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Next Stop, Christmas!!

Every year, the day after Christmas is not Black Friday and fighting the multitudes of frenzied shoppers to buy, buy, buy for us, but a day of setting up the Christmas tree and decorations, eating leftover turkey, pumpkin pie, and my daughter's birthday cake, and making up our Christmas lists.

How did it get to be this late in the year already?

Next thing we know, it'll be New Years!

But for now, we'll settle for the Christmas holidays--seeing Christmas shows, attending Christmas parties, and the inevitable Christmas shopping.

And since I'm not working this weekend, I'm off to finishing up teaching two online classes, preparing for three for December and writing Plight of the Wolf.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving who celebrate it, and wishing everyone fun-filled and stressless holidays ahead.

So the question is--Do you have any Christmas traditions you'd like to share?

Late breaking news!!! I just got an email from the Toronto Romance Writers of America asking me to present my Happy Hooker's Workshop in Toronto!!! Canada, here I come! :) Woohoo, New Years is already looking great! :) I'll also be giving it in Shreveport in the Spring and can't wait! :)

Terry Spear
Heart of the Wolf----Publishers Weekly BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR!!!!!


  1. My day after Thanksgiving tradition is to go out with my son, Mike, and buy a Christmas tree. It seems to be getting easier, either that or the guys at the local garden shop know what kind of trees I like and show me that one first. The past two years I've bought the first one they pulled out.
    My poinsettia was still alive from last year, but not blooming, so I got another one, just like always. One thing we did do differently was to actually go shopping last evening. We had dinner at Red Lobster and went to Borders and Walmart, none of which were very crowded at all. Maybe Black Friday was a bit more tame around here than usual, either that or we waited long enough for all the crazies to get tired and go home.
    Saw a bunch of my Casa sister's books on the shelves at Borders, along with my own, which is still a very nice feeling!

  2. Ahhh, that's so nice, Cheryl! :) Yeah, that's great on the books. I've seen a whole lot at our B&N here too. :) It always makes me feel good to be with such a great group of ladies. :)

  3. Great minds think alike, my answers will show up in my next blog. But yeah, its that time of year.

  4. LOL, Michele, my dad always used to say that!

  5. Christmas traditions? Hmm...

    Oh, I know. When we moved to Maryland eight years ago, we missed our Christmas Eve party we'd had every year in Boise. We'd invite all our friends over, exchange gifts and read all the little ones the Christmas Story and The Night Before Christmas before our friends would leave for Midnight Mass or to get home to await Santa's arrival.

    After moving to Maryland, we all suffered from terrible homesickness and the Holiday's made it even worse. All our friends were 2,000 miles away, and we had yet to make new friends. Instead of hanging around the house moping, we decided to go to our favorite Chinese Restaurant for dinner Christmas Eve.

    That first year, we were the only customers at the restaurant which was highly unusual since the place was always packed. The owners and servers ended up joining us for Christmas Eve dinner. We had so much fun.

    Over the years, the restaurant has gotten much busier on Christmas Eve so we no longer get to eat with all our friends from the restaurant, but everyone working there makes sure they stop by our table for a cup of tea or just to chat for a little while.

    We were there for dinner the other night and, as we were getting ready to leave, the owner said he was looking forward to seeing us Christmas Eve.

    LOL It seems it's become a tradition for them, too.

    Robin :)

  6. Ahh, I love that story, Robin! :) That is so nice. LOL You made a new tradition for them too. :)

  7. Terry, sounds like your new year is off to a great start already. Some of my favorite Christmas traditions are taking my son shopping so he can buy gifts for his relatives, watching "Scrooge" starring Alistair Sim, hearing a performance of Handel's "Messiah" and watching the city light up around me. Thanks for introducing us into the season.


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