Things are starting to get sparkly around here, ya’ll! It’s almost Christmas. Time to heat up a cup of cocoa, settle down in front of a twinkling tree, and savor an uplifting Christmas story! If you’re like me, you need a bit more of an uplift as we straggle thankfully to the end of 2020! I understand just how you feel–and I’ve got you covered! I’m doing a newsletter subscribers exclusive giveaway of not one, but TWO fabulous Christmas books! (If you’re not a subscriber, there’s still time! Sign yourself up! )

Now let me show you the extra special treasures that are up for grabs this month!

The first book included in the giveaway is Tina Radcliffe’s December release His Holiday Prayer. This story is getting rave reviews–but of course, that’s no surprise. Any time a book has Tina’s name on it, you know it’s going to be GOOD! And, come on, don’t you just love this cover? A Christmas cowboy and a dog? Um, yeah–count me in!!

If you love this as much as I do, you don’t have to wait another minute! You can snag your very own copy right here.

It gets even better! Tina’s not the only fabulous author with a new December release! Check out A Daughter for Christmas from the wonderful Stephanie Dees! Isn’t that cover the sweetest thing? That precious girl with the curly locks reminds me so much of my own little niece–and of course, with Stephanie as the author, the story is sure to be every bit as adorable as the cover!

My December newsletter with instructions for entering the giveaway goes out Tuesday, December 8th–but again, you don’t have to wait on that! You can be sure of having Stephanie’s beautiful book in your stocking–just order it here!

And if two December books aren’t quite enough, that’s no problem! The American Christian Fiction Writers list of new releases will help you round out your Christmas list! Scroll on down and check them out! (P.S. If you like a little shiver with your stories, you definitely won’t want to miss the wonderful new romantic suspense offerings from Dana R. Lynn and Terri Reed!)

Wishing you happy reading, my friends–and a blessed and merry Christmas!


December 2020 New Releases
More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Contemporary Romance:

A Prayer Quilt Christmas by Nancy J. Farrier — Meg’s ex-husband took her boys away for the holidays, and she’s lost her heart to celebrate, but Wade is determined to make this Christmas special for her. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

His Holiday Prayer by Tina Radcliffe — After receiving an unexpected job offer in Texas, widower Tucker Rainbolt decides he and his twins need a fresh start. But moving on means leaving his best friend, Jena Harper, and their vet clinic behind. For the first time, Tucker sees Jena as more than a buddy. What if leaving isn’t the answer? Maybe what he’s been missing has been right beside him the whole time… (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Christmas on Ocracoke by Christina Sinisi — Reeling from the upheaval of a failed marriage, Annie Hanahan is desperate for a new start—and when she inherits a cottage on Ocracoke Island, she may finally get it. Without a second thought, she packs up and leaves everything behind: her first name, her job, and her ex-husband. But when she arrives in the Outer Banks, she finds the island—and her promised refuge—ravaged by Hurricane Dorian. As a contractor who has given so much of his time to helping Ocracoke recover, it surprises no one when Trey Kingsley offers to help the beautiful newcomer, but something is holding her back. Life keeps throwing them together, though, or perhaps God’s hand is giving them a nudge. Will a little bit of divine intervention be enough for a Merry Christmas on Ocracoke? (Contemporary Romance, Anaiah Press)

A Holiday Heart by Denise Weimer — Atlanta film makeup artist Ashlyn Jennings is willed a mysterious box containing a key from her grandmother’s estate. Mamie Lou, the former Hollywood B-lister who inspired Ashlyn’s path in life, always demonstrated a flair for the dramatic. But did Mamie Lou really expect her to put everything on hold to clean out a mountain cabin no one even knew about? And right at Christmas? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Contemporary:

