I finally figured this out so I can actually post as Cate. Perfect timing since I'm about to show you the cover for my LIS debut, coming in October.
Since I thought the release date I originally saw for Christmas in Hiding was October 8th, I was excited that we could celebrate Christmas early today - 3 months to the date of the release. Apparently I was wrong though and it's October 6th. But why quibble over dates? We can still celebrate Christmas in July.
My heroine, Callie Martin, doesn't get to celebrate Christmas as planned because she has to go on the run after witnessing a murder. Not to worry, Jackson does his best to make it up to her.
Thinking of ways for Jackson to help Callie celebrate got me to thinking of our family customs and made me wonder about the unique ways other people celebrate.
One of my favorite memories is my father insisting he go down the stairs first to "make sure Santa was gone." That was such an important tradition when we were young, but it was equally special that he continued to do it as we grew older because of the family memories it recalled.
When my own children were young, we always left a snack for Santa and his reindeer with a thank you note. Santa always answered. Then came the year my oldest daughter remarked that Santa's handwriting looked a lot like mom's. The next year Santa typed his letter. Years later, smart aleck daughter gave me grief about that.
Of course Christmas in my family always involved a lot of time spent in church. Nowadays, since my oldest daughter sings in the choir, we always attend Midnight Mass. The following morning is fairly calm, save for the dog opening his presents.
Christmas commercials also have a special place in my heart. Does anyone else remember the Folgers "Peter Comes Home for Christmas ad?" That was one I loved to see. Now I can watch it any time on YouTube. It never fails to make me smile.
And then last year there was that wonderful mini-movie ad about peace at Christmas from Sainsbury's.
I think many memories are precious to us because of the people involved. That certainly is going to be true for Jackson and Callie.
What are your best Christmas memories? Do you and your family have special traditions?