Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Happy Holidays from Cajun Country and a #SeasonsGreetingsGiveaway!







By: Maggie Crozat

From: Fatal Cajun Festival

Author: Ellen Byron

Series: Cajun Country Mysteries
Publication Date: September 10th, 2019
Publisher: Crooked Lane

Happy holidays, y'all! Maggie Crozat here from Crozat Plantation B&B, closing out Killer Characters' Season's Readings month of giveaways.

We LOVE the holiday season here in Cajun Country, when the most exciting thing happens on the old River Road. We, along with our neighbors, build these giant bonfires on the levee that we light on Christmas Eve, supposedly to guide Papa Noel's way to all the Cajun children. It takes us about a month to build one. Some are shaped like teepees...


But some people build fancy shapes...


If you want to know more about all that goes with this great tradition, my author built a whole book around it: A Cajun Christmas Killing.Thinking of going? Click here for some helpful info.

To celebrate the holiday season, my author is doing a great giveaway (U.S. only, I'm afraid). You'll get a mass market limited edition of  A Cajun Christmas Killing, along with an ornament, coaster, bookmark, and an Advanced Reader Copy of the first book in her new Catering Hall Mystery series, which she's writing as Maria DiRico!


Comment below by 11:59 p.m. PST December 17th to be entered in the contest. Make sure to include an email address with format of youremailname (at) yourserver (dot) com. I'll share the winner in the comments on December 18th.

And seasons greetings, all!

Readers, do you have a special holiday tradition you love?



69 comments:

  1. I enjoy putting up the Christmas tree as they remind me of many adventures and people we knew. I also enjoy sending and receiving Christmas cards. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  2. Every year we go to Christmas candlelight tour where they have a historic Victorian homes. Thanks for the chance.
    Jess
    Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. That sounds beautiful. What a way to get into the Christmas spirit!

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  3. We bake cookies to leave out for Santa 🎅! oohllala(at)aol(dot)com

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  4. Thanks for the chance. We bake cookies and go see the trees at Disney Springs.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Now I need to look up the trees at Disney Springs. I'm sure they're great!

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  5. One of my favorite traditions is baking cookies with any kids we have visiting. It's always a fun time. mbradeen (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  6. I enjoy decorating the tree and remembering the special people, places, and memories associated with each one. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  7. After we decorate the tree we enjoy storytelling which involves all of the family recounting family anecdotes from the past which are happy, sad or interesting. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. What a wonderful tradition. We may borrow it this year!

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  8. We sure don't have anything like that. Amazing! We just decorate our tree. Thanks for the contest. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. One of the traditions we have is that the children make the decorations for the tree-paper chains, strung popcorn and cranberries. It also has lights on it.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I love that you follow time-honored decorating traditions like that.

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  10. An old Christmas tradition that I loved was my Dad always arriving very early so he could go down the hall saying “Hohoho Santa’s been here!” and waking up our daughter to go see what was under the tree. It was a tradition that we all loved – including his granddaughter. When she had just turned a teenager, she actually woke up very early to get dressed and fixed up (you know teenagers when it comes to having their photos taken) and then crawled back into bed just so Pappaw could “wake her up” Christmas morning like he always did. I cherish these memories since both Dad and our daughter are together now having Christmas in heaven. <3 Mom joined them a few years later.

    Now it's just the three of us - hubby, me and our 15 year old furbaby chihuahua. Our traditions are smaller now that we down downsized three years ago. However, we love putting up our small little chihuahua tree display. The tree itself decorated with hotdog garland, fire hydrant and food bowl ornaments and a star made out of bones that lights up. In front of it is the chihuahua train. All of this sets on our large low table top in the living room.

    One tradition that we care on from past generations is the sharing the bounty of the kitchen with friends, family, those that can't get out and the elderly. My Mom started baking all sort of cookies, batches of candy, fried pies and several cakes. She would then make up goody bags that I'd help her deliver to what seemed like everyone as a child. I can remember the looks of appreciation and desire to dig into the boxes on the faces of the recipient - especially the elderly and those home bound - and what joy it brought to both my Mom and me. Now with hubby's help (he loves to bake as much as I do) we continue that tradtion using my Granny's and Mom's recipes plus a few I've added through the years to bake up tons of goodies. We distribute them in the same way Mom did. It not only makes my heart feel like I know Mom's did, but it makes me remember and feel like Mom is there with me in spirit.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Kay, what a beautiful, touching story. I can't tell you how much I love that chihuahua tree display! Our furbaby is a chi mix. And how generous and kind of you to share what I'm sure are fabulous cookies with those in need.

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  11. Merry Christmas! This is one of my favorite series. I can just picture the Old River Road and the levees. Can't wait to read the book and looking forward to your new series.
    diannekc8 (at)gmail(dot)net

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    1. Dianne, thank you so much! I love that you can picture exactly what I'm creating. That's a great holiday present for ME!