Season of Hope by Brenda S. Anderson — Life is good for Ronnie Coborn. She’s newly married to a man who loves her and dotes on her daughter. A man handpicked by Ronnie’s father, a popular pastor at a megachurch who’s been married to her mother for forty years. Yes, life is good. Until a shocking revelation exposes the fact that everything in her idyllic life—her marriage, family, and faith—is based on a lie. (Contemporary, Independently Published)

Historical:

Hope’s Reward by Carol Ashby — When a gladiator slave becomes a Christian and runs away from his life of killing to join other believers, his rescue of a Roman woman makes him her escort on a dangerous journey that opens unexpected futures for both of them. (Historical from Cerrillo Press)
The Mulberry Leaf Whispers by Linda Thompson — A WWII Japanese naval officer. The teenage daughter of a legendary Christian samurai. Three centuries separate them, but a crucial question binds their destinies together. Which lives have value? (Historical from Mountain Brook Ink)

Historical Romance:

For the Love of Emma by Starr Ayers — A rose-covered grave, seventy-nine letters, and a scribbled note unearth buried emotions and the timeless beauty of first love. Inspired by actual letters found in her mother’s trunk, Starr pens a poignant love story set in the throes of the Great Depression and portrays a young couple’s quest to keep their love alive, regardless of events that threaten to tear them apart. (Historical Romance from Mountain Brook Ink)

Depending on You by Melissa Jagears — Can the joy and hope of Christmas restore their love before it’s too late? Leah Whitsett’s life was ideal until the disastrous day she nearly died because of her husband’s deceit. When he returns home weeks before Christmas, she knows the best gift she can give him is forgiveness, but how can she relinquish her hard-won independence knowing he plans to turn their family’s life upside down again? Bryant has always known his wife was a gift he’d never deserved, but how can he provide for her in a town that no longer wants anything to do with him? He longs to atone for the misery he’s put his loved ones through, but when he brings a family member home for the holidays, he and Leah may end up even further apart. With emotions high and their marriage at stake, will the season bring the hope they need…or are their rifts too large to mend? (Historical Romance, Independently Published)
Legacy of Love by Linda Shenton Matchett — Escaping Boston to avoid a marriage of convenience aimed at garnering society’s respect for her family name in the shadow of her father’s war profiteering, Meg Underwood settles in Spruce Hill, Oregon. Despite leaving behind the comforts of wealth, she’s happy. Then the handsome Pinkerton agent, Reuben Jessop, arrives with news that she’s inherited her aunt’s significant estate, and she must return home to claim the bequest. Meg refuses to make the trip. Unwilling to fail at his mission, Reuben gives her until Christmas to prove why she should remain in Spruce Hill and give up the opportunity to become a woman of means. When he seems to want more than friendship, she wonders if her new-found wealth is the basis of his attraction. (Historical Romance from Shortwave Press)

Romantic Suspense:

Deadly Amish Reunion by Dana R. Lynn — Jennie Beiler’s husband was supposed to be dead, so she’s shocked when he rescues her from an attacker. Although Luke has no memories of his Englisch wife, it’s up to him to protect her from someone who won’t stop until she’s dead. Can the peaceful Amish community he returned to after losing his memory shelter them and their son this Christmas when danger strikes again? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])
Christmas Protection Detail by Terri Reed — When a call from a friend in trouble leads Nick Delaney and Deputy Kaitlyn Lanz to a car crash that killed a single mother, they become the baby’s protectors. Now figuring out why someone is after the child is the only way to save her. But they must find answers soon…or this baby’s first Christmas might just be Nick’s and Kaitlyn’s last. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Speculative:

Dawn of Vengeance by Ronie Kendig — Haunted by a prophecy that promises pain and war, bounty hunter Marco Dusan forges alliances to protect the primitive world against Symmachia’s devastating influence. But one truth becomes painfully clear: the biggest threat to their world may be much, much closer to home. (Speculative Fiction from Kregel Publications)
    Plus check out these recent additions to Fiction Finder published within the past month:
A Question of Survival by Alice K. Arenz – A victim of domestic violence searches for hope after her recent miscarriage. (Women’s Fiction)

