12 Days of Christmas

On the 12th Day of Christmas … I’m thankful for the wonderful family and friends that I have to share the holidays with.

My husband, son, and I left Nashville yesterday morning to spend the day in Kentucky with both of our families. We started the day at my parents’ home. Even though my younger sister could not be with us, we were able to conference her in as my father read the Christmas story from Luke, just before the noon meal. It’s a family tradition that I hope we never forget.

Dinner was with my husband’s family. I’d forgotten how wonderful it is to have small children in the midst of presents, candy, and lots of attention!  My son is 19 and his two closest cousins are 18 and 20, so it’s been a long time since they made a list for Santa. But my sister-in-law’s four children are now at the young ages of 6, 4, 2 and almost 1. You can imagine how wonderful it was to see the gleam in their eyes as they opened their presents and played with their piles of new toys.

On our way home from my in-laws, my husband made the comment that it was the best Christmas Eve he can remember having in a long time. It wasn’t about getting presents or eating two big meals (although both of our mothers are amazing cooks). It was truly a day of celebrating the season with the ones we love.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your families. Today, I’m not posting a contest. As a thank you for supporting my second annual 12 Days of Christmas blog series, and generating over 300 visits to my website in the last 11 days, I’m gifting each person who posted at least one comment on Days 1 through 11 with a copy of their favorite featured book. All you have to do is leave a comment by end of day December 26th with the name of the featured eBook that you would like to receive and I will gift it to you through Amazon.

The list:

Compromising Miss Tisdale                               Sealed With a Kiss                             Blind Allegiance                                                  The Hot Shoppe                           Wounded Wings                                                 All I Want For Christmas is a Soulmate   Building a Christmas                                           Winter’s Magic                                       The Zoastra Affair

Merry Christmas!