Sunday, December 11, 2016

Saving Family Christmas Traditions

by Betty Foxx, from Sparkle Abbey's Pampered Pet Mysteries 


Hey everyone, it’s Betty Foxx filling in for Cookie. She’s busy working at the boutique helping our awesome clients pick the perfect gift for their pampered pooch.  We’ve got a great collection of fancy ceramic pet food dishes if you’re looking for a little something to tuck under your tree for the furry friend in your life.

Anyway, back to why I'm here. Cookie was yapping my ear off the other day about how Christmas was a magical time of year. It isn’t that I disagree. Heck, I’m not a Grinch. I’m all about how Christmas doesn’t come from a store, and miracles can happen on any street, not just 34th in New York city.

What caught my attention was the wistful gleam in Cookie’s eyes. Now, that gleam could have been from the twinkling colored lights or the sparkling ornaments, but I think Cookie was wishing for her own Christmas miracle.

At first I thought she was thinking about her hunky ex, Grey. Who could blame her? He’s hot stuff! But then she got to talking about her childhood memories with her cousin Carol, the pet shrink, and the crazy family dinners that lasted for hours. Then she went on about how they’d play board games into the night, laughing and arguing. Listening to her share about how close those girls were growing-up, it’s hard to believe those two are still carrying on that silly feud. But they are. They're both hotheaded and stubborn, neither one willing to be the first to admit they miss the other one.

It got me thinking, I bet there’s something I could do to help reunite these two and create a Christmas miracle right here in Laguna. If only they’d collaborate on solving one of these murders, then they’d have to talk to each other! Right?


What about you? Do you have any family Christmas traditions that you miss?

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62 comments:

  1. I haven't read this series yet, but it sounds great. I've always had dogs, but when we lost our Micki earlier this year, I said I needed some time to heal before getting another one. It just about kills me every time we lose a pet. I have 2 little kids begging for a pet, of course I caved. 2 guinea pigs (Pinky and Taffy) from Best Friends for now. Most likely a dog in the spring, unless one finds it's way to our doorstep before then...which happens more often than you would imagine. Off topic... sorry. I miss going to my grandma's when she was alive...she was the feistiest 4'10'', 95lb women you've ever seen. She's whip out her oxygen cannula and smack you with it, if the occasion called. She would smack anyone within swinging distance with a frying pan right on the funny bone just for a chuckle. Man, I loved that woman! She was a riot with a wicked sense of humor. She would also tear someone limb from limb if anyone hurt someone she loved. I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season, remember to breathe! konecny7@gmail.com

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    1. Marci, so sorry to hear about Micki. Losing a pet is difficult! While your heart heals, you can't go wrong with guinea pigs name Pinky and Taffy! As for your grandma, she sounds like a treasure and kept everyone in line! You have some wonderful memories of a great lady. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. Both of our daughters live a considerable distance away so I miss having all our families here for Christmas. And this year, we'll be missing my Mother who passed away in October. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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    1. Dianne, so sorry to hear that you lost your beloved mother. Being apart from family over the holidays is difficult. We wish you comfort and joy this Christmas.

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  3. I miss baking cookies together with my family. We all live in different states and are never under one roof for the holidays. Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com

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    1. Baking together is a great way to spend time with each other. We hope someday soon you all get to be together again!

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  4. Iused to bake a lot of cookies but cannot as I have to be gluten free
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Debby, we're learning all about being gluten free ourselves. We've recently found some great recipes online. Hopefully the cookies taste as good as the photos look! Thanks for commenting.

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  5. Thanks for sharing today! I would love to win a Sparkle Abbey book! I've lived away from my family for almost 15 years so my normal xmas is different from what I knew growing up. I have a son who is almost 2 and I want to make sure I incorporate some of my families traditions into his xmas celebrations. My favorite is the xmas box filled with books and coloring books that only comes out in December. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

    Bec
    Rlewis11797 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Bec, what a wonderful idea and great tradition to keep alive! We love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. We would bake with my mom every year , kids and grandkids all together till she passed away . I miss the family time and love that went along with all the great cookies ! kathambre@yahoo.com

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    1. Kathy, so many of us seemed to have baked with our grandmothers. It really is a special time together. Of course, like you said, the cookies were pretty amazing too!

