Hi Friends, It’s Release Week for Snowflake Sweethearts, the third and final book in the Bayside Treasures Series, and I’m excited to share this heartwarming holiday novel with you! Snowflake Sweethearts is available as an eBook for $2.99 or a paperback for $10.95 exclusively through Amazon. To order your copy click on the cover below. To celebrate the release I’m giving away a fun prize package. Keep reading for all the details!

For these two searching hearts, it will take the love of a community to help heal painful memories and bring them together.

Annie Romano has her heart set on starting her own business as a personal chef when she returns to Fairhaven, Washington, with her young daughter Emma. But her business gets off to a slow start, and she must search for a part-time job to help make ends meet. When her former employer and bakery-owner, Irene Jameson, has a health crisis and needs a live-in caregiver, Irene’s grandson offers Annie the job. Motivated by her love for Irene, Annie puts aside her own plans and moves in to care for Irene.

Consumed by his work as marking director for a hotel chain and painful memories from the past, Alex Jameson only plans to stay in Fairhaven until issues with his grandmother’s care and the future of her struggling bakery are settled. He doesn’t seem to realize how much he needs faith, family, or love. But the deeper meaning of the holiday season, his grandmother and her matchmaking friends, and one fatherless little girl start pulling at his heartstrings . . . just in time for Annie and Alex to enjoy a very special Christmas.

Snowflake Sweetheart Launch Giveaway Info:

To enter the Snowflake Sweethearts Launch Day Giveaway just share a special Christmas memory in a comment on this blog post. If you received this blog post as an email, visit my website blog page to post your comment. One winner will be randomly chosen after 10:00 EST pm Saturday November 16th, and I’ll contact you by email. The winner will receive a red-and-white striped cotton chef’s apron, in honor of the heroine’s job as a personal chef, a Christmas snowflake window cling set to create your own snowflake view, a miniature Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus figurine to remind you of the true meaning of Christmas, and your choice of one of the Bayside Treasure books in paperback or ebook to enjoy. I look forward to reading your Christmas memories, and I can’t wait to see who’ll win these special prizes. 


Have you read Seeking His Love and A Man To Trust,  Books One and Two in the Bayside Treasures Series? Each book has a unique hero and heroine, but the setting in Fairhaven, and the matchmaking, senior age friends known as the Bayside Treasures appear in each story. I hope you’ll order all three and enjoy this special series!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading,

95 replies
  1. Keren Herrera
    Keren Herrera says:

    My Christmas memory is always when we were little going to church for Christmas eve and have an Amazing service and fellowship afterwards. Going home and picking one gift to open. After that we had hot chocolate and just shared about the Christmas service and head to bed. Waking Christmas morning to the happy Christian Christmas songs coming from the kitchen were my mom was making breakfast and we would open right after the rest of the gifts. That has turned into a Family Tradition even now that we are older and with our own families. We gather at our parent’s home and continue the tradition there.

  2. Debbie Lester
    Debbie Lester says:

    I have many Christmas memories, but the first one that popped into my mind was about my dad. He passed away 34 years ago and I can still remember the Christmas morning when I was just a child and my mom had bought my dad a toy car. It was a red convertible (to the best of my memory) and it was big, not one of those small cars. I can see his face all smiles, and his eyes just sparkling. He was on the floor with us and rolling that car around. I’m not sure why mom bought the car for him, but he sure was happy!

    • Tashia M Jennings
      Tashia M Jennings says:

      My favorite Christmas memory as a child was when my parents borrowed the Santa suit from our town and had my older sister dress up as Santa. She climbed on top of the roof and walked around as mom came and woke my brothers and I up. By the time we made it to the door of the living room with mom, my sister( dressed like Santa) was putting gifts under the tree. I can still remember to look on my three younger brother’s faces, especially my baby brother. One of the best memories I have of my mom. She passed when I was 13yrs old.

  3. Sherri G
    Sherri G says:

    As a child, one of my favorite parts of Christmas was going to my grandparents home on Christmas Eve. My dad was the oldest of 12 children (only 10 lived to be adults). They all had children and the place was a madhouse with kids. We had a potluck dinner where the dining room table was filled with delicious food. Plates were filled and taken to every corner of the house to find a place to sit, whether on chairs, beds, or floors. Names had been drawn so gifts could be exchanged so there were plenty of toys to entertain us. We would sneak upstairs to play the old Victrola or otherwise get into mischief. My grandparents have both passed on but the memories remain.

