Beachwalk Press Blog Hop ~ A Christmas Memory

by Pepper on December 5, 2013

Hey there. Thanks for stopping by today. Are you taking part in the Beachwalk Holiday Blog Hop? Great! I love meeting new readers. Be sure and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of my new ebook, Amber’s Fantasy. Details below.

Here’s a Christmas memory from many years ago. When I was a kid, we lived in the town of San Luis Obispo, California, where my dad went to college on the GI bill.  It was a custom for people there to make elaborate Christmas lighting displays and erect nativity scenes in their yards, and on Christmas Eve everyone drove around and admired the displays. This was many years ago folks; they were somewhat ahead of their time in SLO.

angelsI had a sister three years younger than I, and the year I turned six my second sister was born. That next Christmas, when Ronda was seven months old, my parents decided to take part in the Christmas display mania. They decided we would have the only living nativity scene in town. My mother made little angel costumes from bed sheets for myself and my younger sister. Then she had my dad wear his striped bathrobe, (which did kinda look like something Joseph might have worn), and she draped herself to look like the Virgin Mary. Baby Ronda played Jesus in a box my dad spruced up with straw to look like a manger. We had a large bay window in our front room. Somehow my mother draped blankets behind us, and we posed there in that window for what seemed hours while people drove past and waved and pointed. While I did enjoy my fifteen minutes of early fame, I recall being consumed by the fear that someone would guess the infant in the manger was my sister Ronda and not Jesus, not even a boy child. Of course we were standing a good forty feet from the street, so no one could have possibly guessed, but these are the things six-year-old kids worry about. Good times.

What are your favorite holiday memories? Do you celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanzaa? Or is your childhood Amber under the treesomething like Ralphie’s from A Christmas Story? I’d love to hear about it.  And I’d love to put a copy of Amber’s Fantasy under your tree this year. (It’s a very steamy tale, so make sure the kiddies don’t open it.) For a chance to win the book, just leave me a comment below with your email. Because my blog has attracted hackers lately, all comments have to go through an approval process, so it may take an hour to two for your comment to appear. On Monday morning, December 9th, I’ll draw the name of one commentor and send that winner an email.

Lots of other Beachwalk Press authors are joining the hop as well, so be sure and stop by their blogs for a chance to win. Here is the link to return to the main Beachwalk Holiday Blog Hop page where you can find out where to visit next: http://tamariasoana.blogspot.com/p/holidays-with-beachwalk-babes.html

Thanks so much for stopping and playing along. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season, no matter how you celebrate it.

~Pepper
“Let’s read something spicy!”

 

 

 

 

 

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Cara O December 6, 2013 at 4:57 am

We celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas, our kids are a little too spoiled by the end! Thanks for the chance! Nowischick@hotmail.com

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Pepper December 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

Hey Cara. Thanks for stopping by. I love the idea of celebrating whatever holiday tradition calls to you. Your kids will have rich memories. Happy Holidays!

~ Pepper

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Angie December 6, 2013 at 7:45 am

Some of my favorite holiday memories are spending it with my extended family. My great-grandmother used to have everyone over and it was fun seeing all my cousins and aunts and uncles.\
angiek@cfu.net

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Pepper December 6, 2013 at 10:27 am

Hi Angie. Those Christmas memories with your big family sound lovely. I’m glad you stopped in today. Best of luck on the drawing.

~ Pepper

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marysuewehr December 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

Pepper, a few live animals here and there would have been a riot! Thanks for sharing:)

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Pepper December 6, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Hi Mary Sue – leave it to you to dream up something so hilarious. I can just picture trying to get a donkey and camel to hold still in our living room. LOL. Thanks for the chuckle. Happy Holidays!

~ Pepper

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Lacey Wolfe December 6, 2013 at 12:13 pm

We celebrate Christmas here. Thanks for sharing such a great memory.

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Pepper December 6, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Hi Lacey. Nice of you to stop by. We celebrate Christmas too, but I’m intrigued by the traditions of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. And then there is the Pagan ritual celebrating the winter solstice. I can sure understand why people felt glad when the days started to lengthen again, especially on a day like today when there is snow on the ground. Brrr. Merry Christmas!

~ Pepper

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Kimberly Mayberry December 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm

We celebrate Christmas here, with the tradition of baking a birthday cake for Jesus, and when we blow out the one big candle, we each wish silently for a happy and healthy new year for our family. My children have decided they would like to remain Catholic, but I am a spiritual person, and I am learning more about the Pagan, Wiccan, and Buddhist beliefs. I believe I am a child of the Earth and the Elements, and I should embrace all things that call to me, even if that is parts of several different “Religions”.
kbinmich AT yahoo DOT com

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Pepper December 6, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Hi Kimberly: I share your passion for exploring the alternative spiritual world but I admit I love the traditions of the Christmas holiday: the tree, the lights, giving to others and the hope for something better. Good on you for letting your kids make their own decisions in this area. We should all go toward what attracts us. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

~ Pepper

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amy bownes December 6, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Thank you for sharing a Christmas memory it’s always nice to hear other’s stories. My family also celebrate Christmas! The only tradition that we really stick to is the one that I had with my mom and siblings when I was growing up! As we decorated the tree we would turn on the radio and listen and sing to Christmas music , then after the tree was decorated mom would make us hot chocolate and we got to set by the tree , eat cookies and drink our chocolate milk. Since I always enjoyed that I had decided to do this with my children and they really love it! Thanks and I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

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Pepper December 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Amy, reading your comment made me homesick for my childhood. We used to sing around the tree as well. It’s wonderful that you have carried this tradition into your own family. I hope you have a lovely holiday. Thanks for stopping by.

~Pepper

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Barbara Stull December 6, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Christmas as a child was always eventful. Christmas Eve would be spent at my grandparent’s house opening gifts, eating dinner and playing euchre or LRC. We would always spend Christmas day at home opening presents, eating cinnamon rolls and drinking milk and coffee.

As an adult I love dragging my husband out in the car to go look at Christmas lights 🙂 Otherwise being at home by the fire reading steamy book is the way to go! Happy Holidays to everyone!
barbistull(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Pepper December 6, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Hey Barbara. Thanks so much for contributing these wonderful memories of your childhood. Cinnamon rolls sound like the perfect Christmas morning breakfast. And reading steamy books is a wonderful Christmas activity too. Good luck in the drawing.

– Pepper

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kimmyl December 7, 2013 at 6:18 am

Thanks for the great post. We always hang 2 stocking each for the kids. One filled with sweets and the other small gifts. We let them open the stockings day before Christmas and then all their gifts under tree Christmas morning.
kac_030 at yahoo dot com

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Tamaria Soana December 7, 2013 at 8:32 am

I would love to read Amber’s Fantasy! My favorite holiday memories center around the HUGE Christmas party with my inlaws! The food and fun are always endless!

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Crystal Young December 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm

We always had Christmas Dinner for all the extended family at my Grandmas the Saturday before Christmas and one adult was always picked to play Santa and we always had a great time. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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bn100 December 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm

decorating the tree together

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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Wedding Venues Lady December 18, 2013 at 8:27 am

I like how this is inclusive of all the different holidays celebrated this year! A lovely walk down memory lane!

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