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  12. Happy Holidays! Love the Cajun mysteries!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  13. Happy Holidays! I love the Cajun mysteries. In addition to a good story, you get all that fascinating Cajun history and tradition. And what a fantastic giveaway! Thanks.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you so much, Sally! I'm so glad you appreciate the tidbits I throw in about the region.

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  14. What a great Christmas present this would be! Hope you have a terrific holiday!
    debprice60(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. Interesting new writing name.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  16. We spend Christmas Eve day making treats for Santa (& ourselves).
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  17. I enjoy making cookies with my sister and nieces that have been handed down from our grandma and mom. And I like driving around and looking at all the Christmas lights. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to the whole Killer Characters family! suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I now have a yearly tradition where neighborhood girlfriends and I drive around looking at decorations, then stop for drinks and snacks at a local restaurant. Happy holidays to you as well!

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  18. I love decorating the Christmas tree as a family. I have also gotten my boys little 3 foot Christmas trees for their rooms and watching them decorate their trees is such fun. Thanks for the great giveaway! acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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    1. What a wonderful tradition to start with your sons!

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  19. Spending Christmas Eve with my family and then going home and spending Christmas in my pjs with my husband and pup. Awesome giveaway! kkcochran (at) Hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Thank you! We'll be spending our Xmas in PJs, too.

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  20. At Christmas I usually put up a tree with vintage German ornaments. This year I put up a tree with Belleek ornaments from Ireland to represent my Grandmother's side of the family.
    jcozart@paintrocksupplies(dot)com

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  21. My holiday tradition is worship on Christmas eve with candlelight. Thanks for a chance to win. ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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    1. I LOVE candlelight Christmas Eve services. Frankly, it's not Xmas without them to me.

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  22. Santa comes on Christmas eve this year we are thankful because we will be home,husband has had surgery for stage III cancer and finished all the radiation 5 days a week 3'months. 2 more operations after. Just being home and no more 50 mile traveling to hosp every day. Is a happy holiday. Merry Christmas to ALL

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    1. Kathy, I'm so glad your husband is doing better. You have a lot to celebrate!

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  23. What a generous giveaway - thanks you for the chance to win - I'm alone, so don't really do Christmas any more - trwilliams69 (at) msn (dot) com

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    1. So glad you appreciate it. And happy holidays, Taylor.

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  24. I agree with Taylor, being alone no Christmas except for Christmas eve church service. Thank you for the opportunity. lindalou64(at) live(dot) com

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    1. Christmas Eve services are my favorite part of the holiday.

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  25. I love our special Christmas morning sweet rolls. It wouldn't be Christmas without them. Going to the Columbus Zoo to see the lights is also a fun holiday tradition. mcastor07(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. Making cookies and candy with my mother.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Sounds like a lovely tradition. Especially the candy part.

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  27. Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service.

    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  28. I love our family's Hanukkah celebration. Thanks for the chance. This series sounds so good.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. I have a menorah I bought in honor of my late father. It's very special to us.

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  29. I love going to traditional Christmas Eve programs at church. Love singing traditional hymns with friends.

    kaye.killgore(at)comcast(dot)net

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  30. Decorating the tree,,,I’m 72...and we’ve been married 46 years. Our tree has decorations that were mine as a child as well as ones our children made in preschool and grade school. We have them from grandchildren and now great grandchildren. Each piece holds a special memory. I also have a Christmas Village that ranges from unlighted Amish farms, to small town, to city, to ski resort and amusement park. We especially remember each piece our youngest son painted, purchased, or decoration made as he was killed by drunk drivers in 2003 at age 21. We focus on good memories now. Two of our other six children always help decorate the tree...they are 39 and 49...each child had a decoration engraved with their name from the time they were small. Each year they would place it higher on the tree. Now these two grown men, hold hands and place Russell’s decoration as high as they can reach. Since one is 6 ft 2... it makes it right below the star...then they hug, and smile and wipe a tear away....it does our hearts good...then we all have a hot drink...and enjoy the younger grandkids who are teenagers. One of the older grands has a ten year old and an 8.5 year old...so the tradition carries on!

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    1. Renee, what a touching story and heartbreaking loss. It sounds like you have a wonderful family. And your Christmas Village sounds so pretty.

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  31. My goodness, those bonfires... especially the one shaped like a ship. Wow. I have been to a bonfire during the holidays, but it was more of a fire in a fire pit on the beach. Still awesome.
    lavendersbluegreen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. Thank you all for sharing your lovely traditions and personal stories. Chosen by a number generated through random.org, the contest winner is Kay Garrett. I wish you all the happiest of holidays and blessings in the new year.

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  33. I do love decorating the Christmas tree with all of the family helping.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  34. After we eat and open gifts,we have a bonfire and sit around it and catch up on what everyone has been up to.

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  35. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. I go every year with my brother's family to a tree farm. They pick out and cut down their own tree! tWarner419@aol.com

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  37. I'm thrilled when you give away a book, but all these extras included just floors me - thank you.

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  38. Driving around looking at Christmas lights on houses and pretend to see Santa so the kids get excited. Thank you for the chance Merry Christmas �� Donakutska7@gmail.com

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