Happy Sunday, RG2E Peeps!
How ’bout some Holiday Hustle and Bustle scoop from RG2E Featured Author L.C. Giroux?
Is it just me or did they rewrite the calendar so that December has only four days in it? I think they put the remaining days in August but I may be wrong. So like everyone else, December always throws me. I have to take my already packed to the gills schedule and turn it up to Eleven. It would be so much easier if I could convince the family that food is optional and clean clothes are highly over-rated but that doesn’t look like it is going to happen any time soon. Which is fine since I barely have time to talk to them anyway.
Here is how I’ve started to make my life easier. Two things really. For my immediate family I’ve decided that they get experiences instead of stuff. Now there may be some stuff involved too but it becomes easier to figure out what to get if there is an experience attached. Say you were going to give someone a spa/makeover kind of day, they would get little things that go along with the theme but basically they are getting the experience of pampering. It strikes me as a little crazy that we go nuts trying to find the perfect “thing” in December and then spend the rest of the year figuring out where to put it all.
For my extended family I am a huge fan of the same gift for everyone concept. My Mom would do this since we had a huge extended family, all the men got fudge. It sounds crazy except every year those guys loved their fudge -and wouldn’t share! Now, I love gifts you can make for both giving and getting but sometimes it is just not feasible so here is what everyone is getting this year from me. A blank notebook, chunky carpenter’s pencils and a note that says something along the lines of.
This is your life. Write boldly! You have permission to make mistakes and don’t worry about not having an eraser.
I’ve made an elastic pencil holder that slips over the cover of each book.
I am not the only creative one in my family, heck, I may not even be the most creative. But the philosophy I wrote there does allow me to be the most productive. What I am really giving to them is not just a notebook but the acceptance to be who they really are, at least with me.
So for all of you I wish the same thing, since I believe everyone has some creativity in them but I can’t send you all notebooks to write your life story. I can give you an Ebook Gift Copy of my new Christmas short story. Leave a comment, what present giving traditions do you have?
This is the Lovers and Other Strangers 2012 Christmas story. Mel is all grown up and has met her match.
Jacob has no defenses against her or her family.
And the whole family is here.
L.C. Giroux is an Amazon Bestselling author in the US and the UK. She writes steamy contemporary romance because she doesn’t need a vampire to see the magic in the every day. Her previous career was writing laboratory protocols. Romance is much more fun. She is also a founding member of WG2E’s Beach Book Blast.
You can find out more about her at http://www.lcgiroux.com
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/QCVyTB
Luv the idea of “gifting an experience,” L.C.!
Thanks bunches for sharing your Holiday Scoop with us and for the fabulous Ebook Gift Copies too!
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