    • Rose Blackard
      Rose Blackard says:

      After I married and had children, my favorite memory was going to mom and dads for dinner on Christmas Day. There were 10 of us so with husbands, boyfriends and kids, there was a housefull. It was the one time of the year that we managed to get together. My husband was an only child and loved it too. Our kids were the only grands for awhile and they loved going too!

  4. Cheryl Hart
    Cheryl Hart says:

    I remember my mother’s last Christmas (1982.) It was the last time our entire family gathered together for the Holidays. Nobody cared what was under the tree or if they had purchased the perfect presents for each other. The only thing that mattered was that our mother was with us.

  5. Deana Dick
    Deana Dick says:

    MY special Christmas memory is when my middle son surprised me with a kindle a few years ago. He knew how much I loved to read and wanted to get me a special gift. It made me cry .

  6. Trudy
    Trudy says:

    One of my favorite Christmas memories is the year I received my Chatter Phone. I loved that thing!! Mom forgot to wrap it, and I found it in her closet. She had a lot of talking to do to convince me it was mine! My next favorite is the year I received keys to her and Daddy’s car. I’m the youngest, and I was the only one to ever get keys to their car.

  7. Julie Waldron
    Julie Waldron says:

    I don’t have one in particular. All Christmas’s when I was little were magical. I have 3 older brother’s and one year “Santa” left footprints on the carpet. They always did something to make Christmas special for me. I remember my Grandpa always walking in with a box of presents on Christmas Eve. A more recent memory is when our daughters(now 23 & 26) were teens and woke up at 3 am on Christmas morning. LOL They still get excited!

  8. Ashley Hedin
    Ashley Hedin says:

    Some of my favorite Christmas memories getting together with all of my cousins at my grandmother’s house. We would act out the nativity as someone read the account from the scriptures. Then we would sing Christmas carols. Sweet memories!!!

  9. Donna Irvin
    Donna Irvin says:

    I love the last Christmas 2016 with my Mom and sisters. I had changed Christmas (2013) by the suggestion of picking names and only buying one gift. (With my Mom’s blessing). It wasn’t as bad as everybody thought, and we came up with new traditions (like NOT getting out of bed at 0500 to open gifts). I treasure that Christmas of 2016, not knowing it would be the last.

  10. Barbara Raymond
    Barbara Raymond says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is from 2013. It was the last Christmas we had with my parents in Wyoming. My father passed away suddenly from an accident the following April. I can still see him teasing my mom by banging his silverware on the table demanding his breakfast. The little ones loved it and mimicked him. It was quite noisy. Lol. My father was unsteady but insisted on trying to play with the children. There are times I wish I could go back and do it all over again.

  11. Carrie
    Carrie says:

    Congratulations on your latest release. It sounds like a great read!

    I remember when my great grandparents were alive, they lived in a trailer on my grandparents property. On Christmas morning we would all go over there before we opened presents at grandma’s. Great grandma Metts would always give all the grandkids one of the Lifesaver Christmas books and the girls would get a beaded change purse.

  12. Terressa T
    Terressa T says:

    When my children were little we chose to do the 12 days of Christmas for a new family in our neighborhood. Each night my kids would run down to their house and ring the doorbell and leave a fun item on their doorstep. My children saw the joy in service and understand more the reason for the season. We have done this event many other times but for some reason that year is the one we remember the most.

  13. Sue P
    Sue P says:

    I had drifted away from Church but then on Christmas Eve when I was expecting my first born I suddenly wanted to go again. I persuaded my husband to stay up with me and we walked to the midnight service, it was magical. After that I started to go again, occasionally at first and then more regularly. Now I can’t imagine Christmas without Church being at the heart of it.

  14. Maria
    Maria says:

    One of my sweetest memories with my own kids was a total Mom moment. We had started opening gifts at the grandparents home but it was time to go pick up great-grandma to join us so there was a pause in the gift opening. I feared the young kids would all fuss and complain (whine) about having to wait to continue their own enjoyment. But to my pleasure the kids happily played as they patiently waited gg-ma’s arrival. It was a sweet moment for me as the mom to watch them set aside their own desires to allow someone else some pleasure. I was filled with Christmas spirit that day.

