Welcome to the Jingle Bell Book Hop! I’m thrilled to be joining with some fabulous fellow authors to share some holiday fun.
I’m excited to share some Perfect Dishes with you. These are definitely not the type of Dishes you serve on your Christmas dinner table. . .though they are definitely smoking hot. (And if tables are your thing, go for it!) The men of the Perfect Dish Novels are the kind you’d like to find wrapped under your tree. . .unwrapping could be fun.
The first book in the series, BEST SERVED COLD, is ***free*** on all venues right now.
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I’m offering you a chance to win the second book, JUST DESSERTS, just in time for the release of
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All you need to do is comment below, telling me about your favorite Christmas tradition, and on Sunday night, we’ll choose three commenters at random to win JUST DESSERTS in the ebook format of choice.
And ONE lucky winner will win signed paperbacks of all three books. Don’t forget to hop around to all the other authors and see what fun they’re cooking up!
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My favorite Christmas tradition is every Christmas Eve we all pile into the family vehicle (or 2) and go around 3 towns (live in a small Podunk county) and look at all the christmas lights! It’s something we’ve done since I can remember no matter where we’ve moved we’ve always done it! (We’ve only moved twice before coming back home) I am now 23 and its something I look foreward to each year!
I love to look at the lights, too. My kids enjoy rating them, based on their own personal preferences. Thanks for commenting, and merry Christmas!
lisa markson firstname.lastname@example.org We always bake together then afterwards we get into the car and drive around and looking at all of the christmas decorations and lights on people’s houses. Merry Christmas
Yum, baking and lights! Merry Christmas, Lisa! <3
We always play the dice game for gifts but there is always the gag gift of a porm dvd and lotion so its funny to see who gets it and see if there is any lotion missing or scratches on the DVD. Thanks! Merry Christmas!
Ooooh, spicy! Thanks for sharing. . .merry Christmas!
Favorite Christmas tradition… our family wakes up and does a nice quiet opening of stocking ‘ s and then we load kids and dogs into the car and head to gramma ‘ s house. We have breakfast and then open gifts. The kids get an hour or so to play with their new things and get dressed. And then the fun really picks up as family starts trickling in. Armed with goodies from candy to hot wings a huge buffet style meal is set up. We break out the whiskey slush and euchre cards, Chevy Chase and A Christmas Story.
We spend the day with family and friends eating, drinking and being very merry! And sometimes it is 3 AM before we get home. But whenever you get a chance to have 40 or 50 guests having a great time then a late night is to be expected. Merry Christmas!
That actually brings tears to my eyes, because that was my Christmas growing up, and until about 8 years ago. Now, with the older generation passing and us living so far away, it’s just our small family, and it sometimes feels like we’re missing something. Treasure each of these holidays. <3
My favorite Christmas tradition is going to Christmas Eve Mass where all the children act out the Gospel with my family. Thanks for the contest and Happy Holidays.
Love that! I enjoy our Christmas Eve services, too. Merry Christmas!
We always have to have the little jelly fruit slice candies for Christmas. My mom always buys them and puts them in our stockings, even though we’re all over 30 LOL. We always joke that it can’t be Christmas without them!
Isn’t it funny that it’s the little things that can make or break the holiday? Thanks for sharing. Now I want fruit jellies! Merry Christmas 🙂
Thank you so much for being part of the hop! Happy holidays to you and yours 🙂
Merry Christmas, Kamery! Thanks for putting this together.
Merry Christmas, Tawdra! I’m all for the Perfect Dish so thanks for the free ebook. Can’t wait to dive in <3
Thanks, Belinda. Hope to run into you this year at one event or another. . .merry Christmas!
Hi Tawdra! Just hopping by to say thanks for participating in this event and thank you very much for the free book. I love the whole dish idea! That’s awesome!
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too! <3
Thanks, Lacey–have the merriest of Christmases!
Thank You and Merry Christmas
My favorite tradition is to all load into the car with Hot cocoa and cookies and drive around and see the lights.
Yum, hot chocolate! That sounds awesome. Merry Christmas!
My favorite Christmas Tradition is every Christmas my dad makes creamed chipped beef and over medium eggs on toast and we drink mimosas (now that I am over 21 I can join too). We always have to eat breakfast before we can open presents, as a kid I think my parents used to lay awake in bed wondering how long they could prolong our agony. Then they would get up make breakfast and give the all clear. Once we were allowed someone would play “Santa” and deliver presents to everyone one at a time and we all took turns opening them. I think that doing things that way made us appreciate our presents more instead of ripping into everything with lightning speed forgetting about everything but the last present opened. Now I do the same thing with my kids and I love every second of it even if I am super stressed out leading up to the big day.
That morning makes all the craziness worth it, doesn’t it? I love how you were made to suffer through breakfast. . .my kids would die. And they are all pretty old now. . .merry Christmas!
