Festive Fun – English Style – Quick Five!

Yes, it’s ‘the most wonderful time of the year’! Only two more sleeps! (Assuming you can sleep on Christmas Eve!) I know it’s fashionable to be all ‘bah humbug’ about Christmas (or Hannukah/Festivus/Kwanzaa etc), but I really do love this holiday season. From the twinkling lights, the decorated tree and house, the festive food, the cheesy, schmaltzy films to the presents, celebrations and traditions. Speaking of traditions, I thought it would be fun to share with you some our English Christmas traditions. Because we don’t have Thanksgiving over here in England, the period between Christmas and New Year is extra-special for
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Holiday Gloom and Drive-By Nativities

I have seriously committed to the Christmas Spirit this weekend. After waiting until practically the last minute to do any decorating at all, this weekend we have put up the Christmas tree (with an insane amount of lights), put lights, decorations, candy canes and everything else you can think of inside the house. LED Christmas tree in the den? Check. Miniature tree with tiny ornaments for the kitchen? Check. Shiny silver garland in the kitchen? Check. I even put some lights up outside around the kitchen door because we decided – spontaneously, at the last minute – to have friends
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Close To Christmas Weddings

When I was a teenager, my older cousin Cindy got married. It was in Ohio. In December. In the cold and snow. I was all of 13, but fit in well with two of her sisters who were a year older and younger than me, so I was quickly enlisted in the bridesmaid corp. It was my first winter wedding. It was my first wedding as part of the wedding party. We wore burgundy velvet, floor length gowns. Our hair pieces were head bands with silk poinsettias glued to them and instead of bouquets of flowers, we carried white furry
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Susan’s Dark Holiday Secret

Before I confess my secret holiday shame, I should lay the ground work.  There are some things you should know. 1)  I go to church for the music.  My faith is spotty at best but I love to sing, & there’s nothing like feeling your way through the alto part of an unfamiliar hymn to wake a girl up.  Plus, when you’re only one of a hundred or so voices, nobody can hear you fumble.  It’s just good, clean fun. 2)  I learned to harmonize from my mom, who knew every alto part to every Christmas carol ever written.  And
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Grounds For War–Jeanne & Cassondra Food Fight Day 2

Jeanne: So, Cassondra, were you surprised by yesterday’s food fight results? I know I was! So many people like Krispy Kremes! And I think you won the total overall vote for glazed donuts. (Pardon me while I roll my eyes, okay?) Cassondra: Well, they’re popular for a reason. Jeanne: Yeah, yeah. Okay. So moving right along…what about dipping? Do you dip your donut in coffee or tea? Cassondra: Neither. I dip in milk. I like milk with my donuts.   Ha! Bet ya didn’t see THAT coming. *grin* Do you dip? Jeanne: I’ve done it on occasion, in my coffee. *looks
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The Great Donut War – A Cassondra and Jeanne Food Fight

Cassondra: A really, really bad thing has happened. Jeanne: Oh no! Cassondra: That’s a picture of the bad thing down there on the left. See it? Jeanne: *squints* Is that a donut shop? Cassondra: Oh, heck yeah. That’s a brand new Krispy Kreme donut shop. It opened this week in MY town. Jeanne: Ew. Yes. That is a bad thing. Cassondra: *takes a moment*   Wait. You’re serious?  *takes another moment* Are? You? Kidding? Me? Jeanne: Nope. Don’t like ‘em. Cassondra: You are my evil twin!  HOW can you not like Krispy Kreme? OMG. They’re from your home state! Wait…don’t say
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Not Just For Kids (Part 2)

Last month, you may remember, we chatted about picture books.  This month we’re going to round off our discussion with books for older children, say fourth grade or so and up.  These are favorites of mine, and I hope you’ll share favorites of yours. Two of the books on today’s list won the Newbery Medal.  The Newbery is named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newberyand goes to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children” in a particular year.  It’s awarded by the Association of Library Services for Children, a division of the American Library Association.  A complete list
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Bandit Booty from Suz

We have a winner! CONGRATULATIONS, JANE!! You get a print copy of CLOSE TO THE FIRE!   Send my your snail mail addy to suzanne AT suzanneferrell DOT com and I’ll get it in the mail to you!

Bringing You Holiday Cheer

I saw a post on social media today that made me sad. A lovely lady was having trouble getting into the holiday spirit because of all the greed, negativity and bad news in the world. I totally understand where she’s coming from. It’s hard not to get depressed if you watch the news. So I thought I’d try to spread some holiday cheer today by sharing some favorite places I like to go online to make myself smile. Think of them as virtual stocking stuffers in your virtual stockings. The Good News Network – Have you ever said to yourself,
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Allie Burton winner

The winner of an e-copy of the LOST DAUGHTERS OF ATLANTIS COLLECTION featuring the first three books in the series: Atlantis Riptide, Atlantis Red Tide, and Atlantis Rising Tide is ELF! CONGRATULATIONS, ELF!! Please send your email addy to me at suzanne AT suzanneferrell DOT com and I’ll see Allie gets that prize to you ASAP!

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