Friday, December 24, 2010

T'was the Night Before Christmas...

Christmas Memories

My oldest daughter has a knack of buying presents that everyone loves. All year she listens to what we’re saying, and come Christmastime we have presents that we’ve mentioned maybe months ago. Last Christmas she bought me some perfume, which made me cry because the previous year we’d been in a perfume shop and had fun spraying all the testers. We stunk when we left, but there was one perfume I loved. Couldn’t afford it because it was a posh brand—even the small bottle would have set me back some serious cash—and she bought it for me. A year later, I still have half a bottle because I don’t want it to run out. She has done it with a slow cooker (crock pot), hair straighteners (irons), and numerous other presents. So this year I’m wondering: What have I mentioned this year in passing? What on earth will she make me cry with tomorrow? She loves Christmas, and even though I don’t, by the time she gets here later, with her infectious behaviour, I’ll be at least halfway to being in the Christmas mood.

So, today, as always, I’ll cook the meats for dinner. We’re having turkey, honey-roast gammon (ham), and beef. Then this evening I’ll maybe drink some wine—I rarely drink alcohol so that will be interesting LOL—and tomorrow will be busy with all my family around us. I have five kids and a grandson, so you can imagine how packed my little house will be, and it’ll be noisy and fun, but then in the evening they will all leave apart from my little one, because my eldest and grandson live in their own house and my boys are going to their dad’s.

How will your Christmas go? What rituals, if any, do you have?

Other News

This week I have two free Christmas reads available. You can request the pdfs in comments on the blog they are on offer at. Caught Naked is available HERE, and it’s a m/m tale in my Sarah Masters name. Wanton and Wicked is available HERE by Natalie Dae. They are both 4K so won’t take long to read.

My Prize

My prize today is for a copy of my m/m novel, Scared, out today by Sarah Masters. You can read the blurb HERE.

Blog Award

This week Three Wicked Writers Plus Two were nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award. How marvellous! Evie Balos gave it to us, and in traditional VBA style, we’ll list some things about us:

Regina was once a champion chicken judger.
Regina hates to wear socks.
Regina is very superstitious.
Natalie hates hearing people eating crisps (chips) or apples.
Natalie believes in destiny, fate and karma.
Natalie was once a creative writing teacher for 10-11 year olds.
In real life, Tess is very shy.
Tess knows one hell of a lot about politics.
Anne once worked at a fancy hotel. She stocked the suite refrigerators. 11 floors pushing a cart that weighed an easy 100 pounds up and down each hall, going down to restock the cart, coming back up to stock more refrigerators. Horrible job, but she was in great shape! lol
Madison hates bread. She has never eaten a full sandwich in her life. It's not a carb thing, but a texture thing. Bread grosses her out.
Madison has lived in five different states in her childhood and neither of her parents were in the military.



Anny Cook said...

Merry, merry Christmas!

Susan said...

Happy Holidays! Your daughter sounds like someone really special. I'm alone so this is a tough time of the year and I mostly just try to ignore Christmas and New Years (with limited success LOL). I do love hearing stories like yours, thanks!

Natalie Dae said...

Same to you, Anny love!


Natalie Dae said...

Oh, Susan. I hope you will be all right. I'll think of you, I promise. I feel really sad about this.

If you need any of my books to keep you company, please email me at and I'll send whatever you want along.


The Scarf Princess said...

Congrats on your blogging success! I just recently joined the blogging world and applaud those who keep it entertaining.

Tess MacKall said...

Christmas tears of joy are the best for sure, Nat. Big hug to you.

And YES, I'm shy. lol

Politics? Yeah, I know a lot, but I'm telling ya, I'd rather not. lol

Susan, if you're reading this, sweetie, I'd love to send you a copy of a book as well. Just email me at if you like.

Big hug to you, Susan.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Jen B. said...

We try to have a very laid back Christmas. We get up, open gifts, lounge around, eat a healthy breakfast and by noon we are backing to screaming at the kids to pick up their stuff. Ah, the memories we are making! Happy Holidays!

Natalie Dae said...

It can be tough sometimes, Joder. I find, at times, I have absolutely nothing to say that might interest anyone!


Natalie Dae said...

LOL @ you being shy, Tess. So funny when you're not online.


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