Favorite Christmas Tradition is watching our boys decorate our tree without our help. Where they place the ornaments is where they stay. I like the randomness of placed ornaments rather that the perfect laid out plan. We have ornaments collected over the years that we each place on the tree and a new picture for that year is taken. This has been done since before they were born,
I’m with you, Veronica. My mother-in-law had beautiful, color-coordinated trees, and I loved them, but ours is a living history: each ornament tells a story or reminds us of someone we love. Thanks for sharing, and merry Christmas!
Favorite Christmas Tradition is watching our boys decorate our tree without our help. Where they place the ornaments is where they stay. I like the randomness of placed ornaments rather that the perfect laid out plan. We have ornaments collected over the years that we each place on the tree and a new picture for that year is taken. This has been done since before they were born. sugarocg@gmailcom
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Merry Christmas, Tiffany!
My favorite tradition has been and always will be getting together with my family and sharing stories and making new memories. Thank you and Merry Christmas!!
That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it, Alysha? Merry Christmas!
Thanks for the chance! And for the free book! I picked up Best Served Cold just now! 🙂
LOL.. forgot, my best Christmas memories was always decorating the tree with my dad! 🙂
Oh, thanks–hope you enjoy it! They’re fun books, and I love the characters. Merry Christmas!
My favorite tradition is dinner with the family. It’s the one time that we are all together and I love that.
Indeed. . .family together is where it’s at. Merry Christmas!
We always go to my parents’ house on Christmas Eve and have a small dinner. A few presents are opened and then we go home and the kids get ready for Santa by leaving milk and cookies. They love their grandparents and I love that they get to have them as a big part of their life.
Treasure that always. . .my kids lost all their grandparents fairly early, and they miss them terribly. We love talking about the memories, though! Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Merry Christmas to you and thank you for being a part of the hop! I sat here scrolling through your page, I loved the banter between you and Vincent, and am really excited to see where it leads. During this time, I was silently saying your name in my head, you have a fun name to say. I started saying it in various ways, and my favorite was in the voice of how I imaging Vincent begging to be in a book, “Tawwwdraaa please!”
Sorry the cold medicine must be catching up to me.
Ahaha, Annie! I’m interested to see what develops with Vincent. That boy feels like trouble to me! I’m giggling, picturing you having fun with my name. 😉 Hope you feel better soon and can ditch the cold medicine. Merry Christmas!
Happy holidays! Thanks for the chance!
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Merry Christmas, JoAnna!
My favorite family Christmas tradition is “Little Christmas” – on the feast of the epiphany (January 6th) my family (mom, Dad, brother, hubby, daughter, and I) all get together for a family dinner and then we exchange small (under $10) gifts.
That’s awesome, Kathy. I love when the old traditions are upheld. . .we observe Epiphany, too, but a little differently. Merry Christmas!
I just wanted to stop by and wish you Happy Holidays, Tawdra!
Merry Christmas, Eva!
hmmm….with 2 toddlers my hubs and I are working on new traditions…but my favorite tradition would have to be dinner with my mom’s sisters. Get a little wine in them and the fun begins!!
Thank you!! Enjoy your holidays!!
LOVE it. . .family is so much fun. Even more so with wine. 😉 Merry Christmas!
My Dad and I used to go out into the woods and get our tree. We’ve now switched to artificial, but I always liked going out and finding just the right tree.
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We used to love hunting our tree when we lived in NJ. Now that we’re in Florida, the hunt takes place at a corner lot. . .thanks for commenting and merry Christmas!
favorite Christmas tradition was breakfast at my parents house before everyone going their separate ways firstname.lastname@example.org
Aw, that’s a great tradition and memory. Merry Christmas!
being with family…….thanks Lisa T email@example.com kindle
Yes, family is what it’s all about. . .merry Christmas!
Love our ugly Christmas sweater every Christmas eve.
Oh, how fun. My kids would adore that. Merry Christmas!
Our tradition is that we always make cut out sugar cookies and decorate them together. Merry Christmas, firstname.lastname@example.org
And share them with hungry authors? yum! Merry Christmas!
Christmas Eve movie night after church
My daughter and son-in-law do that with his parents. Fun! Merry Christmas.
My favorite memory is when I was still in high school. On Christmas Eve, my parents had little snacks that we would share while watching A Charlie Brown Christmas or White Christmas as a family. Then after the movie was over, I would go over to my great Aunt’s house and would spend the remainder of the evening with my grandmothers, cousins, aunts and uncles. Happy memories, especially of my great grandmother.
Thank you very much and Happy Holidays!
How special that you have these precious memories. . .and I love me some Charlie Brown Christmas. Merry Christmas!!
Our favorite tradition is to open one present the night before christmas <3
Thanks for the fun!! kindle email@example.com
Yes, we usually let the kids open Christmas PJs. How fun. Merry Christmas!
Thank you for the gifts.
