Winter Blogfest: Christmas Traditions with Megan Slayer

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Christmas Traditions with Megan Slayer

I have quite a few traditions with my family at the holidays, but the one I wanted to talk about today is one that’s purely my own. Sounds selfish, doesn’t it? It’s not. Really. I promise.

One of my traditions during the holiday season is to measure out when I listen to holiday music and watch holiday movies. I’m a stickler for not decorating the house with Christmas lights or whatnot until after Thanksgiving.

Here’s how my tradition plays out: until Halloween, I want to listen to spooky music, Halloween music. I love how it sets the tone. Then once Halloween is over, it’s Thanksgiving stuff. Watching movies about being thankful and so forth. Oh and football. I’ve got to have my football. There’s something about guys in tight pants, running and tackling that does something for me. Grin.

Until Thanksgiving is over—and I mean all the way over—I don’t listen to Christmas music or watch Christmas shows. No decorations either. The day after Thanksgiving though, all bets are off. I’m probably one of the few people who isn’t out shopping, but I am watching the sappy movies on the different channels. I love the romance in the movies and the warm, happy feeling I get from the music, movies and decorations.

Why don’t I get all festive as soon as possible? Seems like I’d want Christmas all year ‘round. That’s just it. I do like the festiveness and the peace of the season. What gets a little old is having Christmas decorations up before Halloween. Ghouls and goblins don’t belong on the same shelf as the elf—unless he’s a spooky elf. I want the whole happy holiday season when it’s time. Let Halloween have its day and Thanksgiving, too. Then let’s go all out for Christmas and New Years.

What about you? What are your traditions? What are your thoughts on Christmas decorations? Let me know. Grin.

Merry Christmas, Darling_finalReconnecting for Kenley Kissinger and Peter Barnes ended up being hotter than they’d ever expected. A model and a computer geek? Who knew? But now it’s the holidays. Peter’s retirement from the modeling business isn’t quite as settled as he’d planned. He spends more nights away from the man he loves than with him. Will the holidays bring these two together for good or be the faux-snow covered disaster that tears them apart?
Peter isn’t about to give up on his man, but there are others who want to intrude on their relationship. It’s up to Peter and Kenley to decide how happy they want their holiday to be.

About the Author:When she’s not writing the stories in her head, Megan Slayer can be found luxuriating in her hot tub with her three vampire Cabana boys, Javier, Luke and Jeremy. She has the tendency to run a tad too far with her muse, so she has to hide in the head of her alter ego, but the boys don’t seem to mind.

When she’s not obsessing over her whip collection, she can be found picking up her kidlet from school. She enjoys writing in all genres, but writing about men in love suits her fancy best. The cabana boys are willing to serve, unless she needs them. She always needs them. So be nice to Javier or he will bite–on command.

She also masquerades under the name Wendi Zwaduk and is published through Loose ID Publishing, Liquid Silver Books, MLR Press, Resplendence Publishing, Totally Bound Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Changeling Press and Decadent Publishing.

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  1. Salisa Waheed says:

    Lol. Same reason I would watch football. Traditions huh.. We used to have this traditions oh Holidays we would plan to go shopping together. Its fun cause we would end up shopping for things that we would probably never need or use, moms reasoning for buying those things is always that we may need it ‘one day’. 😀 😀

  2. kim amundsen says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  3. I start decorating the day after Thanksgiving, drives my husband crazy, though as we have gotten older, I tend to tone it down a bit.

  4. I love Christmas, but like you, I hate having the decorations up to early. Here in the UK we don’t decorate much for Halloween, and don’t celebrate Thanksgiving (although that’s a tradition I think we should borrow, there are so many things we have to be thankful for compared to what some people are going through). However much I love Christmas and want it to last, I feel putting the decorations up too early takes away much of the ‘magic’ so we don’t decorate until about two weeks before Christmas. We always visit the garden centre for special gifts and decorations, but we get our tree from the Christmas tree farm or buy one from the forest nearby. I spend ages decorating it with little angels, horses, teddies, woodland animals, stars and of course coloured baubles, all collected over the years. We put lights on the outside of the house and along the fence and I also put lights up at the windows and along the shelves indoors, and a little crib near the Christmas tree. The older I get the more I seem to enjoy it, but the worst part is taking it all down afterwards.

    • I so want to go over to the UK so I can see your display. Sounds so magical. We put lights outside and I have three trees in the house that I decorate. I’ve got the teddies and angels and snowmen, too. 🙂 Awesome!! Love it!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. decorating together

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  6. Julie McDonough says:

    I agree that every holiday should have it’s time. There’s just so much commercialism to push for each holiday. Christmas is my favorite time. My most special tradition is baking goodies with my mom and my daughters, especially now that my mom’s health is failing. I treasure all the time I have with her.

    • You’re my winner!! Julie, I need you to email me at wendi (dot) zwaduk @ gmail (dot) com so we can talk details. Thanks to everyone who entered and commented. I hope you found a great new read and had a wonderful holiday season!
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  7. I don’t put them up early either, but I have a hard time taking them down!

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