Today I’m delighted to welcome Fleur McDonald to Sam Still Reading. Fleur is the author of Sapphire Falls, which I would have read by now had I not shown it to my mother, who promptly took off with it to read. (She says it’s brilliant with unexpected twists and turns by the way). Fleur is talking about Christmas traditions today, so I’ll stop typing and let her take over. Many thanks Fleur!
By Fleur McDonald
Well here we are at that time of year again… The Festive Season. Or is does this line make you want to scream?
My local supermarket has been decorated with tinsel and Santa’s for the last three weeks – much to my horror. Has anyone got ANY idea HOW much I have to do between now and Christmas? I’m sure you’re all the same.
Then there’s the dreaded Christmas present shop… What to get everyone, do you put a price limit on so on and so forth.
We all live in such an instant society I think the Christmas Wish List we had when I was a kid, is a thing of the past. Especially when I ask my kids what they want and they can’t tell me.
I always had a huge Christmas Wish List. It consisted of… wait for it, I’m sure you’ll die of shock!
Books and Earrings.
True! That’s all I ever wanted. Father Christmas would load my sack up with around four or five books every year, plus a few little incidentals like blank tapes so I could record music from the radio (yes, that’s showing my age isn’t it!) Then under the tree would be a small parcel that contained earrings.
*Sigh * Happiness abounds!
I’m still really easily pleased – books. Although I have so many earrings now, I don’t need any more!
My Christmas wish list is the new Michael Connelly and Lee Child books. Do you have books on your list?
(At the risk of being VERY forward, Sapphire Falls will be out in time to make a great Chrissie present!)
The best thing about books, as any mum will know, is they don’t require batteries. Now there’s a whole different topic! Am I the only one who, when my kids were small, went to the shops before the big day and bought different types of batteries in anticipation of the noisy, ridiculous presents that people WITHOUT kids give to our children? The kids have a fabulous time ripping off the wrapping before ending in tears because there are no batteries with the present and it can’t make as much noise as it has the potential to…
Well, as December bears down on us, my wish for you all during this time is that you all experience love and laughter. You enjoy your family, the traditions you’ve made. Maybe even make some new ones.
Wishing you all a Merry (reading) Christmas and wonderful, safe, healthy and happy 2017.
Sapphire Falls by Fleur McDonald is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99, available now.
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