  15. Lori Smanski
    Lori Smanski says:

    Congratulations. What a wonderful give a way.
    I have been blessed with many wonderful Christmas memories. But three really stand out. First one: We were married in Sept, so we had a blast going for a real tree and shopping for our first ornaments and decorating and baking together. We found these two tiny knitted stockings that 36 years later are the first ornaments that go up on the tree. Second one: the next year I was eight and half months pregnant. This was very special for both myself and my husband.
    Third one: We had our second child at the end of November so she was a delight to have for her first christmas. All the grandparents and aunts and uncles had a blast also.

  16. Courtney N.
    Courtney N. says:

    It is so hard to choose from Christmas memories! There’s my own childhoods and then watching my children have Christmas each year. I don’t know if I have any amazing memories that stand out. It is a mixture of warm feelings: delicious cookies, snug home, and loving family. I will say that my first Christmas married was so special. That stands out to me for no other reason than celebrating it with the man I love, no longer just dating, but being married. He did buy me a Kindle that year, too, which I still have 8 years later and have not upgraded though newer models are out. I am happy with that one as long as it lasts. Just as I am happy with him!

  17. Sonnetta Jones
    Sonnetta Jones says:

    One of my special Christmas memory is when my family discovered Mariah Carey’s Christmas album. We sang, laughed and danced so much that night as we baked and cooked Christmas breakfast. We have played that CD every year since to remember those that are separated by location of death.

  18. Jan Hall
    Jan Hall says:

    I remember going to the movies one Christmas Eve with my parents. They had given the apartment keys to a friend to deliver Santa’s gifts. They locked the door and we spent hours trying to find them or the apartment manager so we could get back in.

  19. Melissa Henderson
    Melissa Henderson says:

    Congratulations Carrie! I love the story! I have many favorite Christmas memories. One of my favorites is sitting with my Daddy on the living room floor and cracking pecans. He would light a fire in the fireplace. Mama would sit in the recliner and read a book. Daddy and I would sit on the floor cracking pecans and enjoying eating the nuts.

  20. Alice DeVaughn
    Alice DeVaughn says:

    We were quite poor when I was growing up and we usually got necessities for Christmas like pajamas, socks, etc. One year on Christmas Eve, I was in bed but awake and could hear lots of noise downstairs. I was so curious but knew I’d better not sneak down by the tree. When I got up Christmas morning and went to see what was under the tree, imagine my shock when there was a baby doll with a cradle and high chair for me. My sweet, older sister had taken her babysitting money and bought these gifts for me and her boyfriend had been putting the cradle and high chair together the night before which is the noise I had heard. I have never forgotten that Christmas and the love from my sister to do this for me.

  21. Monica
    Monica says:

    I don’t have any one special memory, but when I was little, my family always went to Mass on Christmas Eve night and got up early Christmas morning for presents. At some point our tradition changed and we kids would wake up December 25 to Christmas music playing on the tape player. We would get dressed and go to Mass, then come home for cinnamon rolls and present. Every year for as long as I can remember Mama sets up her Nativity scene and every year more and more animals are added. 🙂 It is my absolute favorite Christmas decoration.

  22. Perrianne Askew
    Perrianne Askew says:

    I remember going Christmas caroling one year in high school. It was a lot of fun and our neighbors were so surprised and happy to see us singing carols. Even then, caroling was not popular, so it was something special.

  23. Danie walther
    Danie walther says:

    A special Christmas memory is when my nephew was born last yr. And he is a miracle baby all the way. He was able to come home before Christmas. I am so Thankful for sister and her husband and how they handled the whole situation. God is an awesome and amazing God. And this yr my nephew will be turning one and he is in absolute beautiful condition. He is almost walking. God is so good.

  24. Danielle McDonald
    Danielle McDonald says:

    My favorite christmas memory is when we all went up to big bear and finally had a white Christmas. We playing bored games and baked all kinds of yummy treats, then we went into the forest and gathered up branches and made our own Christmas tree it was so awesome . The family never bonded better I wish we would make this a tradition

  25. Melinda M
    Melinda M says:

    It was the Christmas I got a complete Kitchen set. I got dishes as well. Played with it all th etime. I did not know until much later that poor dad had not only put the cardboard ref which had like 1,000 peg/screws together Christmas Eve but he had to do the cardboard stove that our neighbors got for their two daughters as well. I know now why he did not want to get up as he had only got to bed about half before.

