It's not coincidence that my favorite traditions/memories have all happened in recent years. They all have to do with grandchildren...MY grandchildren to be specific. The more I have, the better the memories. Between my hubby and I, we have ten grandchildren, with one more on the way...two more if I count my future daughter in law's son from a previous marriage...which I do, of course. The more, the merrier.
Up until three years ago, the biggest tradition we had was to watch "The Christmas Story" from start to finish at least twice between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then I had a minor brush with breast cancer that scared the bejeezus out of me. I began thinking seriously of my immortality. I wanted to start a tradition that was sure to be near the top of my children, as well as their children's, list of favorite memories.
Every year at the beginning of December, I rent a couple of cabins at a nearby state park. Both cabins are on the lake and share a wharf. It's perfect for fishing if it's not too cold outside. We've had weekends when it was warm and balmy (remember, I live in south central Louisiana) and we've had cold fronts move in, bringing icy wind and rain, in which case we light up the fireplace inside and the bonfire outside. We bring one of my artificial trees, and the kids make homemade decorations to adorn the tree. We open gifts the first night so the kids can play with their toys all weekend. The children open first then the adults play the white elephant gift game. It's turned into a real blast for everyone and a weekend that we all look forward to. I'm including a shot of one of the gorgeous views we get to take advantage of.
So what's your favorite Chritstmas tradition? Leave a comment (along with your name and email address so I can contact you if you win) and you will be eligible to win a free copy of my first book, Some Day Somebody. Either an autographed copy in paperback, or a free download...your choice. I'll also throw in a download of my new short story, Hart's Desire, as well as a little souvenir from Cajun country.Have a wonderful Christmas!Lori
Author Contemporary Romance with a Cajun flair
Some Day Somebody: Book 1 of La Fleur de Love series
Last First Kiss: Book 2 of La Fleur de Love series
Hart's Desire: an ebook short