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  7. I miss the daily gift exchange during Hanukah, although we did it differently. Each one of us gave one night and received on others. Then, for the extra nights, we'd go shopping for a charity and make donations. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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    1. Margo, what a lovely and meaningful tradition! Thank you for sharing and the reminder to give back to others this time of year!

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  8. I would love to win a Pampered Pet mystery—thanks for the chance to win one! Life was very difficult when I was a child, so I have no family traditions that I miss but I do like my life now.

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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    1. We glad that you're enjoying life! That's truly a blessing. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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  9. I miss the baking and cooking with my mother who is gone. We miss being together with family ehich is precious. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. We totally agree. Spending time with family is to be treasured!

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  10. A Pampered pet Mystery would be great. What I miss the most is having the entire family celebrate a big meal together. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. We love the big family meals too. And fighting over who gets the last dinner roll. :)

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  11. I miss helping my mom bake the mounds of cookies and desserts each holiday. She was a great baker and worked miracles in our tiny kitchen. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for commenting! There's something extra special about Christmas cookies that Mom baked. It must be all the love that she put into the cookies.

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  12. I miss the large family gatherings. My husband and I live in another state from our families. It is cozy with just the two of us though.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Hi Connie! It's nice that you have each other. We hope you both have a wonderful holiday season!

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  13. I miss big holiday meals. Now that I'm the adult, I realize how much work my mom, aunts and grandmother did to feed us all so well. lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. Yes! As a kid, all the hustling around the kitchen was a mystery. As an adult you understand that holiday dance had been happening for hours, if not days, prior to eating that wonderful holiday meal! Thanks for reminding us how much the women in our lives loved us!

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  14. This sounds like a good series! I miss Christmas with my grandparents, who are all now deceased. mcastor07@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Melissa, thanks for commenting. We have a lot of fun with the series. Grandparents are special regardless of our age!

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  15. My dad and I always ate oyster stew together on Christmas Eve; now no one but me likes oyster stew so the tradition has died. My hubby and I have started the tradition of having Swedish sausage, but to me it's just not the same.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Oyster stew and Swedish sausage sound delicious! Love that you're starting a new tradition.

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  16. Good luck with your reuniting efforts.
    I miss having the family together at Christmas.
    My husband has been gone 13 years. The grown-up
    kids don't get along that well so they come at
    different times. We don't have any small ones
    to make Christmas fun. It's just not the same.
    thanks
    Mary Lou at txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Mary Lou, sorry to hear the family isn't all together at the a same time. We hope this Christmas is one to remember for many years! Thanks for commenting!

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  17. I have never seen this series. My favorite was My Moms sweet potatoes and Jello mold, & Babis potato dumplings & sauerkraut. Debbie Wroble em NastyWisc788@outlook.com

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    1. Love the Jello mold! That brings back memories of our Christmas meals!

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  18. I miss waking up at the crack of dawn with my sisters to see what Santa has brought us. Of course now the kids do it. Thanks for the chance. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Many of us had that tradition! Did you happen to leave out cookies for Santa before you went to bed?

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  19. I miss having a Christmas tree and family around it. We stopped getting a tree years ago because one of our cats was allergic. Now we live in a small place so don't have the room, also don't have the room to host the family that includes 14 grandchildren. But we do Christmas Eve at one of the daughter's and it's always a blast. And we have a wreath on the door and lights on the windows, so we're not totally bah humbug. Also miss my sister who died in 2008, she loved Christmas and would put up two trees! :)

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    1. Wow! Fourteen grandchildren? How wonderful! It sounds like Christmas Eve is full of laughter, love and a lot of fun!

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  20. I miss my parents at Christmas and our Christmas Eve and Christmas day traditions. This year I will also be missing my beautiful cat, Ms. Mouser, who left me on Thursday. She was my best friend for over 19 years and I'm feeling kind of lost and empty right now. Merry Christmas!
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Dianne, we're heartbroken to hear about your beloved Ms. Mouser. We're sending love and comfort your way!