  26. Becky D.
    Becky D. says:

    I LOVE Christmas every year, all the joys, chaos & challenges it may bring. I remember the Christmas morning I figured out Santa wasn’t real…he left the doll house pkg & the building instructions in the room. ? One of my favorite memories is Christmas caroling with friends through neighborhoods, nursing homes, & visiting those who are homebound. But, I will always love family members’ reactions when they open up gifts. ?

  27. Maryann
    Maryann says:

    My dad was a construction worker and sometimes jobs were slow. One Christmas he said, sorry girls it’s been a bad year. We knew not to ask for much. My sister and I were overjoyed and beyond thankful when we each got a brand new bike. We knew my parents sacrificed alot for us to have a special Christmas.

  28. Vicky D
    Vicky D says:

    I have a Christmas ornament that I love. It is a heart shape made out of the material of my wedding dress. Our anniversary date is embroidered on it.

  29. Connie H
    Connie H says:

    I always loved opening the advent calendar when young (no treats inside, just little pictures)…so much so that I continued the tradition with our daughter!

  30. Bethel
    Bethel says:

    I always loved decorating the Christmas tree. My Mom would make spiced tea while we were decorating. Then we would turn off all the lights except for the tree lights and sit, drink our special spiced tea and look at the lights.

  31. Winnie Thomas
    Winnie Thomas says:

    With 9 children, my parents had many grandchildren. One year my mother made all the grandsons matching pajamas and the granddaughters matching nightgowns. I still remember the cute picture of them all by the Christmas tree in them. This was quite a few years before she ended up with 38 grandkids, but there were still 15-20 of them. Up until the year she passed away, she would give each of the kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids something for Christmas and money in a card for their birthdays. I think there were close to 150 at that time with all the spouses, etc. The last few years I helped her buy, wrap, and send them all. It was a multi-day task, but it was a fun time to spend with her.

  32. Gail Hollingsworth
    Gail Hollingsworth says:

    I had a nativity that had a removable baby Jesus. When my son was quite small he realized Jesus was missing. He asked me why. I told him Jesus was born on Christmas and Christmas morning he would appear. He came downstairs, by passed his gifts and went straight to the manger looking for Jesus. When he married I gave him my whole nativity set and he and his wife add a piece to it every year.

  33. Marilyn
    Marilyn says:

    My fondest memory of Christmas is participating in a Christmas Eve church service, singing in a children’s choir. Exiting the church, we each received a paper bag with an orange, some hard ribbon candy, and a few hard shell nuts. That same night, our daddy read the Luke 2 story again before we opened presents. On Christmas Day, my many cousins and I would each say or sing a piece for our grandparents before eating together with them and all our extended family.

  34. Kara Marks
    Kara Marks says:

    There are so many great Christmas memories. We went to my dad’s parents every Christmas Eve and drove home late, listening to the radio station track Santa’s flight.

  35. Faith Creech
    Faith Creech says:

    One of my earliest Christmas memories was when I was six. I received a bike for Christmas and I was so excited! We had gone to church to Christmas Eve service and the bike was not under the tree. When we returned home there it was! I could not figure out how it got there! Our tradition was to open gifts on Christmas Eve. I was sure Santa had brought it!

  36. Joan
    Joan says:

    A special Christmas was when I was a little girl. We visited my grandmother before Christmas. I always wrote a letter to Santa Claus from my home. This year I sent one from my grandmother’s house(a different state) and mailed one from there. To my delight I had my letter as one of the letters that was published in the local paper. Christmas was always a magical holiday due to my parents and grandmother.

  37. Danielle Hammelef
    Danielle Hammelef says:

    One of my favorites was when we took our kids to visit Santa at our local nursery. Santa was dressed in an ornate historical Santa costume and took a long time talking to each child. We never told Santa the kids names, yet he KNEW each by name. It was magical.

  38. Brenda Murphree
    Brenda Murphree says:

    My favorite Christmas memory happened almost 14 yrs ago. My daughter and son in law gave us our third granddaughter. My daughter and granddaughter got to come home on Christmas Eve. Two days after a C-Section. Unheard of to have major surgery and get out of the hospital in two days but the Dr wanted them to be home on Christmas. Best Christmas present ever. God took care of them!

