Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas from Boston!

from Mia Marlowe...
The holiday is over. The tree looks naked without any presents under it. Everyone is tired of left-over turkey. The DH is headed back to work. We just put our oldest daughter on a plane this morning. I'm sad that Christmas is over and we only have several months of cold weather to look forward to. But we had a lovely Christmas here and hope you did too. Here are a couple pics I snapped on Christmas Eve at Boston Commons.

I was delighted to see that the decorations on Boston Commons included a menorah and this lovely creche. Evidently the PC Christmas police didn't make it to Boston this year. If our strength is in diversity, let's celebrate it and name things as they are. When I lived in Park City, UT, I learned that the predominantly Mormon population there celebrates July 24th (the day Brigham Young said, "This is the place.") with as much fervor as my family had always celebrated July 4th. When someone wished me a Happy July 24th, I thanked them and accepted the wishes in the spirit in which they were meant.

Since I believe words mean things, I wish people "Merry Christmas." If someone wishes me a Happy Hanukkah or a Happy July 24th, I know they simply mean me well and am not the least offended. So please accept my hearty Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I wish you all the best in 2012! What is your favorite holiday memory from this year's celebration?

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If Santa didn't leave a KINDLE in your stocking, don't despair. Pop over to my website and enter my new contest in celebration of the release of SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER. The grand prize is a new KINDLE and the random drawing will be held on January 31st. No purchase required, of course! 




10 comments:

  1. I can only be confessing this on this blog: Christmas Day I finished a novella for Their Graces, the Duke and Duchess of Moreland. Yes, I talked to family and opened presents and consumed the requisite holiday comestibles, but... I haven't finished anything since spring, so that was a very special present for me. Merry Christmas to you too!

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  2. Congratulations on the new release, Mia!

    I had a nice day too. My favorite gift? The tiny Coach phone case my husband gave me. I have a weird shaped phone and it won't fit in a lot of pockets designed for them in purses. Now I have an even prettier place to keep it.

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  3. Getting a box that said put in freezer immediately upon arrival. I opened it and found a zombie game that my son and DIL sent to my daughter and SIL for Christmas. It was just too funny. And of course the frozen turkey that we had to cook. You see, it began like this--I bought it on Sunday, worked and was on this humongous blog tour and cleaning and getting ready for my family to land in for the next two weeks, but I told myself I had to move the turkey to the fridge Wed morning before work. So did I?

    Nope. Thursday night after I got off at 9 and got home, I remembered the turkey. Alls well that ends well...and all that sort of thing. But you should have seen my son and me trying to remove the turkey neck with brute force! We finally managed, the turkey was cooked to perfection and on time, and soooo it worked!

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  4. This year my brother had decided not to come for Christmas but changed his mind at the last minute and flew in to surprise my mom. When she came over to my house for brunch he popped out of a box wearing an elf costume. Oh yes, I have the pictures! Fun times!

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  5. That's awesome, Amanda! What a creative thing to do!

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  6. Wow, Grace. Still writing on Christmas Day? That's dedication. I'm afraid I played hooky for the whole time our daughter was visiting.

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  7. Yay, Ashlyn! I can't wait to read the final version of your newest story in your "Flirting" series. Have a wonderful time on your upcoming vaca!

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  8. Terry, I've had so many culinary disasters over the years if something bad DOESN'T happen in my kitchen it's time to alert the media! So glad yours turned out ok in the end.

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  9. Oh, Amanda, those kind of surprises are the best Christmas gift possible!

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  10. Spending a quiet Christmas Eve here at home with my guys and finishing Wildcat! (CSC#9)

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