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  21. I miss the fun we'd have at my grandparent's house. One thing we'd do it sit around the table, Grandma, Grandpa, my parents, Aunt Bert, "Uncle" Mike and "Aunt" Sid from next door, we'd pick out of a hat one of the 12 days of Christmas then we'd sing it, each singing our piece in turn. Oh what fun and laughs. My parents and I are the only ones left. And Dad's not doing well.

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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    1. That sounds wonderful, just like a scene from a 1950's Christmas musical! What a lovely tradition. Thank you for sharing!

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  22. Life is too short to miss out on family.
    Unless they are really loathsome!

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  23. I miss all of the time spent with extended family, both, prior to and after Christmas. Especially miss my mom and grandma. servedogmomATyahooDOTcom

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    1. It does seem that as we get older, it becomes more difficult to gather extended family in one place. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

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  24. I enjoy the time I get to spend with family, but then when they leave I miss all the fun we had together, and the laughter we share, and while I'm spending time with them and the extended families, I make as many memories as I possible can. jillybeans41@gmail.com

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  25. Growing up, we would all gather at my grandparents' house on Christmas Eve and eat finger foods, reading the Christmas Story, singing carols, and opening presents. They died several years ago in an accident, and since then it has not been the same. That Christmas Eve tradition was Christmas to me. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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  26. The tradition I miss the most is when my grandmother was alive and the whole family, all the aunts and uncles and cousins would all go to grandma's house for Christmas Eve. It was wonderful. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. Sharon catwoman-1@comcast.net

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  27. This is a wonderful series i have read a few of them and posted on a few sites. I miss spending Christmas with my grandma she died 3 years ago when she was 100 and all the kids would come and her huabnd would dress as Santa. I now live in Ia and they are in Ca so alot has changed i do get advent calanders out to them and stockings to try to keep everything 1/2 normal,.,ptclayton2@aol.com

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  28. I miss having the kids wake up and do their stockings before breakfast. They're adults on their own now. mommatoodle at msn dot com

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  29. I miss having the kids wake up and do their stockings before breakfast. They're adults on their own now. mommatoodle at msn dot com

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  30. First, I love the name 'Sparkle!' Second, I miss the big breakfast the family would after presents were all opened. My dad would make pancakes--the only thing he knew how to fix, other than barbecue--but, they were animals, mostly Christmas bunnies. I loved that...miss that...I think I'm going to make pancakes this year!
    kat8762@aol.com

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  31. There are so many things from my childhood that my family & I did during the holidays. One particular tradition was me helping mom bake cookies, fudge, all kinds of sweet treats that she not only baked for our family, but, for neighbors and friends as well. Thanks for a chance to win! sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  32. We have carried all of the traditions down through the generations. Very important.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  33. Miss the tramping into the woods looking for the perfect tree. And my Grandmothers blue ribbon fruit cake she made from scratch. Including doing the candied fruit and rinds herself. Soaking it in rum soaked cheese cloth for 6 months. Then on Christmas Eve she would make hard sauce and serve the cake with hard sauce drizzled over it. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  34. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com decorating the tree and listening to Brenda lee rockin around the Christmas tree!

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  35. I miss having my 2 kids home with me for Christmas vacation! They are both adults now!
    lindaherold999@gmail.com

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  36. Unfortunately, growing up my family didn't have traditions. Now, we bake cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve and open one present.
    kvmatlock (at) Gmail (dot) com

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  37. Sparkle Abbey's Pampered Pets Mystery series is one of the best I've ever read. One of our family traditions is to have a fish
    dinner on Christmas eve and lasagna as part of our Christmas meal. We don't do the seven fish meal that is tradition in some
    families but do have some form of fish dinner. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. My uncle passed away several months ago. This will be the first Christmas season with all but one of the significant adults in my life now gone. I miss the chaos and excitement of extended family trying to all get around one table for a holiday meal. And the bright lights of the old 8mm camera trying to capture the madness on film.

    wismomworks@gmail.com

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  39. I miss every tradition that I did with my mother she is gone now I do try and recreate some of them with my own children to keep the memories thank you iamabho (at) Gmail (dot) com

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