  39. Robin in NC
    Robin in NC says:

    One year I was very sick with Scarlet Fever. I couldn’t be around any of the other kids & didn’t feel up to opening my presents. My siblings felt so bad for me, they came to the bedroom door & sang Christmas carols to me. So sweet.

  40. Anne
    Anne says:

    When we spent Christmas Day with the entire family. We were young and our cousins, grandmother’s and relatives all gathered together for the day. This was precious and I still think about how meaningful, and close we all were.

  41. Lisa Stillman
    Lisa Stillman says:

    When my twin daughters were preschoolers, they got some scented powder, called fairy dust and it had a picture of Tinkerbelle. One of them wanted her grannie to hold her down before she would put any of it on.

  42. Audrey Stewart
    Audrey Stewart says:

    My middle daughter was born on December 17th. On December 20th, she had a massive stroke. But on Christmas Day, we found out that she would live, but she was paralyzed on her right side. After years of therapy, she just has a slight limp and her right hand still wants to turn in. But as she gets older, she works really hard at trying to make sure she can overcome these slight imperfections. She is shy, and has some insecurities, but we have let her know how special she is to all her family. And she really is a beautiful girl.

  43. Erika Luther
    Erika Luther says:

    I have many fun memories of Christmas. My family always attends a beautiful candlelight service on Christmas Eve. Afterwards we would come home and exchange gifts. Christmas day we would go to my aunt’s house for a wonderful lunch and exchange gifts. It is a time of family and celebrating the gift of Jesus.

  44. Marion
    Marion says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is when my twin sister Marilyn and I were little our dad would always read t”Twas The Night Before Christmas” to us as mom and and our older sister were wrapping gifts and discussing tomorrow’s meal.

  45. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    The holidays were always interesting when my family would visit their large extended families in Canada. We literally had more invitations to visit, stay over & for meals than we could possibly cover in a months time. On top of that they were all so accommodating & only spoke French. It was wonderful! ? Thanks for the chance.

  46. janet estridge
    janet estridge says:

    On Oct. 18th our lives were turned upside down by an EF2 Tornado.
    Christmas this year will be very different.
    We are living in a hotel and it will be months before our home will be rebuilt.
    The house was condemned so our “new” home will be the start of some old and new traditions.

  47. Megan L.
    Megan L. says:

    One of my favorite Christmas memories is being a child and not being able to sleep the night before because Santa was coming. Then in the morning it was so fun to see gifts that “magically” appeared from Santa.

  48. Mary Preston
    Mary Preston says:

    In our family the youngest person present always puts the Angel atop the Christmas tree when we decorate it. On Christmas morning the oldest person present always plays “Santa” handing out the gifts from beneath the tree. Traditions are all important.

  49. Judi Jennings
    Judi Jennings says:

    One of my favorite Christmas memories is going caroling with our pastor and a group of fellow parishioners both young and old . We would go to several nursing homes, senior citizen apartment complexes, and individual homes. We would always bring fresh fruit platters to the recipients.

  50. Caryl Kane
    Caryl Kane says:

    The memory I treasure most is celebrating Hanukkah with friends. The lighting of the candles and reading of the blessing is so special.

  51. Susan Heim
    Susan Heim says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is of the year that my first child was born. My son was supposed to be more of a Thanksgiving baby, due November 30th, but instead he came on December 12th and weighed almost 10 pounds! We were definitely in the Christmas spirit that year with a brand-new baby under the Christmas tree! (By the way, that baby will turn 30 this year and is still a big boy!)

  52. Tashia M Jennings
    Tashia M Jennings says:

    My favorite Christmas memory as a child was when my parents borrowed the Santa suit from our town and had my older sister dress up as Santa. She climbed on top of the roof and walked around as mom came and woke my brothers and I up. By the time we made it to the door of the living room with mom, my sister( dressed like Santa) was putting gifts under the tree. I can still remember to look on my three younger brother’s faces, especially my baby brother. One of the best memories I have of my mom. She passed when I was 13yrs old.

    • anonymous
      anonymous says:

      This is really special. <3 I know it wasn't a part of my life, but I know that it was a big part of yours. I know you're a very strong person to lose someone so close at such a young age, and to be sharing it now with us. Never ignore that strength or think that you have none during the day to day, just remember that mountain you braved, and you'll see how significant and strong you really have been to yourself and to others! Sorry if this is so personal, but I think very passionately about grief. God bless!

