Winter draws nigh, and I'm pleased to say that my NaNoWriMo project is ready to bed. I've decided to hibernate this December - that is, instead of beginning a new writing project, I'm going to be restudying my books on writing and taking the time to pen some short stories to fill out my collection. This is a perfect opportunity for a blog hop & giveaway, hosted by Sarah Belliston.
There’s one thing I find especially wonderful about the holidays: It’s easy to make them your own. My mum-in-law, who hails from southern Georgia, likes a country style Christmas, with plenty of family running underfoot and big meals. I was delighted last year to find she had hung a stocking for me on the fireplace with the rest of her children. Inside, I found candy, a toothbrush, socks, and an orange. My parents, on the other hand, have much more low key traditions. We would go to a tree farm and pick out a live tree, hauling it into the house, huffing and puffing. We’re not much for large poultry, so my father often grills steaks for holiday dinners. And we all curl up together on the couch to watch movies.
This year will be the first winter with just myself and The Spouse. I’ve been thinking of what sorts of traditions we’d like to have each year. How would we “remake” the holidays so that they suited us? Both of us prefer small touches rather than grand affairs. And I realized my favorite depictions of Christmas are those in the Victorian style.
Victorian yule was marked with natural decor embellished with silver and gold. I find the mixture of live greens and real pinecones mixed with stunning silver and gold ornaments to be quite beautiful. Then there is caroling in the snow, sleigh rides, and Boxing Day to follow. I think it suits The Spouse and I very well, as our favorite holiday movies include “A Christmas Carol” and “The Nutcracker” ballet.
It seemed only fitting that my slot in the Giveaway is “9 Ladies Dancing.”
I’m using this theme to share a touch of my take on the holidays with a lucky winner. My giveaway prize will include two kinds of tea and a Collector’s Library edition of “Emma” by Jane Austen, with pretty gold leaf pages and attached ribbon bookmark.
With this package, you’ll be all set for an elegant winter's evening of your own! I'll also be adding a few MYSTERY GOODIES into the mix.
This giveaway has ended!
Thanks to everyone who entered.
Stay tuned for the winner!