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2 Days Before Christmas

No books today!

Instead, I am going to tell a favorite Christmas story.

In 1988, my husband asked me what I wanted or needed for Christmas.

I am a simple person and I don’t need or want much of anything.  I thought about what to say to him and this is what I said: “I want a Christmas Sock stuffed full of fruits, nuts, and candy just like when I was a kid on Christmas morn.”

I didn’t think much about it in the coming days, however, I should have known better.

You see, the first Christmas we spent together after meeting, he asked me the same thing and my response was: “I want a red jeep, a million dollars, and a trip around the world for two.”

On Christmas day, I got exactly what I asked for, but not in my way of thinking, yet it was funny.

monopoly-money2I got a red plastic toy jeep that was parked in the driveway between two vehicles.  I got a million dollars of Monopoly Game money and I got my trip around the world for two by him placing a world globe in the middle of the living room floor and walking me around it.

So, you see.  I really should have seen what was coming.

76881450e85d781040c3eebd9b0d8b04mixedchristmasnutsOn Christmas morn, 1988, I got up and there on the back of a chair in the dining room was one of my hubby’s sock stuffed full of fruit, nuts, and candies–all from my childhood: apples, oranges, grapefruit, bananas, English walnuts, hazelnuts, etc. and the ribbon Christmas candy, etc.

It really did bring back my childhood memories and tears flooded my eyes.

So, this year, when you hang your stocking with care, ask your parents and/or grandparents what did they receive in their stockings on Christmas morn.

One thing is for sure, it was probably nothing electronic!

Enjoy yourself today and this evening and on Christmas Eve, don’t rush around like a chicken with its head cut off.  Instead, enjoy your family and/or friends, eat what you want (in moderation), and laugh.

And if you are a church going person, go to church and enjoy the candlelight service.

Wishing Peace to Everyone!

Merry Christmas!

Cindy Harris

P. S.  Don’t forget to leave a comment so you can be entered into my giveaway of a $25 Amazon Gift Card.  Drawing to take place on January 7th.




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Author Charlene Newcomb wishes everyone peace

Q:  What is your name?

A:  Charlene Newcomb, though my friends call me Char.

Q:  What country do you live in?


Q:  What is the title of your current book?

A:  Keeping the Family Peace – it’s my debut novel, to be published in December.

Q:  What holidays do you celebrate during this time of the year?  Which one is your favorite and why?

A:  Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s. I have many wonderful memories of Christmas going back to my childhood back in South Carolina and they all revolve around being with family and friends.

Q:  What colors would you use to describe the holiday season?

A:  Green! With blues and reds coming in second.

Q:  What is your favorite holiday movie & song?

A:  White Christmas. I tear up every time I watch it. Song? That’s a toughie. “Winter Wonderland” and “The Christmas Song” are two of my favorites. I also love “Angels We Have Heard on High” and the “Hallelujah Chorus” and… I could go on & on…

Q:  What is your favorite holiday book?

A:  Hm… The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore; or A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schultz.

Q:  What do you enjoy most/least about the holiday season?

A:  It starts to early and there is far too much advertising! I love to see the lights on Christmas trees and to smell fresh pine.

Q:  If you were given a superpower, as a gift for one day, what would it be and what would you do?

A:  Well…you know about my love of Star Wars. I’d have to say I’d want the Force. 🙂  I’d be a good Jedi, of course, and use my power to bring world peace. And since the Force will be with you always, I’d have it for more than a day!

Q:  Do you call the jolly old fat man – Santa Claus, St. Nick, Kris Kringle, or something else?  If something else, what do you call him?

A:  He’s been Santa Claus in my book, though I did like Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street.

Q:  If Santa was real and lived at the North Pole, would you want to visit and why?

A:  Seeing Santa would take away the magic, wouldn’t it? I’ll just stare at the stars in the night sky and dream.

Q:  If time and money were no problem, where would you go and what would you do during this holiday season?

A:  I’d take all my children & their significant others to Italy to see the sights and track down long-lost relatives.

Q:  What message would you like to send to those reading this blog?

A:  I’d love for your readers to stop by my blog! And, because it’s the holiday season, I wish them all good health, good company, and peace.

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About Keeping the Family Peace

Deprived of his father’s love and approval growing up, a history scholar must convince his aging father to reveal family secrets. The revelations will either tear them apart or allow him to become the man his father was never able to be.

A son searching for answers. A father who won’t talk. A family rocked to its very core.

Nick Peace knows more about the Middle Ages than about his own family history. His father Jack, a retired Navy captain, wants to keep the past buried. Nick struggles with his own desire to dig it up, though he’s certain it holds the secrets to the distance between them. Nick’s sisters aren’t much help – they have secrets of their own. The rift between father and son grows wider but as tragedy strikes the family, and the girls’ secrets come to light, Jack’s defenses begin to crumble.

Join the family Peace as they gather to celebrate – or mourn – life changing events…and underlying tensions reveal the secrets that could tear them apart.

A mainstream contemporary family saga, coming (with a bit of luck) in your Christmas stocking, December 2012.

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