2. Mince pies. Being a native Brit, I can’t do without these little calorie-laden morsels of spicy goodness. I make them myself with all-butter flaky pastry and jars of imported mincemeat - much darker and more intense than the American variety. Traditionally they are served with brandy butter (hard sauce) but I prefer brandy flavored whipped cream.
3. Cross-country skiing. The weather doesn’t always behave, but when it does there’s nothing like a hour or two out on the snow before Christmas dinner.
4. Christmas music. Not the canned music in the mall but wonderful Christmas CDs played at home. My old standbys are A Christmas Gift For You from Phil Spector (OK, yes he’s a murderer but the amazing artists who worked for his aren’t) and Christmas with Placido Domingo.
5. For a few years now my daughter and I have invited our friends to our Christmas Party in January. Usually it’s the first Saturday of the year, but we like to do it after everyone has a chance to recover from the most intense period of the holidays so this year it won’t be until January 9th. Here’s hoping it won’t snow!
Page Count: 305 pages
Publisher: cJewel Books (October 10, 2015)
Christmas in London is a busy time at the little bookshop in Duke Street, for love, literature, and shopping. Four couples come and go and discover that happy ever after makes the perfect Christmas gift. A new anthology from the bestselling authors of Christmas in the Duke’s Arms and Dancing in the Duke’s Arms.
The Rake Who Loved Christmas by Miranda Neville
Sir Devlyn Stratton wants to save his brother from an unprincipled adventuress, especially when he meets Oriel Sinclair and wants her for himself. Oriel won’t marry for convenience or become a rake’s mistress. But succumbing to Dev’s seduction is all too tempting.
A Seduction in Winter by Carolyn Jewel
He’s an artist and a duke’s heir. She’s sheltered and scarred. Can he show her by Christmas that love can be theirs to share?
A Prince in her Stocking by Shana Galen
Lady Cassandra has always done as she’s been told. Meek and malleable, she’s lived a life devoid of passion. When she meets a handsome man rumored to be an exiled prince, she sees one last chance at excitement. Little does she know, too much excitement can be dangerous.
The Appeal of Christmas by Grace Burrowes
The best Christmas present is the one he didn't realize he desperately needed.
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