Friday, December 7, 2012

CRAZY ABOUT CHRISTMAS!


By Lizzie Turner
 from the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries


I just don't think it's possible to be any more keyed up than I am right now. First there's all this excitement because the second Ashton Corners Book Club mystery Read and Buried, was released just a few short days ago -- and I've got to say, I'm real anxious to know what y'all think about it -- and then, here comes Christmas! My most favorite time of the year.

This year, I'm really hoping that Mark Dreyfus, the guy who makes my toes tingle, and I will be able to snag some quality time together. But since he's the police chief here in Ashton Corners, the Christmas Grinch might tie him up with a body or two. And, I hate to think of any tragedy happening around this happy time of year.

I also look forward to the traditions that have been a part of my Christmas over the years:  singing at the midnight church service; having brunch with my mama at Magnolia Manor where she lives, and giving her a gift on Christmas Day (it's always a challenge to try to find the perfect gift, something that might reach into her world and show how much she's loved); and, finishing it off with a traditional Christmas meal at my dear friend Molly Mathews house. That's like the angel topper on the tree.

Of course this year, I have all my new wonderful friends from the book club to include in the festivities and I'm hoping it will be the start of many new and memorable traditions!

What about you? What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

All comments will go into the draw for your choice of a copy of either A Killer Read or the brand new, Read and Buried (which incidentally takes place at Christmas).  


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60 comments:

  1. Since we were little kids, my sister and I have given each other presents for the twelve days of Christmas. It's still fun.

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  2. Exchange presents to my sisters and bro, and see their surprise faces when they open the presents :D

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  3. My mother had a set of Christmas dishes and glasses and when they came out it was the beginning of Christmas. Eventually they were passed on to me and then on to my middle son. Now I have a few select pieces that I have bought for myself. Memories.....

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  4. We go to see the Christmas lights at McAdenville, NC which is supposedly Christmastown USA. We do it every year as a family and I love it.

    Kimberlee
    http://girllostinabook.blogspot.com
    girllostinabook@hotmail.com

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  5. My favorite Christmas tradition is putting up the Christmas tree and decorations along with spending the holiday with my family.

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  6. I love it when I have finally finished decoration the tree, have plugged in the lights, and can sit back and admire it :)
    Also, receiving Christmas Cards is always nice.

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  7. The midnight candle lit services singing in the choir and playing my flute always was looked forward to with a special glow in my heart! Such fond memories! and, then going home to find our Santa gifts!

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  8. My husband is Italian, so on Christmas Eve it's the Feast of the Fishes!

    Beverly aka Booklady

    bevarcher at me dot com

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  9. My favorite family tradition is going to downtown Richmond to see the lights at the James Center. Reindeer are everywhere and the bank has a train set up which my son loved as a child. The hotel has a gingerbread village and poinsettas in every nook and cranny. My favorite night was when my grandmother left her purse in the car. My dad went back for it. We took a picture of him running accross the street with the purse. We teased him for years about his "purse snatching".

    Sandy 2012

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  10. We like to drive around and look at everyone's decorations

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  11. My favorite Christmas tradition cooking all the wonderful food and treats for my family that I look forward to doing every year and putting up the Christmas tree and watching my son's decorate it and watching how happy they are when they open all their presents and knowing that they enjoyed their Christmas. Their happiness is the most important thing to me.

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  12. I love decorating the tree and having the whole family together.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  13. My family always watches "Christmas Vacation" with the Griswold family together.

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  14. My family tradition going to my moms and eating her famouse ham. That is the only time we get to seethe whole family together.

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  15. My favorite tradition is decorating the tree. I am 55 years old, and still have a couple of ornaments from my first Christmas! Many of my ornaments are simple, handmade, and were givn to me by friends and co-workes, or purchased for a few dollars on a weekend trip out of town or other special occasion. Some I even bought while in colege in the 1970s, and a few were made by a close friend of my grandmother's. I love my Christmas tree because it's the story of my life, and reminds me of so many happy times and wonderful people.

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  16. Family tradition is riding around looking at Christmas Lights Christmas Eve.....

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  17. Themain thing I love about Christmas is being with family and friends. When I was younger I used to love sneaking downstairs before everyone else was awake to see what Santa left.

    Oh, I am reading Read and Buried right now and am loving it :)

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  18. getting together with friends and family to eat yummy food is what i love to do at any time of the year!

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  19. Any book cover with beautiful cats is a sure winner. Christmas Eve services at local Church always been a family tradition. Enjoying your tour entries. Thanks

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  20. We seem to celebrate Christmas a bit differently every year. One constant is opening and reading the Christmas cards to catch up with friends and relatives across the country and hoping they also look forward to receiving our cards.

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  21. Hearing my dad tell his WWII Christmas story - now that he is gone we still tell the story. Brings him close to all of us. :)

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  22. Just being with my family is enough for me! Now we have the 2 dogs and my sister is having a baby so the time we spend together will be even more special!

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  23. This is a new series, that I must go check out. Good luck with the new book.

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  24. My favorite holliday tradition is the christmas cake my mom makes - it is a family secret that has been passed down through the years!