Ask Lolita by Roger E. Bruner – Not only does the Town Curmudgeon’s pet hen Lolita learn to use the computer and get her own newspaper column, she helps the lifelong bachelor survive the challenges of old age and find true love in the process. (Contemporary Fantasy)

The Mistletoe Contract by Jennifer Chastain – He needs a wife to inherit the family business, she needs money for her mother’s medical treatment, but is their convenient marriage a blessing or a disaster waiting to happen? (Contemporary Romance)

Dreaming of Tomorrow by Michelle De Bruin – Love leads them to a lifetime of commitment where the dreams they have held onto for so long start to come true. (Historical Romance)

Grumpy the Gator by Melissa Henderson – In Grumpy the Gator, we are reminded to be careful around alligators. Always tell an adult when we see a gator. (Children’s)

Lessons Learned in Love by Milla Holt – The boss’s daughter is off-limits. Especially when she steals the job that should have been his. (Contemporary Romance)

Fractures by Jason C. Joyner – A group of teens with superpowers must navigate high school, parents, and the enemies that want to destroy them. (Young Adult)

His to Keep by Sherrinda Ketchersid – He’s fighting for his inheritance – she’s marrying her sworn enemy. (Historical Romance)

Making Memories by Ruth Kyser – When her life is changed by a car accident, Kelly finds hope again through faith and an old friend from high school, Michael. (Contemporary Romance)

Reagan’s Reward by Susan G. Mathis – When her life is changed by a car accident, Kelly finds hope again through faith and an old friend from high school, Michael. (Contemporary Romance)

Georgia Ann, English Rose by Elva Cobb Martin – The lure of the legendary Spice Trail beckons, but he may never find a spice more precious than the treasure he left in Charles Town. (Historical Romance)

Giving Grace by Jennifer Pierce – Nothing is more embarrassing than Grace Dixon’s dog peeing on the new mailman. Except maybe when she thinks she’s hit the handsome man with her SUV. When he’s assigned to cover an injured co-worker’s route, Evan McDonald assumes it will be like any other mail route he’s done. But then he meets Grace Dixon, and he’s thrust into total Christmas chaos. (Contemporary Romance)

The Snowbound Bride by Davalynn Spencer – On the run from a heartless uncle, Arabella Taube hides in Nate Horne’s farm wagon just as a harsh winter storm sweeps into Colorado. Despite Ara’s mysterious background, Nate’s mother thinks she is the answer to a prayer and the hope for his future. (Historical Romance)

80 Comments

  1. Sarah Taylor on December 5, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Hello Laurel this books sounds amazing Love the covers!

    • Laurel Blount on December 6, 2020 at 8:09 am

      I love the covers, too, Sarah!! So sweet and Christmasy!!

      • Linda McFarland on December 8, 2020 at 11:18 am

        My favorite Christmas tradition is reading the Christmas story from Luke on Christmas Eve.

        • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 12:54 pm

          That is a beautiful tradition, Linda–and such a wonderful way to refocus the holiday on its true meaning. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Natalya Lakhno on December 5, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you Laurel ❤️ Wonderful stories!

    • Laurel Blount on December 6, 2020 at 8:08 am

      Yes, Natalya, you are so right!! Any book by Tina or Stephanie is sure to be a winner!

  3. Debra J Pruss on December 5, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you so much. They all look so fabulous. There needs to be more time in the day to read.

    • Laurel Blount on December 6, 2020 at 8:07 am

      Debra, I couldn’t agree more!! I’d love to have more reading time!!

  4. Ashlee Lindsay on December 6, 2020 at 5:30 am

    I can’t wait to read these two!

    • Laurel Blount on December 6, 2020 at 8:06 am

      They’re sure to be great reads, Ashlee! These two authors are not only genuinely stellar people–they also write fabulous stories! Double win!

