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I've been asking readers to share their favorite holiday traditions. Share your favorites, new and old. Send an email to: Suzanne@DearReader.com
Here are some holiday traditions from readers.
"Suzanne, first off, I need to say that I love getting your emails everyday and I especially love it when I win one of the fabulous books you share!
Traditions are easy to fall back on during the holidays, but they can be very special too. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is cookie making. We don't really have a name for our cookies, we usually just refer to them as Mama Katie's cookies, because my great-grandmother (Mama Katie) brought the recipe with her when she came to the US from Italy. These cookies are only made at Christmastime and I think that's one of the reasons why they have become so special to us. Everyone looks forward to them every year.
The recipe is nothing too involved and many other Italian families I know have a similar recipe they make, but our cookie making event is special because it has become such a part of growing up in our family. My mother remembers coming home from school on cookie day when her mother and her mother's mother-in-law (Mama Katie) had made enough cookies to fill their entire dining room table... My mother, sister and I make our cookies on the weekend when our kids can help, and be part of the magic of cookie day. It's a day we mark off on our calendars and can't wait for.
It makes me so happy knowing that our children will share this recipe with their children and that they too will enjoy Mama Katie's cookies!"--Gina H.
"Hi Suzanne, our three-year-old tradition is our annual Christmas family picture. We wear goofy Christmas hats and our dogs get Christmas sweaters or collars. We smile and laugh our way through as I run back and forth to set the 12-second timer on my camera. Merry Christmas!"--Angel L.
"We actually have two traditions:
1. When things have slowed down Christmas evening we pull out the new puzzle that Santa brings each year, and start sorting pieces. This kept the kids busy through the week they were off from school.
2. I always bought everyone a new book to cozy up with. My son wasn't an avid reader to start, so one year he got comics.
Now that the kids are grown with families of their own, they both still do the puzzle tradition every year and the kids get a new book."--Lorraine B.
"My book club had our Christmas party last night which is an annual tradition. We usually play a game, eat and sing carols, but we also talk about our favorite Christmas books and movies. I would love to hear about some of your readers' favorite books to read during the holidays."--Fiona
Share your traditions, email: Suzanne@DearReader.com
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
AUTHORBUZZ: STRUNG UP (Fiction) by Lorelei James
Every man deserves a second chance at love. Two years have passed since Cres Grant lost his partner and the love of his life. Forced to attend the opening of the local rodeo school, Cres comes face to face with former All-Around rodeo champion Breck Christianson, a man from his past Cres never quite forgot. Breck is dealing with his own losses but seeing Cres again reminds him that the hard-working rancher is the one man Breck regrets walking away from. Since they're living in the same area, they rekindle their romance. Being out and proud is one thing, so why are they still hiding their true feelings from each other?
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