Winter Blogfest: Becky Lower


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Christmas All Year Long

My siblings and I are very close to one another, especially now since our parents have passed on. But we are spread all over the country with jobs, spouses, and children and can only manage to get together once or twice a year.

A few years ago, we decided that regardless of what the calendar says, it’s Thanksgiving and Christmas blended together whenever we can manage to get together. This year, it happened in November. My brother and his wife came to Ohio from California, my baby sister and her husband drove up from North Carolina and joined me and my other two sisters who live locally. We exchanged gifts, ate turkey, celebrated life, and said goodbye to one who didn’t make it through the year. So what if the temperature was in the 60s and there wasn’t a snowflake to be found? We told stories about our childhood experiences, joked and laughed, helped each other out. We decided rather than a full-blown Thanksgiving meal, which would fill up one entire day, this year we’d all go to Bob Evans and have their turkey dinner instead. It gave us more precious time with each other. But we have had the complete turkey with all the trimmings in previous years, in September or October or March, whenever we could manage it.

The moral of this story is to take whatever together time you can get. Don’t wait for the calendar to tell you it’s time to party. Grab it by the horns whenever you can. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Penny Beedle’s outlook on Christmas, as her favorite holiday, was destroyed by a messy breakup years earlier and a botched wedding last year—both on Christmas Eve. But since she and her sister now own a greeting card store, and the holidays are their crazy selling season, she has to put on a happy face.

Del Madison has loved Penny since kindergarten. Commissioned by a big greeting card company for a line of Christmas and Valentine’s cards, he has to emerge from behind his alter ego and unveil himself to the public. He chooses Penny Beedle’s shop for the big reveal. If he plays his cards right, he just might gain Penny as part of his life.

About the Author: Amazon best-selling author Becky Lower has traveled the country looking for great settings for her novels. She loves to write about two people finding each other and falling in love, amid the backdrop of a great setting, be it on a covered wagon headed west or in present day small town America. Historical and contemporary romances are her specialty. Becky is a PAN member of RWA and is a member of the Historic and Contemporary RWA chapters. She has a degree in English and Journalism from Bowling Green State University, and lives in an eclectic college town in Ohio with her puppy-mill rescue dog, Mary.

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  1. Kris Meldgaard says:

    I completely agree with you & my family does thr same! We are scattered all over & we dont get together by calender holidays becuase thats when everything is priced the highest so we get together when airfares are low & we make our own holiday spirit regardless of what day it is! Thank you for sharing your story & my condolences for your families loss this year😯. I hope 2017 brings happiness & health to you & yours! Happy New year!! Thank you for the chance!! 🍀Xoxo💋

  2. Mysti Holiday says:

    Fantastic advice: “…take whatever together time you can get.” You never know what might happen. My family is spread out all over the globe, and we haven’t all been together in years. Maybe we should make an effort now — we aren’t getting any younger! Thank you 🙂

  3. What a great message. You and your siblings look so happy in that picture!

  4. Great message. In a few short years, I lost my sister and both parents. It is important now to not lose contact with my brother.

  5. What a wonderful message.

  6. What a great message, lovely picture of you and your siblings.

  7. You are so right! Calendar dates are meaningless when everyone in the family is bouncing around like a bunch of super balls dropped off the top of 30 Rock. Time together is precious. Thanks for the reminder!

    • It was a lot easier back in the day when family didn’t have the opportunity to relocate all over the world. Take what time you can get to be together whenever you can get it.

  8. That is a great moral! Your family gathering sounds wonderful. Thanks for the post.

  9. Love your post! Family is so important.

  10. Barbara Bettis says:

    I so agree, Becky. Since the death of our parents, my three siblings and I have failed to get together even once. We decided this years–via phone–that 2017 will be different. Our brother from Florida will pick a time he can get away and the rest of us will find time. Too often, we all let day to day demands direct our lives. We have to make the effort to change that. Who was it that said Time waits for no man (or woman).

  11. Loved the post. Family is the most important thing in our lives.

  12. Sounds good.

  13. I can echo those thoughts. Family’s the best. The older I get, the more i appreciate the fact.

  14. Sandra Dailey says:

    I have two brothers and four sisters. We were brought up differently. We were all together once in 1974 and again in 1980. It didn’t go well either time and we haven’t tried it since. I can tell you from experience, you are very lucky. I’d give anything for a close family no matter how far away they lived.

    • I’m so sorry your reunions weren’t good experiences. My siblings and I were raised differently, too, as my parents became more successful. But at our baseline, we have the same parents and the same house and neighbors to remember. That’s what we draw on when we get together.

  15. Becky great post. Family makes the holidays no matter what the calendar says. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Happy New Year! What special memories that you have in getting together.

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