Wright: My favorite part of Christmas is sharing it with family, especially my grandsons, who are 11 and nearly 8. I am so grateful to live close enough to make those memories each year. My daughter and I make a Yule Log and my grandsons help. (Gabriel provides his miniature mouse to perch on the chocolate log.) We attend the Nutcracker and decorate the tree with memory-filled ornaments dating back to my parents’ childhoods. Top it all off with a Christmas eve church service.
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