You Have How Many Christmas Trees?

Christmas is such a magical time of year. What’s your favorite part about the season?

You Have How Many Christmas Trees?

By C. C. Gevry

 

A Christmas Kindness
A Christmas Kindness

When someone asks me what my favorite part of the Christmas season is, I easily admit spending time with my family. People are busy, and our family is no exception. So, taking time around the holidays to catch up with everyone is a wonderful thing.

But what I really love most is decorating. At one point, I had as many as 10 Christmas trees here. Most of them have themes: snowmen, collectible ornaments, handmade ornaments, angels, toys, and snowflakes and icicles. Some are fiber optic. Our girls each have a tree for their bedrooms: one pink, one purple.

Decorating begins the week before Thanksgiving. My goal is to have the house ready for when family arrives on Thanksgiving Day; except the big tree, which we all decorate together. I string all the lights. I learned from a Christmas show (probably on HGTV) that a lot of lights gives you the best effect, so you wrap the strands around each branch. Our large tree usually has 12 strings of lights on it. The soft glow from the tree lights and the fire burning in the fireplace are some of the nicest things about sitting in our family room this time of year.

The girls get into decorating big time, too. In addition to decorating their own Christmas trees, the windows here are often adorned with homemade snowflakes cut from paper, glitter-filled drawings, and hand decorated place cards for our guests. The big tree is filled with ornaments our kids have made over the years; even our son’s ornaments—and he’s been married for three years.

Is ours the most elegant home? No, but I think it is a home that reflects who we are as a family. It’s comfortable. It’s warm. No one is afraid to put their feet up or leave a smug mark on the glass. There’s a picture hanging in our home of a mother holding her infant child. The accompanying poem says,

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait ‘til tomorrow,

For babies grow up, we’ve learned to our sorrow…

So quiet down, cobwebs.

Dust, go to sleep…

I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep.

I was just looking at photos of the girls on the computer from last year. It’s amazing how much they grow over a year’s time. I don’t want to miss any of it. I hope and pray that when our children grow up they have fond Christmas memories and traditions they wish to share with their own kids; memories filled with preparing their hearts for Jesus and spending time with family and friends in a warm, comfortable home decorated with love.

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About the book:

Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who has only one request for Santa, Robert is confused over what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?

Excerpt:

            Inside the mall, Christmas music and the tinkling of jingle bells tickled Robert’s ears. With his mother, Robert weaved through the crowd of shoppers. He smelled fried food from Burger Mart. The sweet scent of warm chocolate chip cookies from the bakery made his mouth water.

Chapter One Excerpt:

Chapter One

 

“Oh, when will we get there?” whispered Robert from the backseat of his mother’s car. He fiddled with the pull on his coat. The wipers brushed aside the snow falling on the windshield.

As they arrived, lines of cars streamed in and out of the mall parking lot. Robert peered over his mother’s shoulder and saw her white-knuckled grip on the steering wheel. She huffed as she scanned the parking lot for an empty space. He wiggled around, but his seat belt kept him secure.

Inside the mall, Christmas music and the tinkling of jingle bells tickled Robert’s ears. With his mother, Robert weaved through the crowd of shoppers. He smelled fried food from Burger Mart. The sweet scent of warm chocolate chip cookies from the bakery made his mouth water.

Robert’s shoulders drooped when he saw how many kids waited to see Santa. There were babies, some crying and struggling to get out of their mother’s arms. Little kids, many younger than eight-year-old Robert, clung to their father’s pants or jumped up and down as they waited their turn.

“This is going to take forever!”

 

Purchase information:

4RV Publishing

Amazon

Amazon Kindle

Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble Nook

Kobo

 

Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvW-tUyxDq8 or use the code:

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About the author:

Cheryl MalandrinosC.C Gevry is a children’s author from Western Massachusetts. A Christmas Kindness is her first book with 4RV Publishing. She is also a member of the SCBWI. Ms. Gevry is married with two young children and a son who is married. Visit her online at http://ccgevry.com

 

A Christmas Kindness Tour Schedule

 

December 2

Interview at Linda Weaver Clarke’s A Family Friendly Blog

December 3

Interview at Writers and Authors

Book review at By the Book

December 4

Book review at IE Mommy

Book Blast w/ Giveaway at Blooming with Books

Book Blast w/ Giveaway at 4 the Love of Books

Book Blast w/ Giveaway at My Devotional Thoughts

Book Blast w/ Giveaway at Lynn’s Corner

Book Blast w/ Giveaway at Mayra’s Secret Bookcase

Book Blast w/ Giveaway at The Story of a Writer

Book Blast w/ Giveaway at Rose & Beps Blog

Book Blast w/ Giveaway at Naturally Kim

December 5

Book review at My Devotional Thoughts

First chapter reveal at Broken Teepee

December 6

Guest post at Marilyn’s Musings

December 7

Interview at Janet K. Brown: Writing God’s Message of Hope

December 9

Book review at Inside BJ’s Head

December 10

First chapter reveal at Classic Children’s Books

Guest post at Paperback Writer

December 11

Book review at Lynn’s Corner

December 12

Interview at One Writer’s Journey

December 13

Interview at Examiner

December 16

Book review at Maureen’s Musings

December 17

Guest post a Lori’s Reading Corner

First chapter reveal at 4 the Love of Books

December 18

Book review at Our Families Adventure

December 19

Guest post at 4 the Love of Books

Book review at Blooming with Books

December 20

Book review at Classic Children’s Books

December 23

Book tour highlights at The Book Rack

Book review at 4 the Love of Books

 

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