Saturday, December 7, 2019

Traditions and all that good stuff! #SeasonsGreetingsGIveaway

By Shelby Cox, from the Castle Bookshop Mysteries
                          by Essie Lang

What does winter mean to you? Is there snow? Neighbors singing carols door to door? Turkey with all the trimming? Yes to all of the above? It’s the same for me, too. I love Christmas in Alexandria Bay, NY even though we’re not able to spend it in Blye Castle, which is cozily tucked up for the winter.

That’s what happens in the beautiful Thousand Islands region – very few of the islands are accessible over winter and that’s why our castle on Blye Island, and of course that means our charming bookshop, is closed, waiting for spring. But that’s okay, we still have the main store in town, Bayside Books, open and in a celebrating mood.

I have to admit that my biggest disappointment is having to give up living in a super cool, fab houseboat over winter. It’s in drydock and I’m living at my Aunt Edie’s. But the upside is, she’s wild about Christmas traditions so it’s going to be a good one. Personally, I’m really looking forward to the neighborhood caroling, which will mean wandering through most of the town.

What is your favorite tradition or aspect about the season? 

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  1. WOW! You are on the ball posting very early on Saturday Linda/Erika/Essie! My favorite tradition is making cookies with my sister and nieces while listening to Christmas music. suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  2. I love the titles. Happy Holidays! I enjoy making cookies as well but I love seeing the wonder of Christmas through the eyes of my grandson.
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  3. My favorite Christmas tradition from the past 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.

    Present day tradition is putting out Snickerdoodle's Christmas decorations. He is our 15 year old chihuahua. He has his own Christmas tree that is decorated with hotdog garland, food bowls and fire hydrants for decorations and a light up star made our of bones. There is a chihuahua train that goes in front of it where all the train riders from engineer to caboose rider are chihuahuas. The rest of the display is made of dog Hallmark ornaments and photos of Snickerdoodle past and present arranged on a bed of cotton batting to resemble snow. At our home, it isn't Christmas until Snickerdoodle is ready. :)

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  4. There is an annual Candlelight tour that we do every year. Thanks for the chance

  5. Happy holidays- mollie

  6. Decorating and watching holiday movies together. Thanks for the giveaway

  7. Driving around looking at Christmas lights on houses and pretend to see Santa so the kids get excited. Thank you for the chance

  8. I enjoy decorating the Christmas tree, baking Christmas cookies and getting together with family and friends. Happy Holidays!

  9. I always make homemade caramels and peanut brittle. I love making them and giving them away as gifts. Hope you have good holidays!

  10. I love that we spend Christmas Eve day making treats for Santa (& ourselves).
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  11. School events at several schools.

  12. Our city's tree lighting ceremony.

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  13. People in the neighborhood caroling. It makes for a scrumptious evening.

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  14. I love baking holiday treats with my adult kids. I also love spending time with family. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  15. I love being with friends and family, seeing Christmas lights, and snow.


  16. Decorating the tree is my favorite tradition. As a child, my mother did not allow us to put ornaments on the tree. So now I love to decorate the tree the way I like. It is an opportunity to look at each ornament and the memory associated with it. Happy Holidays! Kris Doodlesink(at)hotmail(dot)com

  17. For us it is a simple pleasure,driving around looking at homes and businesses decorated.vadersheshepard(at)embarqmail(dot)com

  18. I enjoy seeing the faces of others as the receive a gift and open it. Making cookies and our Christmas
    dinner,together with my daughter, makes special memories for the two of us.

  19. I go with my brothers family when they go to the tree farm and pick out and cut down their own tree!

  20. Now that my children are adults, we've shifted our family Hanukkah dinner to lunch. Our sons work for my husband and our daughter works for me, so it is easier to get together during the work day. cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

  21. Looking at all the Christmas lights and decorations is my favorite tradition. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  22. My favorite tradition is attending the Christmas Eve candlelight services at church. There's nothing quite like sining Silent Night by candle to get into ring in the holiday.

  23. The last few years I have a new Dec. Tradition...I attend the Dickens Christmas Festival and dinner. Its been great fun and very festive.