Sunday, December 24, 2017

Decorating Traditions and a #bookgiveaway!

Character:      Savannah Webb
Series:           Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries
Author:          Cheryl Hollon


Hi, Savannah here. I'm feeling sad and grateful. This will be the first holiday season without my dad. But, truthfully, it feels a bit like years past since I put up all the decorations. The year after my Mom died, he let me figure out what traditions I wanted to continue and what traditions I wanted to start. He was wise that way.

My favorite part is putting up the Christmas tree. It's always a real tree, but only about five feet tall so that I wouldn't get overwhelmed. I put on the lights first, then the ribbon garlands and finally start hanging the ornaments. In one time-worn box are the fragile ornaments that my mom made during the first Christmas of their marriage. They didn't have much money, so she made a dozen out of egg-cartons, poster paint, glitter, glue, and scraps of lace and rick-rack that she gleaned from the bottom of her sewing box. The white one has in the picture has cutout openings filled with colored tissue paper to resemble stained glass panels. It's the first ornament I put on the tree and it gets the front and center position. 



The last holiday installation task is to display my mom's collection of snow babies. Mom loved them and she would get one every Christmas from Dad to add to her collection. They rest on a pair of crocheted place mats that my Grandmother made.




What are your unique decorating rituals?

There's a #BOOKGIVEAWAY! Leave a comment and your email address in the form of name(AT)server(DOT)com to avoid the SPAM bots. Do this by midnight on December 24 for the chance to win your choice of a signed copy of any book in the Webb's Glass Shop Mystery Series, Pane and Suffering, Shards of Murder, Cracked to Death, or Etched in Tears. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes.


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Etched in Tears released on November 28, 2017 and is available on AmazonNookKobo, and in all your favorite bookstores. It is published by Kensington Books You can also ask your library to order it for you.


About Etched in Tears


When a famous glass artist is murdered at his own exhibit, deadly secrets are put on display, and it's up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb to see through a killer's cover.

Celebrated glass artist Dennis Lansing is returning to St. Petersburg, Florida, for an exhibit at the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum. His unique style of embedding document images in his art is at the vanguard of contemporary glasswork. But as Savannah's first boyfriend and a former apprentice to her father, Dennis's return home has her reflecting on the past--a trip down memory lane that takes a dark turn when Dennis is found murdered at the museum with an old reference letter from her father in his pocket. A search through her father's records sheds new light on Dennis's history, but it seems his present life wasn't so transparent either. Now, with a gallery of suspects to consider, it's up to Savannah to figure out who fits the mold of a murderer.



Meet the author:

Cheryl Hollon writes full time after she left an engineering career designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind the house, Cheryl and her husband George design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass and painted glass artworks.

Visit Cheryl and her books at her WebsiteFacebook or Twitter

39 comments:

  1. I put up the crocheted Christmas tree my mother made, along with the tiny ornaments she made for it. schmokercarol(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. My mother crocheted a beautiful tablecloth for our Christmas buffet display. It was gorgeous.

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  2. I don't have any unique decorating rituals. But I love celebrating Christmas! Merry Christmas everyone! suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I love the celebrating as well. Good Luck in the Giveaway!

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  3. We decorate a regular tree, then we decorate a Basset Hound tree. I have been collecting Basset ornaments for many years because I always have Bassets, and adore them. Thankfully, my husband feels the same and enjoys finding ornaments. Merry Christmas!
    browninggloria at hotmail dot com

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    1. Oh my goodness, how adorable! Husband and I get ornaments as our vacation souvenirs. Good Luck!

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  4. Well, my decorating traditions changed in 2013 when Flaming Chi To became the first cat we ever had that liked to knock over our Christmas Tree. Now I have an 18in. tree on top of a 6ft. tall curio cabinet, and the Christmas Village that my daughter painted the buildings for me is inside the cabinet. ����

    But there are ornaments that are old favorites on the tiny tree. A petit point ornament one of my grandmothers made. Three little glass VW Beetles that had been my other grandmothers. A stained glass one a friend of ours made. Our two kids "baby's first Christmas" ornaments and a inexpensive metal one that has "Our First 1977" engraved on it that my hubby and I bought all those years ago.

    May you and your family have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!

    pearl(dot)r(dot)meaker(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. When we had a cat, he avoided the Christmas Tree altogether. I didn't know I was so lucky. Good Luck!

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  5. We have lots of bells on our tree and The Christmas Pickle. We also like carousel horses. We have one that a clown and very ugly. We all fight over who gets to put it on. So much fun.

    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. I love the fight over the clown! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  6. Our daughter went to her heavenly home at the age of 17 leaving an empty holes in our hearts that we feel with precious memories. One way to doing that is every Christmas we put up a special separate little tree that we call our Angel's Tree in which we put her special ornament that she made or that were bought specifically for her that she loved. Her tree is about 3 feet tall and always has a prominent place in the living room. We also place some of her standard ornaments on the big tree - like the Barbie ones or the year 1, year 2, etc. ones so she is present on that tree too. :)

    We also lost my Mom in 2014 after some nasty cancer and Alzheimer. Hubby and I were full time caregivers for the last five years of her life here in our home. Mom's nickname from my Dad has been Frog and because of these, she had collected frogs for ages. Her prized ones came from my Dad. So there is a display of her Christmas frogs on the sofa table as well as frog ornaments on the main Christmas tree.

