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Few things would bring me out of my self-imposed Noodle Noggin hyper-ventilation writing marathon and G-L-O-B hiatus. Among them?

  • Make Believe,
  • For the Love of Christmas, and
  • A blog article on Christmas written by someone else — Jennifer Eaton — a prolific blogger with two anthology publications hot off the presses this month.

What’s not to love about those three in combination?

Christmas is my favorite holiday. Many memories and traditions toast my marshmallows at this time of the year. I plan to have a holiday traditions post to share next Friday — even it’s a photo-journal of my Christmas trees past and present.

Today, I turn my blog over to Jennifer Eaton.

Please join me in welcoming Jennifer, fellow blogger and writer, and…

[Pause for Kazoo trill.]

and the author included in two anthologies released this month —  Make Believe and For the Love of Christmas.

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CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

by Jennifer M. Eaton

Thanks Gloria!

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, too.  One of the things I love about Christmas is Tradition.  The cool things about tradition is that it means something different to everyone.

Growing up, we always had a manger scene.  We set it up early in December, and every day Mary and Joseph would take a step closer to the manger.  Baby Jesus hung out on top of the manger’s roof until Christmas morning, when the Wise Men and the Shepherds arrived.  So much fun!

Another of my favorite Christmas memories is lining up with my brothers and sisters in our pajamas on Christmas Eve, and each taking a turn walking down the hall to the fireplace to hang our stocking while my Dad videotaped.  Now, back then a videotape meant a huge blinding light shining on you that would blind you so bad that you couldn’t see and had to go to bed.  (Hey—maybe he did that on purpose!)

These are all such great memories that I continued them in my own home, passing on these great traditions to my kids, (minus the blinding lights).

I thought a lot about tradition when I was creating the Christmas story “Connect the Dots”.  I wanted to come up with something very unique.  My original idea was to have the characters send letters to Santa, but I wanted something with a little more oomph.

My kids right now are all about Origami.  I have little paper toys all over my house!  One of their favorites is a “ninja star”.  As I thought it over, I realized that these would make great Christmas ornaments.

The idea struck me, and I ran with it.  In “Connect the Dots” Jill and Nicky write their Christmas wishes down, and instead of placing them in a mailbox, they fold the letters into stars and hang them on the Christmas tree.

What a wonderful setting for Christmas magic to begin!

So many people who’ve read my story remark on that one aspect.  “What a wonderful tradition”.  It always makes me smile.

So, what special traditions do you look forward to during the holidays?  Do you have a dreidel spinning competition? Do you hide your stockings for Santa to find?  For those of you lucky enough to celebrate both holidays, do you hide your dreidel inside your Christmas tree and see who can find it first?

Oh!  there’s going to be so much fun coming up next week I can’t stand it!

Come on, share!  What’s your favorite tradition?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer Eaton lives on the East Coast USA with her husband, three boys, and a pepped up poodle.  She hosts an interactive website aimed at making all writers the best they can be.

Twitter:  @jennifermeaton

Web:  www.jennifereaton.com

Blog: http://www.jennifermeaton.com/

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Me again! Repeating what I said in the introduction for this prolific blogger and writer, Jennifer sets the bar high. She has TWO…!

Count them.

Go ahead.

I know you can do it. One…Two…

She published both a Novelette and a Short Story in anthologies available for purchase this month.

I am so jealous impressed, I want to spit dance.

Jennifer deserves both a happy dance and kudos. I had the pleasure of being one of her early beta readers for Last Winter Red. She took a picture that didn’t speak to her, fought with her muse until they agreed on a theme, and brought a convincing, compelling story to life.

Take a peek at the blurbs, then stay and comment. We have a treat for you.

Her Dystopian novelette “Last Winter Red” is available as part of the “Make Believe” Anthology from J.Taylor Publishing.

Last Winter Red:  In search of a husband, Emily leaves the safety of the city and risks her life stepping into the outside world.  What she finds there will question the foundations of everything she believes in.

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Her Christmas Romance “Connect the Dots” is available as part of Still Moments publishing’s “For the Love of Christmas” Anthology.

Connect the Dots:   Jill has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but when it looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill makes a Christmas wish that will change both of their lives forever.

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Both are available in ebook format from Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com and Smashwords.

Guess where another copy is available.

Right here! Respond to Jennifer’s prompt to leave a comment and we will select one lucky winner for a copy of the anthology of his/her choice.

My treat. Well, Jennifer’s treat, actually — since she did all the work putting those magic words together.

I’ll tag along, carry her luggage, and will  purchase a copy for one lucky commenter with my tips. Tell us one of your favorite Holiday traditions. If you don’t have one that pops for you, do what I would do.

Make one up!

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