Happy Hump Day, RG2E Peeps!
Here’s a wonderful post from RG2E Featured Author Joan Reeves on all of her favorite holiday decorations.
Take it away, Joan…
Don’t you just love this time of year? I love the holiday songs which is why I mentioned various ones in my Christmas Romance Nobody’s Cinderella, available at all ebook sellers and in audio at Audible and iTunes. If you live in snow country, you probably walk along humming “Walking In A Winter Wonderland.” If you live in a warmer climate, as I do here in Texas, you probably get your winter wonderland from television.
Each year as I decorate for Christmas, I think of the many parts of my life that are reflected in my decorations. One of the joys of my mother’s life was decorating the Christmas tree. She grew as excited as a child about it every year. As I unpack all my holiday treasures, I laugh when I think of the “drunken” fruitcakes she made every year at Christmas.
I lay out my Cajun Christmas storybooks on the coffee table. These big picture books tell of St. Nicholas with a pirogue pulled by eight alligators. As a child growing up on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, those books with the Cajun patois bring back the best of my childhood.
Then come the Christmas lights. When I lived in Japan, I bought strings of lights that were tiny Japanese lanterns. Now these exotic tree decorations are older than my children, and every year they grace either my tree or get strung over the doorway into my office.
Also from my time in Japan, I have a ceramic Christmas tree a friend gave me. She spent most of her time at Kadena Air Base in the ceramics shop. The base of the ceramic tree was broken years ago. Now it sits on a small wrought iron stand. Some of the little plastic “lights” have been lost along the way so I’ve replaced them with colored ball beads that let the light shine through. It’s still very pretty and very precious to me.
When I lived in New Mexico, I learned from a friend how to make a tumbleweed Christmas tree for a tabletop decoration. The prickly tumbleweed was sprayed with artificial snow and each pointy tip had a tiny colored glass ball glued to it. The end result was utterly beautiful.
My mother-in-law who grew up in west Texas had a paper lace doily tree that someone had made for her. She’d had this special tree for decades. The white paper lace doilies were yellowed and browned with age, and the tree had a decided slant to it, but, lit underneath with a small white light, it was still pretty. She had added little gold angels to it at some point. When the tree quite literally fell apart back in the late 1990’s, she saved the gold angels and gave me 3. Now they “fly” on top of our tree every year in memory of her.
I love all of these worn, but well-loved decorations. You probably have similar stories about your holiday decorations. I encourage you to share your stories — especially with the children in your life.
Christmas is just a wonderful time of the year, and I am truly appreciative of those who have read my books or listened to my audio books and posted warm reviews. Thank you one and all.
Since this is the season of giving, I want to give a Christmas gift to a lucky RG2E visitor today. From all the blog comments today, I’ll choose one to receive a copy of the audio book edition of Nobody’s Cinderella. Just leave your email address if you’d like to win. All names will be put in a hat, and my first holiday visitor who arrives tonight will draw the name. I’ll contact you by email and will leave a comment here on RG2E also.
Thanks, RG2E crew and your loyal fans, for having me here today. I wish you all Peace, Love, and Joy this Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!
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I just luuuvvv hearing about favorite holiday decorations, Joan! My fave is a hand-blown and painted glass elephant my great aunt had made for me when I was a toddler. Gosh, I treasure that one…
And thanks sooo very much for the wonderful Audio Book Giveaway!
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