    The reason for the season is the uppermost reason we celebrate Christmas, but it's also a time for remembering our angels in heaven. To place parts of their collections around brings them closer to us during such a happy, joyous time of the year and allows us to remember the happy times.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. What a warm, caring, and wonderful way to celebrate your angels. Merry Christmas!

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  7. A cute mini tree which has a place in my heart with the special ornaments that are precious to me. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. We're still decorating a live tree. It gets smaller every year ;-) Good Luck!

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  8. We have lots of handmade stuffed animal ornaments that my mother in-law made when the kids were real little. They are special to us and much loved by the kids since they could handle them without fear of breaking them. They were close to my mother in-law who lived with us and passed a few years ago. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I enjoy the handmade ornaments more and more as the years go by. Merry Christmas!

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  9. The tree is colorful and delightful filled with beautiful old but cherished ornaments from parents and grandparents. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. We have some ornaments that my husband made when he was a child. They're special! Good Luck!

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  10. I'm almost 83,January, and have ornaments from my first tree till 2 years ago my youngest family moved from my house to the house they bought next door..My DIL puts them up now. I still do a village of Hallmark Houses and Shops that I started from their first year and a tiny Christmas tree with the miniature ornaments. RUTH NIXON ruthenixon(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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    1. I started collecting snow babies in 2000. I try to get a new one every other year. Good Luck!

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  11. I collect Santas so I always display a few of my Santas & will usually buy a new Santa to add to my collection. I always read A Visit from St. Nicholas on Christmas Eve. Our daughter has assumed the responsibility of hosting the family gathering on Christmas Day since my Mom passed away in 2013. Our daughter's tradition is to have a huge live tree so this year's is 18-1/2 feet tall! She & her husband designed their new home in 2014 with a living room to accommodate a huge tree like this one. lnchudej@yahoo.com

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    1. How wonderful that your daughter is hosting Christmas Day. My daughter-in-law took over when they bought their big house. It's nice to be a visitor and not the host. I thank her every year. Merry Christmas!

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  12. This year nothing but most years it’s stars. I have not done a real tree in a vary long time. Last year it was a rosemary plant that I decorated . Gave it to a friend with more light then me after Christmas.

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    1. I love the smell of those little rosemary trees. Unfortunately, husband sneezes like crazy. Merry Christmas!

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  13. We're spending today making treats for Santa. Happy Holidays!
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Lovely traditions.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  15. We put up a tree and decorate it with ornaments that have come from close friends. We also try to get a Christmas ornament from different places that we visit. Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas to all! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  16. We have so many decorations I feel like I try to rotate what we put out each year. Merry Christmas!
    Awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  17. I use glass ornaments that represent woodland flora and fauna. Pine cones, wee mice, acorns, birds, etc. bobwiesmann at gmail dot com.

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  18. We are old, retired, and no family close. We just don't bother any more.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  19. We don't decorate for the holidays anymore, but I do love looking at other people's decorations. Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year. ellenjbumblebee (at) gmail (dot) com

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  20. Lovely post. And some of the comments. For us. We alternate the way we decorate. One year the store bought items we have been given, or inherited over the years. The next. We make. But always. We have a very small tree that we take with us and most every Christmas Eve we visit the nursing homes in our area. There are many who were placed there. Then forgotten. We were made aware of this when I was an early teen. I followed the tradition with my kids. Now that they are grown. They do it with their families. We have gotten back so much more than we have given. Many have sent us cards of thanks. Even a couple of family members were made aware of what we did for their seniors in the homes. They have sent us cards as well. That is our special Christmas tree. Every year. In the form of a tree. We tape them to the wall. The last 3 years we have gotten the addresses of shut-ins in their own homes. We do them earlier in the day on Christmas Eve. The ability to share is the greatest talent I believe. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com.

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    1. Congratulations Della! The RANDOM.ORG application picked your name. I've e-mailed you to ask for your address.

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  21. We used to have alive tree with ornaments,Christmas stockings, and some hand made displays. Then we took in rescue cats and that was the end of that because they would attack the tree and dangling things. Now I just put up some Christmas stockings. We also like to see Christmas lights and decorated yards and houses...memories of childhood. mmamacitagrita(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. My main decorating ritual that is individual is that we use electric candelabras in all the windows--the same thing we did to decorate when I was growing up. It's a unique look, whether we go w/ the orange bulbs (the ones I grew up w/) or white/clear bulbs. I'd love to read this book, or any of the ones in the series--ty for the giveaway! legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  23. We don't decorate anymore. Maybe if they'd have some kids they'd get in the spirit again. At least I can still sing my carols. Merry Christmas!
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  24. Sorry for you loss, I hope you still have a nice Christmas. Georgia
    queenvictoria50(at)aol(dot)com

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  25. I put up the tree and all around decorating in the house - this year fund white feather trees in 3 different sizes for tabletop with white lights.

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  26. My favorite decorations are my dachshund ornaments on our little tree. Merry Christmas! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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