  5. Barbara Raymond on December 8, 2020 at 11:08 am

    They sound awesome. Merry Christmas.

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      Hi, Barbara! So good to hear from you–and Merry Christmas to you, too, my friend!!

  6. Linda Dreher on December 8, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Merry Christmas! I love the covers of your books and I look forward to reading your books. I am pretty new to your books!

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 12:58 pm

      Merry Christmas, Linda! And yay!! So glad you’re giving my books a chance–I hope you’ll enjoy them!

  7. Melissa Pettersen on December 8, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Merry Christmas! My favorite Christmas tradition is going with hubby every December 1st to a Christmas Tree Farm & getting our tree. We go to the same tree farm he went to since he was a little boy. 🎄 The books look amazing! Thank you!

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 12:57 pm

      Oh, Melissa–that sounds so sweet. We cut down our trees, too–but sadly we have cycled through at least five farms. They keep closing down! Just the other day one of my kids expressed how much he missed our first Christmas tree farm. How special that your husband can still go to the one he’s loved for so long–and share it with you!!

  8. Margaret Fraleigh on December 8, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Love the decorations. The books sound awesome. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 12:55 pm

      Merry Christmas to you too, Margaret! Didn’t those girls do amazingly well with their decorations?? I’m so glad they shared them!

      • Amanda Boyt on December 10, 2020 at 9:52 pm

        Hey Laurel,
        My favorite Christmas tradition is putting the ornaments that have special meaning to me on the tree . Some of my favorites are the two kangaroos that say “Mom to be” and “Dad to be” (1992), “Our First Christmas ” ornament (1988), ornaments with my children on them or made by them,an ornament with my sister and me as young girls, ornaments that my mother made(she was Martha Stewart before anyone heard of her!),and ornaments with my mom and dad and my husband’s mom and dad on them. As the years pass, they mean even more to me, such as the yellow cat ornament that my Aunt Candace painted for me in 1977. She died in 2010, but I think of her every time I put it on my tree. My mother always made Christmas a magical time, and I hope that I have done even half as well with my own children.

        • Laurel Blount on December 11, 2020 at 6:57 am

          Hi, Amanda!! I love this! I am the same way–my tree is also full of sentimental ornaments that remind me of much loved people or special events. It isn’t always the most sophisticated looking tree, lol, but it sure makes me smile! I have a hunch that you have indeed made Christmas beautiful for your own children, just as your amazing mom did for you!! Wishing you a merry and blessed Christmas, my sweet friend!!

  9. Patricia Brooks on December 8, 2020 at 11:29 am

    That is a pretty good list of Christmas books, I will have to see about getting one or two on the list.

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 12:54 pm

      There are so many wonderful looking books on this list, Patricia! Like Debbie said–I just need more reading time!!

  10. sandym204 on December 8, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Oh I love the covers and these are my kind of reads. Merry Christmas!!

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 12:53 pm

      Merry Christmas to you, too, Sandy! Aren’t these covers precious?? I can’t get over how much the little girl on Stephanie’s cover looks like my five year old niece! And Tina’s with the cowboy and the dog–gotta love THAT!

  11. Connie J Randel on December 8, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    I love Christmas books and these look so good!

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 12:52 pm

      I love Christmas books too, Connie! Oh, yes, these are guaranteed to be good–these two ladies never fail to write wonderful stories!!

  12. Lynette on December 8, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Merry Christmas!!
    My TBR list just grew!

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 12:51 pm

      Merry Christmas to you too, Lynette! And oh, yes–my TBR pile needs a room of its own these days!! So many good books!

  13. Debbie Stauffer on December 8, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    I need more hours in the day for reading! Hope you have a very merry, blessed Christmas!!

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 12:51 pm

      Oh, I need that, too, Debbie!! I can never find enough time for reading!! Hope you have a beautiful and blessed Christmas my friend!