  53. Pam Flynn
    Pam Flynn says:

    My special Christmas memory was when my daddy brought home a life size doll dressed in blue satin with a blue satin bonnet. He snuck it under the Christmas tree and I have never forgotten how beautiful she was and how proud my daddy was to give it to me.

  54. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    One of my special memories is going to my Granny’s in the country and cutting down a Christmas tree on her farm. We always cut it down Christmas Eve and decorated that evening. So many wonderful memories at her home. She also always made Tea Cakes at Christmas for us.

  55. Marilyn
    Marilyn says:

    My most memorable Christmas was when my twin sister, Marion and I received Ginny dolls with a wardrobe of clothes and a swing set and sofa bed for the dolls. One Christmas that was not so memorable was when I had a black eye. A neighbor boy let his sled go and it hit me in the ankle and knocked me down. I hit my face on the ice.

  56. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    My favorite Christmas memory was that after we opened all the presents and cleaned up the wrapping paper mess, Mom would make oatmeal and cinnamon buns for breakfast. Sometimes we also had hot chocolafe with that. It was usually just me, my siblings and our parents for Christmas, so it was nice to spend that time together.

  57. Judy
    Judy says:

    One of my favorite Christmas memories is visiting a small town in the mountains that was lit up with Christmas lights. Just walking down the streets in the cold air and seeing snow on the mountain tops.

  58. Linda McFarland
    Linda McFarland says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is the year my elderly mom gifted me with a porcelain doll she made. A jaw dropping experience as I had no idea! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  59. Kathy Schnitz
    Kathy Schnitz says:

    I remember one Christmas when I was probably early teens, one of my 4 sisters and I shared the bedroom above our front door. We were supposed to be sleeping but heard a noise outside so had to get up to see what was going on! There was a truck backed up to the door and they were unloading something big. It was a ping pong table for all of us, and we had a lot of fun with it! It crowded our living room (which was huge) and eventually was put up in the hayloft of our barn, I’m sure not until warmer weather! Thanks for the chance.

  60. lauralee hensley
    lauralee hensley says:

    Growing up we carried on a tradition yearly that my Dad wanted us to do to make sure we knew whose Birthday it really was. As a family we’d make a Christmas Cake together. We’d decorate it together. We’d place candles on it, the number of candles didn’t matter so sometimes we put just one and other times as many as we’d thought the top of the cake could hold. The cake was made on Christmas Eve but not eaten then. On Christmas we would sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. Then after singing we’d blow out the candles together and then say together “We are not blowing out the Light of this World, we are taking HIM into our hearts.” The first piece of cake cut was placed on its’ plate in the center of the table, it was never ate by any member of the family. Then we’d all be able to eat our cake. Of course we as children never knew what happened to that cake but I imagine my Mom would dispose of it with a prayer of Thankfulness to The Heavenly Father.

  61. Shelia Hall
    Shelia Hall says:

    My christmas memory was my daughter’s first christmas. It snowed on Christmas Eve and the look in her eyes at seeing it for the first time was priceless.

    • Connie Porter Saunders
      Connie Porter Saunders says:

      One of most treasured memories is Christmas 2005.last Christmas that all of my family was together. My Daddy died in February 2006 so that Christmas was the last time that all of my family was together. My great nephew was 7 months old and we have a precious picture of Daddy holding his first great grandchild. Since his death two have been added to our family and my mother was able to meet them but she passed away in Feb. 2017, 11 years and 1 day after said her earthly goodbye to her husband of 56 years! I have a lot of wonderful memories but this is the Christmas that changed our family dynamics forever!

  62. Candice Huggins
    Candice Huggins says:

    A lovely memory for me is my mother making a Christmas “tea ring” as she called it and the smell of Russian Christmas tea permeating the air! She always put so much effort into our Christmas meals. Now that I’m a mom of littles myself, I understand her sacrifices more than I ever could before. I can still vividly remember rolling out the dough with her quite thin, spreading out all the goodness evenly: cinnamon and butter, nuts, dried fruit….
    And then the tea! THE tea. THE best tea know to man. The tea embodied all the flavors that are Christmas, everything that is festive, from the spices to apples and oranges.
    This Christmas is the first I shall spend with my mother in 10 years. I can’t wait to see what memories my little family will make with her!