Favorite tradition is to gather extended family and watch old home movies and tell stories
Love the stories! That’s how we pass on memories. . .share those stories. Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas! Thanks for hopping over!
My favorite tradition has always been Christmas Eve. My dad would make his shrimp cocktail and we would have the fireplace going, Christmas tree lights on and the shrimp and other appetizers. The shrimp was the biggie! We would sit in front of the tree and fireplace, have music in the background and eat and laugh. If there happened to be presents from extended family, we would open those, otherwise we would till morning.
Love this. It’s the simplest things that we remember the most fondly. <3 Merry Christmas!
It’s not really a full family affair on Christmas eve in our family. Christmas day is the day it all goes down, but on Christmas eve my grams and I will stay up late watching Christmas movies while we finish wrapping presents and cleaning.
And those are the sweetest times. . .wonderful! Merry Christmas.
Every year, since my boys were infants, we’ve read Twas the Night Before Christmas together…14 years now. Now they argue about which one of them will read it. I love it.
I love this. My kids read A Christmas Carol every year at Christmas. . .it’s cool to have these books that help to shape our holidays. “And to all, a good night!” Merry Christmas, Katie. . .
My favorite thing to do at Christmas is watch A Very Brady Christmas with my mom!
Oh, wow, that’s funny. . .love the Bradies! Merry Christmas.
Our favorite tradition is caroling at the nursing homes with our church choir.
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That’s such a wonderful gift to give those who truly need it. . .merry Christmas!
My mother-in-law made my sons a homemade Advent calendar and everyday in December leading up to Christmas we add one more ornament to the advent calendar tree and make a special wish. Merry Christmas and thank you for the chance. Saraiyaproperties@gmail.com
That is extremely cool. Love Advent traditions! Merry Christmas.
I am not from a place where Christmas is celebrated :/
Anyway, thank you for sharing! :))
Thank you for entering, and I wish you every happiness of this time of year.
Among my favorite Christmas traditions are listening to Christmas music and watching all the classic Christmas movies/shows.
Me, too, Shirley! I love especially my old Christmas albums. . .merry Christmas!
I loved staying up all night Christmas Eve with my mother to cook Christmas dinner, then eating early on Christmas.
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Wow, that’s culinary dedication! I remember my grandmother telling me she used to put on the turkey when they got home from midnight mass. Very cool. Merry Christmas!
My favorite Cbristmas tradition is a simple one. I Love the Night before Christmas. I remember my Grandfather reading it to us then my Father.even though my kids are older I still have to read it and it makes me smile to think of my grandpa who is de eased now and my father.
That is so sweet. . .nothing like that story! Merry Christmas.
My husband started it, every year when we decorate the tree he puts 2 boxes of candy canes on it. Now as a mother I was not so fond of this since the daughter would get one every day, but now watching the nieces and nephews go bananas over them (and then go home and jump on their own couches) I see the wisdom 🙂
Ahahaha, Chris. . .love it. At our house, Santa always put the candy canes on the tree when he came on Christmas. It was part of the magic, discovering them on Christmas morning. . .merry Christmas, my friend!
Out Christmas Holiday starts with Christmas Eve dinner at my Granny’s with all of our family. Then we open our Christmas Eve gift, which is always a new pair of PJ’s for all of us, we make hot chocolate & read, “The Polar Express”with my son, while we enjoy hot chocolate before bed. Christmas morning we have Eggs Portugal at Granny’s & open our gifts & we have done this for my 29 years ????
That sounds absolutely perfect, Ashley. We do the PJ deal, too. Merry Christmas!!
decorating the tree together
Always tons of fun. . .Merry Christmas!
Hi! Happy holidays! Thank you all for the fun!! Hope you have a blast with your family! My favorite is decorating the tree. We always have so much fun! Theres lots of laughter, stories shared, etc. I love it!
Thanks, Shadow! Ah, that’s terrific. I love that, too. Merry Christmas!
my tradition is get the lights up on the house and decorating the inside
Ah, decorating is always fun. Merry Christmas!
Steamed shrimp and wrapping!
That’s quite the combination! Merry Christmas 🙂
Merry Christmas to you and your family!! My favorite tradition is Christmas dinners and being around family <3
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Oh, yes, Christmas is all about family! Merry Christmas, Len.
My favorite Christmas Tradition is decorating the Christmas tree with my family!! Merry Christmas!!-Christy Love- Christy_love14@hotmail.com
Decorating the tree is a favorite! Merry Christmas 🙂
My favorite tradition is our family setting up our tree together. Then setting down together as a family in front of the fireplace with some sweet treats and enjoying our time together.
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That wonderful. . .togetherness is so special! Merry Christmas.
Every year we go to my grandpa’s and sit down to a Christmas dinner. Some times th bats th only time of year we see some of the family.
That’s wonderful. Family is what it’s all about! Merry Christmas.