  14. Phyllis on December 8, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    My favorite Christmas tradition is with my nativity set. I love to set it up initially with Mary and Joseph and the donkey in one part of the living area and the shepherds in another part and the magi in yet another. The on Christmas day, Mary and Joseph and Jesus join the shepherds. The Magi join them on Jan 6. 🙂 My husband and I will occasionally talk about what is going on with them. 🙂 It is a fun reminder of why we celebrate Christmas over the course of the month.

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 12:50 pm

      Hi, Phyllis!! So great to hear from you! I love that idea!! I think it would be such a great way to engage children in the story, too! My kids were always fascinated with the nativity set and always enjoyed helping set it up. (Of course, sometimes I did find unauthorized visitors in Bethlehem, such as beloved stuffed monkeys!)

  15. Paty Hinojosa Gómez on December 8, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Hi Laurel!
    Thanks for the chance of a wonderful giveaway!
    I wanted to share about a Christmas tradition I love, and it is this. After dinner we all gather together (adults and children in the family, aunts, uncles, nephews, etc) and the smallest kid brings a basket of candy. On top of it lies a beautiful image of Baby Jesus. So the child takes the basket to each family member so they can kiss the Baby Jesus, take a candy, and thank him for something he or she feels grateful to Jesus (something that happened in the year, for family, health, whatever). After finishing with everyone, we all unwrap our candy, and in one of the candies there’s a small note that says: I’m staying with you! The person (adult or children) who gets that surprise note, gets to keep the Baby Jesus on the basket. It’s usually a sweet figurine, not real sized, but a bit smaller. It’s a tradition I’ve always loved!
    We probably won’t be able to get all together this year, due to covid, but we’ll still do it at my house, God willing!
    Thanks for everything! Love your books!
    Blessings,
    Paty Hinojosa

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 3:07 pm

      Hi, Paty! That is an absolutely beautiful tradition. I’ve never heard of it before, and I love it!! Thanks so much for sharing! Merry Christmas, my friend!

  16. Shirley Chapel on December 8, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Maybe it’s just me but never did find or place to enter newsletter giveaway.

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 3:06 pm

      Hi, Shirley! Oh, I’m sorry for the confusion–but you found the right place!! Your comment here gets you entered into the giveaway! Hope you have a lovely Christmas!!

  17. Linda Gawthrop on December 8, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    Favorite tradition is hanging p the advent calendar the first day of December. A little mouse advances from day packet to day pocket until Christmas Day. My kids loved it!

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 3:05 pm

      Oh, that’s the cutest thing, Linda! I love it! We used to have an advent calendar with a little door you opened each day. I’d hide a peppermint or a chocolate kiss inside for each child.

  18. Jcp on December 8, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Merry Christmas

    • Laurel Blount on December 14, 2020 at 7:14 am

      Merry Christmas to you, too!! Hope it’s a wonderful one!!!

  19. Danielle on December 8, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    This book sounds awesome thank you for the opportunity

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 3:03 pm

      You’re so welcome, Danielle! Merry Christmas!!

  20. Barbie D on December 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for a nice Giveaway! I enjoy reading Christmas stories year round!

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 3:03 pm

      Merry Christmas, Barbie! I love Christmas stories anytime, too–they’re just extra special!

  21. Sherry Brown on December 8, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!
    Both books look great! The book covers look very inviting for sure!
    I absolutely love Christmas stories too!

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      Hi, Sherry! I know–I just love these covers so much! They’re both beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!

  22. Amelia on December 8, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    My favorite Christmas traditions are decorating the house and baking with my sister!

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      Oh, yes, Amelia!! Those are wonderful traditions! My sis and I have always gotten together and made crockpot candy with our kiddos. Sadly, we won’t be able to do that this year–she’s spending Christmas in Savannah. But we’re already making plans for next year!! Thanks so much for commenting!