  63. Tami
    Tami says:

    I don’t have Christmas memories from childhood, but have tried to instill in my children the joy if trimming the tree and house. I hope they are special memories for them.

  64. Beth Hixon
    Beth Hixon says:

    I remember being in first grade and really wanting a Ken doll and my older sister wanted a Barbie. Well on Christmas Eve I couldn’t sleep because I was so excited to see what Santa would bring me. So I got out of bed to go to the bathroom, when I heard some noise coming from the family room. So I snuck down the stairs to see if it was Santa, but instead it was my folks sitting up our new Barbie house and my dad was playing with my Ken doll.

  65. LHE
    LHE says:

    I have so many memories of Christmas that have stuck with me all these years, but there’s one that sticks out to me! In the years before the onset of the chronic illness I now battle, we would all pile into our small car and drive around the mountains that overlook the city and just stair at tall the light that humanity produces. Something was so big about that little drive that always made me feel so big and significant. We’d drive around all the big neighborhoods with their beautiful, intricate gates and christmas decorations, and we’d just share in that moment on December 23rd, as we always celebrated our Christmas on Christmas Eve. It may seem small, but looking back on those memories is a comfort to think about even now when it’s hard to do all those things due to the boundaries my illness inflicts, and it’s like a medicine. 🙂 Regardless of the giveaway, I’m glad i got the chance to share this special memory with all of you. <3

  66. Alicia Haney
    Alicia Haney says:

    One of my favorite Christmas memories was when I was 7 years old. My youngest sister was born on December 23, and so we had a new baby sister for that beautiful Christmas that year, my mom and our new baby sister were able to come home from the hospital just in time for Christmas. Plus my other sister who was 6 and I got our own baby dolls for Christmas also. This book sounds like a very sweet Christmas book, and the cover is Beautiful. Thank you for the chance.

  67. Joye I
    Joye I says:

    When I was growing up there was never much money to spend on gifts. All of the family’s gifts were handmade- I think I was about 12 when I got a present that was bought in a store. I was thrilled.
    However, old traditions die a slow death. I always had my children make presentS for each other-some crudely made but from the heart.

  68. Jessica Alvarado
    Jessica Alvarado says:

    I directed a Christmas play in Mexico once. It was of the most challenging fun projects I’ve ever taken on. To translate Little Christmas Lamb into Sapaniah along with all the songs. It was very rewarding though and the kids over there were great.

  69. Melissa A
    Melissa A says:

    I come from a big family – seven children. A memorable Christmas was a surprise trip to California from Montana with brand new winter coats! Who would have thought we could afford such extravagance!!! I’m sure my parents saved a long time for that! The best part was that we were together. Christmas is anywhere your family is.

  70. Shirley Ashley
    Shirley Ashley says:

    My grandchildren are always amazed at the village. It’s growing into a city I might ad! A Christmas memory and I still do it, my grands play I Spy in the village around the tree. I type up things for them to find. Such as three angels or the word “hope.” We also photo them making it snow by blowing glitter snow out of the palm of their hand onto the village. I cherish these days because some are too old in their eyes to continue the tradition! I enjoy all your books. I like how they are life issues with a pure solution. I enjoy the history in some. With all that said, I don’t want to participate in the drawing. I won already and still LOVE the prizes. Someone else will enjoy these. I just like to participate!

  71. Holly Bleggi
    Holly Bleggi says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is when I was 7 and we went to Disney World to visit my mom’s parents who we didn’t see a lot since they lived on the east coast and we lived in WA.

  72. Mary B.
    Mary B. says:

    My favorite Christmas memory would have to be the last Christmas spent with my Dad. Our family gathered together to celebrate Jesus, eat and open presents. I helped my dad open his presents as he was not able to do it all himself. He was always a jokester and funny so it was a very nice last Christmas with him.

  73. Lelia “Lucy “ Reynolds
    Lelia “Lucy “ Reynolds says:

    It’s hard to pick one Christmas memory as my parents made each of them special no matter what. At times my dad worked three jobs to provide for us. We always had laughter, love, music, and God. My mom would make homemade goodies and we would play games. Losing my daddy this week will change Christmas for us this year, but we will cherish the memory of the best daddy ever.

  74. Melissa Romine
    Melissa Romine says:

    A man who worked with my dad came to our house dressed as Santa one time. My brother and I were small. We were so shocked that Santa just visited our house like that.

