Friday, December 19, 2014
Jingle Bell Book Hop: Free Books and Giveaways!
Welcome to the Jingle Bell Book Hop!
Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. It's not because of the gifts, the sweets, or even how crazy things get this time of year. Actually, I could do without all that. Instead it's the special memories, times with family, and the love you feel this time of year.
I guess I inherit my love for Christmas from my parents, especially my father. He passed away over 16 years ago. I think of him often, but it's not around his birthday, or when he passed, but I miss him most at Christmas time. He taught me to decorate and bring joy to others through your decorations, sharing what you could at Christmas, as well as all year through, and to just enjoy what the season stands for, which is Love.
Every holiday, he'd pick oranges from one of our orange trees and we'd juice fresh oranges for all the neighbors and friends. Mom would do some baking, which I later joined in doing, and we'd gather all the items up and go deliver them to everyone.
While these memories make me warm and fuzzy, it's the silly times we had, when I was very young, that pop into my mind most. One specific year we had two special memories. My dad and I put together the Christmas tree, and wondered why the branches were so bent out of shape. When we looked closer we discovered it was our cat stretched across four branches, sitting up in the tree, like he was king of the tree.
The very same year, on Christmas morning, I had left a Santa cup I'd made in school, using cotton balls, felt, and a red solo cup. I was so excited to leave it for Santa and give him a gift for Christmas. I heard a noise in the kitchen area and found the cup dropped on the ground leading to the backdoor of our house with my dad and our cat looking out toward the sky and waving, or in the cat's case, pawing at the sky. My dad explained that we must've been last on Santa's stops for the night. He'd gotten up to check a noise and must've spooked Santa, so he dropped the cup and ran to jump in his sleigh.
We've had many more memories since that time. I think I was about eight or nine years old then. But, that'll always be the Christmas memory that pops to mind the most. My father could spin some Christmas stories, but I loved it and use some of his inspirations today to create my own memories with my family.
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JINGLE BELL HOP ... HOP ... HOP!
1. Lacey Weatherford 2. Kamery Solomon 3. Belinda Boring 4. K.A. Hunter 5. Sherry D. Ficklin 6. Audrey Harte 7. Lauren K. McKellar 8. Julie Richman 9. Eva Pohler 10. Michelle Graves 11. Jackie Chanel 12. Janet Shawgo 13. Liv Morris 14. DA Love 15. Angela Goldsberry 16. A.R. Von 17. Jessica Gibson 18. Pauline Creeden 19. Kelley Grealis 20. Melanie Karsak 21. Cynthia P. O'Neill 22. Helena Hunting 23. Frankie Blooding 24. Morgan Kearns 25. Tijan 26. S. E. Lund 27. Vi Keeland 28. Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons 29. Tawdra Kandle