  23. Dixie Neitzel on December 8, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Merry Christmas & a Blessed New Year!!

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you so much, Dixie! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too!!

  24. Kathy Johnson on December 8, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Merry Christmas!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      You’re so welcome, Kathy! I just love sharing books like these two! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!

  25. Alicia Haney on December 8, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    Thank you so much for the chance, these books look like such good reads and the book covers are Beautiful! I love them. May you and your family have a Happy and Blessed Christmas.

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 9:45 pm

      Hi, Alicia! I agree–these covers are so beautiful!! I love them both! Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

  26. Darlene McDougal on December 8, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Merry Christmas Laurel & to all your many readers!

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 9:44 pm

      Merry Christmas to you too, Darlene! Hope your holiday is beautifully blessed!!

  27. Mary Pat Johns on December 8, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and all your family. One of our favorite Christmas traditions is my husband’s cheeseball. It’s such a hit, my adult children tease me, saying I can come to Christmas dinner if Daddy brings the cheeseball

    • Laurel Blount on December 8, 2020 at 9:43 pm

      Hi, Mary Pat! Now, that sounds like an impressive cheeseball!! I’d love to have that recipe! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!! And I hope you enjoy that cheeseball!!

  28. Tina Radcliffe on December 8, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Just got your newsletter. BEST NEWSLETTER EVAH!!!!! I laughed about the decorations. hahahaha Welcome to my world. I pull down the containers of decorations and remind myself….if you put them up, you have to put them down. So minimalist it is. Solar lights outside. Tiny tree inside. Done! Everyone is happy. 🙂

    • Laurel Blount on December 9, 2020 at 6:25 am

      Hiya, Tina!! I hear you about the decorations! I seem to spend twice as much time taking them down as I do putting them up! I should learn from my mother in law. She has Christmas in the bag–literally. She covers her decorated tree with a garbage bag, pops it into storage, then pulls it out the next year all ready to go, LOL. Everybody is so excited about His Holiday Prayer!! Congratulations, my wonderful friend! Thanks so much for stopping by–and for writing a Christmas book that has a hunky cowboy and a dog on its cover. Seriously, how much better could it be??

  29. Tina Radcliffe on December 8, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Well that should say TAKE THEM DOWN. hahahaha

    • Laurel Blount on December 9, 2020 at 8:04 am

      Ha ha ha! I read it as “take them down”–never even blinked! See? That’s why we need editors!!

  30. Tamitra Keyes on December 8, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Merry Christmas. I think we all could use a little extra holiday cheer this year. My favorite tradition is every year my mom and I bake pumpkin bread and homemade goodies to give out as gifts and just to share with others as well.

    • Laurel Blount on December 9, 2020 at 8:06 am

      Hi, Tamitra! Yes, you are SO RIGHT!! We all do need a little extra love and cheer this year. I think your and your mom’s tradition is a beautiful one–so generous and kind!! We definitely need more of that!! Thanks for sharing!

  31. Virginia C on December 8, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Beautiful books–I love reading holiday stories all year long! My grandfather really loved celebrating Christmas traditions, and when I was a child, he and I were the official Christmas tree selectors. The two of us together always went and got the family tree. I have to say, he was a Christmas tree expert. The lights were strung with precision, and the decorations were placed “just so”. He wanted all the decorations on the tree–no matter how old and frazzled they were–because they all held family memories of holidays past. The tinsel was the thing, though–he carefully draped the tinsel one shiny strand at a time. As a child, i did not have the patience for this, so I would throw globs of tinsel on the tree. He would always find them and unclump them and put them back on, one at a time. When those trees were fully decorated, and the lights were turned on, I would often fall asleep on the floor by the tree, dreaming sweet dreams after gazing into the magic of the lights reflected on the ornaments and the tinsel.