  75. Jill Ivy
    Jill Ivy says:

    My most special Christmas memory is the Christmas when my daughter was born. I have always loved the thought that she was my Christmas present!

  76. Stephanie H.
    Stephanie H. says:

    I can remember my siblings and I getting up early on Christmas Day to check out our stockings to see if we were good or not. We thought that if we were really good then our stocking goodies and presents were everything we had asked Santa for that year. If not, than we had learned our lesson and we knew to be on our best behaviors in the coming year.

  77. Kitty
    Kitty says:

    A favorite memory is my first Christmas that my hubby and I celebrated with our firstborn child. We put her in a box and pretended that we opened her!

  78. Amanda T
    Amanda T says:

    My favorite Christmas memory was when I woke up on Christmas morning with an “O” drawn on my forehead and my brother had an “X” on his. This is how we knew which gifts were ours under the tree. ?

  79. anne rightler
    anne rightler says:

    I love Christmas when all my family gathers–maybe not right on the Day but during the weeks surrounding. I remember as a child peeking down the stairs when my parents were getting gifts out–and of course being told to get back to bed or Santa wouldn’t come! I did not realize you had this series so am really looking forward to reading them. Congrats on the new release.

  80. Debrah N.
    Debrah N. says:

    My memory is my husband and I celebrating our First Christmas together. We were care takers for a property that was woods as well as the house. We went out into the woods to look for our Christmas tree. We found the tree we thought would fit in our living room. We had to cut the trunk down 3 times so it would fit
    in the living room. Dragging the tree to our house I realizing I would have to make ornaments to decorate the tree. We had paper chains, wrapped match boxes, lights we bought and some glass balls. We thought it was beautiful when we turned the lights out with only the tree shining in the room. Every time I think about it, it brings a smile to face and joy to my heart. That was 45 years ago, where has the time gone?

  81. theresa norris
    theresa norris says:

    My favorite memory of Christmas is the year every thing went wrong and Christmas was a race to the finish line. Decorating, cooking and shopping. I still laugh over our dog who thought every Christmas ball was one we were suppose to throw for him. He guarded the tree and whined because no one was throwing the balls for him.

  82. Natalya Lakhno
    Natalya Lakhno says:

    What a beautiful cover!
    Special memory – scary and funny at the same time. We have a tradition of cutting a Christmas tree. Last year we’ve got lost during the snow storm on a Christmas tree farm 🙂 Kiddos will remember it!

  83. Kimberly Bowie
    Kimberly Bowie says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is bringing our youngest home from the hospital the day before Christmas!

  84. Pamela Morrisson
    Pamela Morrisson says:

    So many special Christmas memories from my childhood. My dad’s extended family always had our Christmas gathering the Sunday before Christmas and all the good food and spending time with my grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins was always eagerly anticipated. My maternal grandparents were always an important part of our Christmas celebration too and we all loved the many Christmas activities at our church.

  85. Regina Turner
    Regina Turner says:

    Rushing to help Santa who was broke down. As a child I kept that main thought even as I got older and we had a Christmas program on Christmas Day! I cherish most those days the family gathered around the table and I fly now to join my children at the oldest one’s home each holiday. Grands and kids make the blessing of the Christ child’s birthday so well as they sit Jesus’ birthday cake on the table each year!

  86. Jane Squires
    Jane Squires says:

    My Christmas Memories are many. My Grandma made the best divinity. When I got married, I found a fool proof recipe. I’ve made my Mom divinty every year since and mailed it to her. The year she passed away with Alhemizers, I made it. My brother said she shared it with no one. Her Mama welcomed her home on Jan. 31. I miss her. I still make the divinity for my kids and grandkids.

  87. charlene capodice
    charlene capodice says:

    one of my favorite memories was one year when I was 7 my dad had to be away on business for Christmas, he surprised us on Christmas morning by getting home in time! A blessed day for us all!

  88. Paty Hinojosa
    Paty Hinojosa says:

    My sweetest Christmas memory is when “Santa” brought us a wooden doll house in the yard. I was about 6 years old, the eldest. It was big enough the three of us could fit inside (the two youngest weren’t born yet). But Santa brought it in the 23rd, it appeared on the 24th in the morning. We were confused because it was not yet Christmas Day, but Mama said Santa had so much work he was giving out the bigger gifts the day before ❤️☺️?

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