Casa for the Holidays Blog Tour and Giveaway

November 4, 2013 Book Girl of Mur-Y-Castell Guest Blog: Sourcebooks Holiday Authors 
For today’s Casa for the Holidays blog post, our authors are chatting about their favorite holiday traditions! 
Juliana Stone, author of The Christmas He Loved Her: 
There are several holidays throughout the year that I absolutely love but for me, the one I look forward to the most is Christmas.  Thanksgiving is wonderful and ours falls in early to mid October, so that means all the fall fairs, apple cider, turkey, and pumpkin pie.  But Christmas is the one holiday that always takes me back to when I was a kid and still BELIEVED. 
Now, my kids are teens and they’re not up at the crack of dawn anymore, but that’s okay since Christmas Eve is where it’s at.  A couple of our friends always have open houses Christmas Eve and we drop in for some visiting, laughs and drinks. Once we get home, I always settle in with a bottle of wine and while I wrap the stocking stuffers (yes I’m a  mom who loves to wrap every single thing) I watch It’s A Wonderful Life with my mom (who comes with my dad and spends the night).  We relax, chat, and have a great night.
Every. Single. Christmas Eve.  And I hope it never changes.
Terry Spear, author of A SEAL Wolf Christmas: 
We always decorate the day after Thanksgiving so from that day until after New Year’s, the house is cheery with sparkly lights and evergreen boughs, red bows, and decorations we’ve picked up over the years that meant something special. We also pass around our Christmas wish lists at Thanksgiving, and the night before Christmas, we open one gift. The next morning, someone passes out presents and while we’re drinking eggnog or tea, we make a mess with gift wrappings everywhere. Every year, someone knows they bought a present that can’t be located and we find it when the decorations are put away. We also love to share all the funnies of shopping for the gifts, because something always happens that we’re dying to tell about but can’t until we give out the gifts.
Carolyn Brown, author of The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby: 
These days since the family has grown so much Husband and I have Easter, complete with a huge Easter egg hunt in our back yard, and Thanksgiving, complete with Husband getting out the guitar and the whole family two-stepping all over the house or out on the yard if the weather is good. But on Christmas, the kids all stay at home so Santa can visit. Even the grandkids who are old enough to vote and buy their own beer know that Santa doesn’t come down the chimney unless they believe and everyone in our family believes.
 Husband and I call them all sometime on Christmas Day to say Merry Christmas from the beach in Florida where we go for a two week vacation every year. We dig our toes into the sand, feed the sea gulls cheese puffs, give a saucer of milk to the black and white cat that belongs to the motel and love being together on Christmas Day.
Grace Burrowes, author of Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait: 
Growing up, the best part of Christmas, from my perspective, was ten days home from school. Ten days to sleep in, play in the snow, read, bake cookies, take long walks in the winter-bare woods, make more cookies, wrap presents, decorate the house… ten days to NOT WORRY about this or that homework assignment, test, or quiz. 
It’s still my favorite aspect of the winter holidays. Because I was one of seven children, and the entire family could barely fit in one station wagon, we weren’t much for traveling in the winter. The occasional cousin might pass through before Christmas on the way to visit parents, grandparents sometimes popped in for a day or two, but mostly, we stayed put and had Christmas at home.
I loved that. I loved having time to myself at home, though Christmas break was by no means entirely consumed with hibernation. I have siblings thirteen years my senior, which meant from the time I was quite small, those siblings might grab a few of us “little guys” and head out for a skating expedition to Tait’s pond, a day of skiing at Oregon Hill, a winter hike up to the fire tower if it wasn’t too awfully cold. It didn’t hurt that our front yard was the best sledding hill in the neighborhood, either. 
Then too, I grew up in a college town, and that meant the university skating rink was a possible destination. If Mom really needed the house to herself for an afternoon, she might send a group of us off to the movies, and that was lovely—my grandmother’s candy store was right next door to the theatre, and Nana ALWAYS allowed us to sample the inventory. 
Christmas then, was about spending time at home and in the company of family. The big meals, the presents, the religious rituals for me were all secondary, and to this day, unstructured time in the place I call home is my greatest treasure. 
To enter to win a prize pack of all 4 of these Christmas authors’ novels, tell us about your own favorite holiday tradition in the comments! This contest is open internationally. 
1. Open internationally
2. Answer the question
3. Ends December 7th
To find out more about these authors, please visit their websites!
Carolyn Brown Website:
Grace Burrowes Website:
Terry Spear Website:
Juliana Stone Website:

October-December 2013
Fun Holiday-Themed Posts from Carolyn, Grace, Terry and Juliana,
And Chances to WIN Books at Each Stop!

Oct. 8
Booked and Loaded
Oct. 16
Ramblings From This Chick
Oct. 23
Debbie’s Book Bag
Oct. 29
The Reading Café
Nov. 4
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
Nov. 6
Smexy Books
Nov. 12
Cocktails and Books
Nov. 14
The Bookish Babe
Nov. 20
Night Owl Reviews
Nov. 22
Fresh Fiction
Dec. 4
Dec. 5
Under the Covers
Dec. 10
Romancing the Book
Dec. 11
Anna’s Book Blog
Dec. 16
What’s on the Bookshelf
Dec. 17
That’s What I’m Talking About


69 thoughts on “Casa for the Holidays Blog Tour and Giveaway

  1. Glenda says:

    Spending time with the kids and the rest of the family is what really makes Christmas. We decided before the kids were born that Santa would come to our house. So every Christmas Eve we go to my in laws for big family Christmas dinner with English Crackers filled with goofy prizes and all. Christmas day is more relaxed with just meat, cheese and crackers etc. When the kids were little everyone came over to our house. Now that they are older and my sister in law has a toddler we head over to her place to visit for an hour or so.

  2. Danielle jones says:

    We celebrate the whole month of December. We read the Christmas box every year and watch christmas movies. I really like to make the holiday last while my child is still young. On christmas morning we open gifts and then head to my mom's house. There we have finger foods and just spend the day hanging out as a family.

  3. Mary Preston says:

    I love EVERYTHING about Christmas, but decorating the Christmas tree is a great favourite. The youngest present puts the Angel on the very top. She watches over us in the days ahead.marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  4. Ashley E says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is Cookie Day! Every year we get together with our closest friends and make all of our holiday goodies in one epic go. Turtles, buckeyes, cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, hard tack candy, peanut clusters and anything else we feel like adding to the list. By the end of the day, we're sick of sugar, but it's so much fun. Plus we get pizza for lunch. ;)ashley.vanburen[at]gmail[dot]com

  5. Leni says:

    Listening to a station that plays a marathon of Christmas songs for three straight days is something we like to do. The music in the background is fitting as we do preparations.

  6. Pat L. says:

    We used to have the whole family go to my aunt's house for a wonderful Italian feast with baked clams, antipasta, pastas, meatballs and sausage, cakes and homemade cookies. Some people passed on, and several moved away and now it is just my husband and I and my mom for a quiet dinner unless some of the family members who moved come for a visit. My mom is 93 and we are happy to have her still with us.

  7. Irene Jackson says:

    I am in the UK and we love a full roast turkey dinner in the early evening Christmas day with our feet up watching Scrooge. All the family visiting goes on throughout the day , so it's nice to relax after that!

  8. Aurian says:

    I love Easter, no obligation to visit the family, but it has become tradition for my boyfriend and myself to go away to a nice hotel for the weekend. Lovely, quiet and just us together without the internet.

  9. Anita Yancey says:

    Our only tradition is to watch Christmas movies while we are trimming the tree. Our favorite is It's A Wonderful Life, and we have to watch it many times during the holidays.ayancey1974(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. Sandy Xiong says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is that well it was started by my oldest brother but every morning on Christmas we would set up a camcorder to record the whole family together and giving like a greeting for the new year. Afterward would be inviting the relatives over to celebrate christmas

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