Winter Blogfest: Christmas Trees by Debra St. John

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Christmas Trees

I love the holidays. Any holiday really, but the Christmas season is one of my favorites. I have a hard and fast rule that nothing having to do with Christmas can be even thought about until after Thanksgiving, but when that Friday hits…look out! I am going full force.

We put up three Christmas trees. A live one in the living room is our ‘fancy’ tree. It’s decked out with gold ornaments, strands of gold ribbon, a golden angel on the top, and hundreds of white lights.

On the enclosed back porch is a smaller one sitting on a table. This one holds my ‘teacher’ ornaments and anything Mickey Mouse related. White lights keep it glowing well into the night. A new addition this year was to display my collection of ceramic lighted schoolhouses on faux snow covered tables on either side of the tree. It’s so cozy out there I can just sit for hours and soak up the Christmas spirit in the air.

Our final tree is upstairs in our family room. This is the memory tree. It’s loaded with ornaments we’ve collected over the years. Each time we travel someplace, we get an ornament for the tree. I write the date of the trip on the bottom or back of the ornament before hanging it up. Each year decorating the tree is like a little trip down memory lane. And each year there is less and less tree showing and more and more memories, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

It was this tradition I featured in Christmas at The Corral. Maggie, my heroine, has a small tree in her living room filled with ‘memory’ ornaments. There are so many things I love about the season, it’s hard to limit myself to just one personal thing in my holiday books, but I do try to let the characters tell their own stories instead of my own!

What’s your favorite way to decorate a Christmas tree?

perf5.000x8.000.inddMaggie Pearson has no time in her busy life for love, but an immediate attraction draws her to a mysterious stranger at The Corral, a local bar. However, any romantic feelings are ruthlessly squashed when he accuses her of having an affair with his brother.

As a divorce lawyer, Van Rawlings has seen the ugly side of marriage too many times to believe in love. But having gotten off on the wrong foot with Maggie, and genuinely contrite over his faux pas, he offers to help her with an upcoming Christmas charity dinner. The more time they spend together, the more he realizes he’s never met anyone like Maggie, who gives so generously of her time.

Can Maggie and the magic of the season help Van believe again? In Christmas and in love.

About the Author: Debra St. John has been reading and writing romance since high school. She always dreamed about publishing a romance novel some day. Her dream came true when she started writing sultry contemporary romance with sexy heroes and spunky heroines for The Wild Rose Press. Although she’s a country gal at heart, she lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband, who is her real life hero.

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  1. I wish I could see your trees. Most of the ornaments on my tree are memory trees. I sometimes even put up ornaments that have seen a bit too much life. Thanks for your post.
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  2. We have a Disney tree and a memory tree. Last couple of years we put up a small one for the dog, full of dog ornaments.

  3. My sister in law used to leave her Christmas tree up all year long. I don’t know how it survived her 4 cats. I prefer a humble tree with hand made (by the whole family) decorations.

  4. I have two trees, one is all birds and bird related ornaments, the other is my more formal “bling” tree – silver, gold and bronze ornaments with crystal garland that I’ve hand strung. That tree also has a village beneath it. I enjoy both trees and am getting sad because they’ll be coming down soon.

  5. Good for you, Debra! Lately, I just have a small fiber optic tree sitting on the living room end table. There’s no room for any other kind here anymore. Somehow, I managed to fill up every space available.

    Great Christmas spirit in your book, Debra! A wonderful read for the holidays.

  6. I like to keep Christmas preparations & related things for after Thanksgiving too. Happy New Year!

  7. with lights

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  8. I think I need to start a Cubs tree next year! 😉 I added a second “kids” tree this year because one of my favorite memories as a kid at Christmas was setting up my own little tree in my room. ❤️

  9. My tree is always a real one, traditional colours, white, gold, red and green baubles and ornaments, with unicorns, horses, teddies, angels, stars etc., mostly collected over the years, as well as white and coloured fairy lights, so a mixture of a traditional and memory tree, I guess. I also put a small one up in the hall, near our little dog’s bed so he doesn’t feel left out!

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