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Living near the coast in sunny Southern California, we don't get have snow days. We could be wearing shorts on Christmas day and visiting the beach for a walk or in my son's case--surfing. So my favorite winter activities don't involve snow. Here's my list--
1. Decorating Christmas cookies with my family. My dad's parents started the tradition of cutting, frosting, and decorating sugar cookies at Christmastime. My parents have carried on the tradition for my sons. Now that they're older they're more interested in the eating than the decoration but we still have a good time.
2. Going to Oak Glen to go apple picking the day after Thanksgiving. This is a new activity. We did it for the first time last year and overwhelmingly everyone wanted to do it again this year. Hot apple donuts and cider...YUM.
3. Shopping on Small Business Saturday. I love supporting my local businesses and finding unique, one of a kind gifts.
4. Cyber Monday is my Black Friday. I hate the malls especially during the holidays so I never shop on Black Friday. Shopping from home in my PJs is and having everything shipped to me is an introverts dream! As often as possible I try to support artists and small online businesses. I got the best doormat for my husband from a small online business. It reads: Beware of husband, kids are also shady, wife is cool. Our neighbors love it!
5. Cooking our family's traditional holiday foods and spending time together. One of the ways we honor the ones we've lost is to make the foods they shared with us. It brings back memories of Christmases past and really makes it feel like the holidays. Every few years my sister and I get together and make potato sausage. My father's parents made it every year and it's worth the immense effort to see the look on my dad's face as he's taken back to the Christmases of his childhood. Using food to connect the past to the present reinforces the bonds of our family and the memories of our loved ones.
Now I have a question for you. What is your favorite holiday cookie? Mine is Pfeffernusse cookies. My dad makes them for me every year just like his dad did before him.
Happy holidays! ~ Beth
Series: God of Redemption #1
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Page Count: 245
Release Date: May 2, 2017
In the desert town of Divine, Arizona, Ryder Lynch rules the Gods of Redemption, a mercenary group of former government black ops agents. After getting burned, Ryder doesn’t trust a soul—especially not a stranger like Mercy Thomas. She’s on edge, on the run, and all too willing to trade her body for protection. Ryder doesn’t believe a word coming out of her pretty little mouth. That’s why he’s demanding payment up front . . . and every lie is going to cost her.
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