Christmas has always been very special. As a child, I looked forward to the gifts. Now that I'm older, it's the time spent with family and all the laughter that fills my soul.
Since none of my family lives close, it's often months or sometimes a year between visits, but we always manage to get together at Christmas.
My favorite ones are when it snows and the world outside looks like a beautiful wonderland that sparkles with magic.
We bake up a storm, filling every nook and cranny of the house with delicious aromas. In my family, eating is one thing we do best. Before she passed on, my mama used to spend the whole month of December making wonderful desserts and homemade soups. And of course, her fruit cake. That was a tradition for as long as I can remember. It wasn't Christmas without that. No one cooked like my mama.
On Christmas Eve we put on music and sing. It's always a running joke about who is worse at carrying a tune, but it doesn't much matter. You won't find any of us on The Voice.
Gift-opening doesn't happen until Christmas morning after church services but it's always a time of more laughter and much eating.
It's a special time for us and over far too soon.
While the characters in my upcoming book TEXAS MAIL ORDER BRIDE don't have an opportunity to celebrate the holiday, this is how they might do it.
Cooper Thorne would gripe about having to cut down a tree, but then he'd pull Delta Dandridge under a sprig of mistletoe and kiss her silly and that would lead to other things. Probably after a few hours pass, he'd trudge to the barn with a big smile on his face and get the ax.
I'm sure there'd be much more kissing as they decorate the tree. But knowing them, they'd probably leave it half done and go off to snuggle.
They are a pair. But love makes people act pretty crazy.
I'm sure their gifts would be of a personal nature and best opened in private. Yet, Delta would put a sack of lemon drops under tree since he loves them.
Texas Mail Order Bride releases on January 6 but is available for preorder.
I'd love to hear your Christmas traditions.
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