    • Laurel Blount on December 9, 2020 at 8:09 am

      Oh, Virginia–I think you, your grandfather and I must be kindred spirits. Your comment brought back so many sweet memories! I also like all the decorations on my tree–even the janky ones, because they all have memories that I cherish. And the tinsel–oh, that made me laugh. I was just like you as a child–I would toss clumps, and my mom would come behind me and carefully separate each strand. I can still feel that slippery tinsel in my fingers! And yes, I loved to lie on the floor by the tree and just savor the beauty. Sweet, sweet memories. Thank you so much for sharing–I love to think of you and your grandfather going out to find a tree together. Melts my heart.

  32. Roxanne C> on December 8, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    So many lovely books and not enough time to ever read them all! As for Christmas traditions, since we have scaled back in so many areas, our favorite is listening to Christmas music everyday during the season and often into the New Year. Merry Christmas!

    • Laurel Blount on December 9, 2020 at 8:10 am

      Yes, Roxanne!! Yes, yes!! I LOVE Christmas music–my children groan a little when I turn it on. (So I turn it up louder, lol). Nothing puts me in the holiday spirit like Christmas music! And I totally agree with you on the “so many books, so little time” too. That’s a constant problem with me–I want to read ’em all! Thanks so much for sharing!

  33. Lisa Sanetra on December 9, 2020 at 7:55 am

    My favoirte Christmas tradition involves my Dad and I delivering toys to the local police station for their annual holiday toy drive. Afterwards we stop off at a local Dunkin Donuts for hot chcooclate ( my treat). However, this year because of the pandemic we will be getting those hot chocoaltes from the Dunkin Donuts drive thru and enjoying them at home.

    • Laurel Blount on December 9, 2020 at 8:15 am

      Lisa, that is such a beautiful and generous tradition–and how sweet that you and your father do it together. I love it so much–and I love that you are still going to savor that hot cocoa, even though it has to be done at home. I hope you have a blessed Christmas!!

  34. Megan on December 9, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Merry Christmas to you! One of my favorite Christmas traditions is listening to Christmas music as we open presents. It really makes it cozier.

    • Laurel Blount on December 9, 2020 at 12:51 pm

      Hi, Megan–I love that idea! Christmas music is something I really enjoy–it always lifts my mood. I love to listen to it while wrapping presents and opening them, both!! Hope you have a beautiful and blessed holiday!

  35. karenspeacefulplace on December 9, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Oh they sound like wonderful stories, can’t wait to be able to read them. Good luck everyone! Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and soon Happy New Year! We can have hope, right! 🙂

    • Laurel Blount on December 9, 2020 at 12:50 pm

      Absolutely!! I am definitely holding onto hope for a happy new year!! Or at the very least–happier! Hope you have a blessed Christmas!!

  36. Beverly on December 9, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for the chance to add more amazing books to my already huge TBR pile!

    • Laurel Blount on December 9, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      Merry Christmas, Beverly! I know just what you mean about the “huge” TBR pile. Mine really needs its own room–and you and I obviously need a lot more time to read, lol!!

  37. Cassie on December 10, 2020 at 8:38 am

    Our Christmas tradition is making Christmas cookies using my grandma’s recipe (honestly, it can only be that one). I don’t care how messy the kitchen gets, we have fun with my boys – trying to make the best and worse decorated cookies and Dad gets to the the judge!

    • Laurel Blount on December 10, 2020 at 9:14 am

      Hi, Cassie! Yes! Grandma’s recipes are non-negotiable! I totally understand that! And I love the idea of having fun, making a mess and then having a contest with Dad as the judge. That sounds like a wonderful family tradition–you’re making some truly precious memories!! Hope you have a sweet and delightfully messy Christmas, my friend!

  38. Debbie Guy on December 11, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Merry Christmas Laurel! I can’t wait until your new books are out. They are always great!

    • Laurel Blount on December 11, 2020 at 8:39 pm

      Thank you so much, Debbie!! You’re too kind. And Merry Christmas to you, too, my friend!!

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