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  25. My favorite holiday tradition is when we decorate our tree. We go out on 'Black Friday' and pick out our tree after we go visit our favorite artists' co-op in a nearby town instead of going to the mall or big stores. Don't like crowds. Then we go get our tree at our favorite nursery, take it home to rest it, then decorate it the next day. We put on holiday music and I unwrap each decoration and DH and Lady K put them on the tree. Then Lady K and I break out the village pieces and set up the town.

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  26. Every week throughout the year, we put $1 in a jar, then right before Thanksgiving we go out and spend the $50 odd dollars on as many toys as we can, and then donate them all to Toys for Tots.

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  27. My favorite Christmas tradition is the music - I never tire of the beautiful music which is written to celebrate the holiday.

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  28. I love the cover. Cats and books -- two of my favorite things.

    Opening presents on X-Mas Eve is a tradition in my family.

    catbooks(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. My Grandma's coffee cake. Baking cookies and all the decorations.
    Patti Smith

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  30. Christmas Carols because they always put a smile on my face! And even though it's not a tradition, I still get a "magical" feeling each Christmas morning.

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  31. I love Christmas, too. I adore putting out all the funky decorations we've collected over the years, especially the ornaments that I bought in various countries. What a great feeling when the kids come over and examine every one of them!

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  32. My favorite Christmas tradition is putting up the tree because the ornaments have so much history and meaning for me.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  33. I think my favorite Christmas tradition in baking cookies. My family all gets together and we put on music and make bunches of cookies. we may bicker a little, but its tradition. Plus at the end you get to eat cookies!

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  34. my favorite Christmas tradition is seeing my relatives, as we usually only see each other once or twice a year!!

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  35. living in alaska our tradition used to be to stay warm. we now live in oregon and are starting a new tradition. we are going to shore acres state park on the oregon coast to see the 300,000+ light the have there every year. it's going to be a combination christmas/my birthday tradition.

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  36. I love all the Christmas lights, spending time with family, and going to the Christmas Eve Service at the church.

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  37. Our christmas tradition is to watch Charlie Brown Christmas on Christmas Eve.

    Thanks

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  38. My favorite Christmas tradition is reading a Christmas book every year. I love it. I feel so much more connected to the holiday.

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  39. Thank you for the chance to win Read and Buried. About the only Christmas tradition we have is to have meats and cheeses for supper on Christmas Eve instead of a big meal.

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  40. My husband and I spend the day horseback riding and then a quiet evening.

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  41. Baking Christmas cookies, watching the Bishop's Wife with Cary Grant, and buying a new little $1.00 tree every year. At school, I wear a different glitter sweater every day for the last 12 days of school. The kids love to wonder what color I'll wear next.

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  42. I love watching It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, and White Christmas and our family always makes the same anise flavored cookies that have been made for at least three if not four generations. The house always smells great when these cookies are baking.

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  43. I love decorating the Christmas tree while watching Christmas movies. I love watching White Christmas and A Christmas Story during our tree decorating sessions.

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  44. Any TV shows with a Christmas theme. I could watch them all year long. Christmas movies, Christmas episodes of a series, anything Christmas. And growing up my Dad always hid our tree somewhere on our farm for us to find since we lived in South Dakota and there were no tree farms to go to. They would buy a tree in town and Dad would hide it and we kids would have to go find it on the Saturday that it was time to put it up. We loved it! And Mom would have hot cocoa and sometimes fresh donuts when we came in.

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  45. Advent calendars are my favorite tradition. Helps to add to the sense of joy and anticipation.

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  46. My favorite tradition is Christmas Eve with the whole family.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  47. Decorating the tree together

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  48. My favorite tradition is decorating the tree. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sable677 at yahoo dot com

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  49. Favorite tradition is going outside and listening to the steam whistle play Christmas carols at midnight on Christmas.It has been a York County, PA tradition since 1925. :) Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Holidays!

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  50. One of my many favorite traditions is listening to Christmas music year round. Merry Christmas. Thanks for the great reveiw, I enjoyed it. Blessings, Susan Fryman susanngarrylee@yahoo.com

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  51. We have so many family traditions at Christmas time, but decorating the house & tree would be the absolute favorite. So much fun. We did this just a few days ago & the house looks amazing.

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  52. My favorite Christmas tradition is telling my sister to bake cookies... so that I can eat all the cookies. :D
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  53. Getting together with my mother and two sisters to bake every year :) We spend an entire weekend baking and chatting. It's so much fun and we look forward to it each time. This year, my new little niece will be in the kitchen with us! We get to start a whole new generation's love for the Christmas baking :)

    Thanks!

    Marie
    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

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  54. I love going out with my family and looking at Christmas displays and lights.

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  55. FAvorite tradition? Our family always opened one present on Christmas eve.

    Debbie
    kagashi(at)fmtc(dot)net

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  56. Love this series, Erika is an amazing author!!

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  57. It's my birthday Christmas day and I love when everyone is wishing me happy birthday I am wishing them happy Christmas. It's fun when everyone sings happy birthday after we have had the turkey :0)

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  58. Really don't have any traditions. The last few years we've spent Christmas Eve with my husbands family and then stayed home on Chrismas day. Can't wait to get this book!

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  59. Your comment about finding the perfect gift for your mother is so true, whether it's for a parent, spouse, family member, friend, etc. is wonderful to find the "perfect" gift.

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  60. My all time favorite Christmas tradition would have to be getting new pajamas on Christmas Eve and going to my grandmother's for breakfast first thing on Christmas Day

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