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Thanks for stopping by my blog on your travels through Entangled Publishing’s Holiday Blog Hop. I’ve had a wonderful first year in publishing and to give thanks, I’d love to give away a copy of each of the books that released in 2012. My Christmas book, Holiday Sparks, will be coming out on Dec 21st, 2012 and rounding out my truly spectacular year. As an extra bonus I’ll also give one lucky winner a $10 GC to Amazon to go with my books! Just enter on the rafflecopter for a chance to win.

 My favorite memory about Christmas was when I was a little bit older. My dad and mom loved Christmas and we always had a houseful on Christmas Day. So, the night before we’d go to mass–my aunt was a nun. Seriously. No lie there, folks. My aunt, also my godmother, was a nun. Coolest nun ever, btw.

Anyway, we weren’t overly religious, but we’d go to her church with her on Christmas Eve. Then, my dad being my dad, we’d sneak out after the sacrament to miss the crowd at the end. LOL God, I loved my impatient father.

But there was part of him that was infinitely patient. When it came to opening the presents.

My dad would have the the presents set out under the tree, arranged by family member, and make us insane to know what things were. We’d have dinner–usually, my mom’s to die for lasagna  and then we’d all settle down in the living room for presents. Again, he’d have everything organized in piles next to wherever we landed.

We’d always make sure he had a big ole pile of gifts too, but he’d always forget to open his because he was too busy watching us with this crazy grin on his face. My dad wasn’t the most demonstrative man, but he was a big ole mushball when it came to Christmas.

A stocking full of goodies and a floor full of wrapping paper, bows and whatever tinsel got dislodged in the melee.

Then within twenty minutes, my mother the wonder-cleaner-organizer-of-all things-Christmas, would have the presents under the tree in their boxes and lined up like Macy’s was coming to check her display work.

There would be laughter, a crackling fire–even when it was mild night, and family. Always family.

That’s what I remember best about Christmas.

And because we’re all about the holidays right now, whether you’re religious or not, this is the season of hope. Please let me know your favorite memory about this time of year.

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54 thoughts on “ENTANGLED UNDER THE MISTLETOE: Holiday Hop

  1. My favorite memory about this time of year is watching the excitement in my daughters eyes when she wakes up on Christmas morning. This year she is 4 so I am sure it’s going to be very exciting for her.

    1. Taryn says:

      Oh man! She’ll have you up at 4:30 to see what Santa got her. LOL That’s a very fun age, I hope she, and you, have fabulous Christmas.

  2. Phuong says:

    My favorite memory is decorating Christmas tree at my friend’s house every year and then spending the day with them exchanging gifts and having brunch.

    1. Taryn says:

      Aww. That’s a great memory Phuong. I’ve really enjoyed that my friends make Christmas so wonderful. I’ll be going to my GF’s house as well. I hope you have a wonderful time. Thanks for stopping by as always sweetie!

  3. Eva says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is waking up to find a bright pink huffy under the tree! Best Christmas ever!!

    1. Taryn says:

      I had one of those! LOL What a great memory. Thanks for stopping by, Eva.

  4. Irene says:

    I love Maroon 5! because Adam Levine is sexy :)

    1. Taryn says:

      I’ll take Adam Levine under my Christmas tree, that’s for sure!

  5. Rebe says:

    My favorite memory is coming downstairs on Christmas morning & realizing “Santa” left me a note after eating the cookies and milk.

    1. Taryn says:

      Awww. My parents used to do awesome stuff like that too. Great memory. =)

  6. Diane says:

    Favorite Christmas Memory? Probably the family tradition of allowing us to have an itty bitty glass of lime vodka and Squirt on Christmas Eve just before bedtime. Now I know it was so we’d sleep past 4 a.m., but then it was the fact we were included in the Christmas Eve toast.

    1. Taryn says:

      Hhahaa! Should have told my dad about this one.
      Great memory.
      We always had a great time Christmas Eve because the whole crazy train of family would come on Christmas Day.

  7. Awesome blog hop! My favorite christmas memory is watching my kids faces when they see the gifts that santa brings.

    1. Taryn says:

      My parents were the same way. No matter how old we were.

  8. Jennifer D says:

    I cherish all the memories from Christmas of my mother, She’s no longer with me, so I remembrance on so many with her! my all time favorite? When we got matching sweaters.. oh my gosh they were so horrid looking.. but we worn them with pride anyway! lol

    1. Taryn says:

      I’ll have to agree with you here, Jennifer. I miss my mom like crazy–especially this time of year. I hope you have a picture of those ugly sweaters. You should take it out and put it up for Christmas. ;)

  9. JackieW says:

    A favorite memory is shopping each year with my daughter for a special Christmas tree ornament.We had something in mind each year and so it was fun looking for it.

    1. Taryn says:

      Aww. That’s a great idea. That’s a tradition that will never get old.

  10. Dawna Newman says:

    My favorite memory is my son’s first christmas when he was old enough for Santa and open presents. His eyes widen and his smile was huge.

    As for the blog comment in rafflecopter, I’m not from NJ but I love a band from NJ- and that’s Bon Jovi.


  11. Kat says:

    I love Christmas! One of my fav memories is driving around and looking at holiday lights with my family… Also, coming home after Christmas Eve service and eating a late snack and *whispers* opening presents… We opened presents Christmas Eve and stalkings Christmas morning :P
    (((hugs))) Kat

    1. Taryn says:

      Man…another thing we’re twinsies about, Kat!!

      We opened on Christmas eve too–after mass. LOL Funny how that’s one more thing we’re alike about. When we were older, we waited for stockings in the morning too. =)

  12. Rita Wray says:

    My favorite memory is when I went to Australia with my kids to spend Christmas with my whole family. My dad died shortly after that so it will always be a special time for me.


  13. Natalie says:

    My favourite Christmas memory is of making my first snowman with my dad.

  14. Anonymous says:

    My favorite memory/moment is watching my husband & kids open their gifts, knowing that I helped put a smile on their faces.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  15. My favorite memory/moment is watching my husband & kids open their gifts, knowing that I helped put a smile on their faces.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  16. Ella says:

    My favourite memory is decorating our Christmas tree with my family. Now that my daughters are old enough, I can’t wait until we put up our tree next weekend, and carefully unpack all the decorations, including ones from my grandparents. This year we’re also adding our own iced gingerbread biscuits – I don’t think they’ll last long! Congratulations Taryn on a fabulous first year of publishing success!

  17. Kris says:

    My newest favorite memories are seeing my daughters light up when they wake up Christmas morning.

  18. Judy-Ree says:

    My favorite Christmas memory, I was about 9 or 10. My parents and grandparents let me and my 2 younger sisters sleep in the travel trailer outside that night. We were giggling and talking, when we heard sleighbells outside. Since we lived in Florida, we KNEW they must be Santa, so we pretended to be asleep so he would still leave us presents.

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the blog stop.

    Bookworm (dot) judy (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. bn100 says:

    decorating the tree together


  20. Lisa says:

    my oldest son was my fav. christmas memory ..he made his way into this world Dec 24th –what a great christmas we had that year

  21. Ellen T says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is the year my brother got a pony. We had an old pony who died a few weeks before Christmas and we were all sad, especially my brother. He had asked for a train set but, when we got up Christmas morning, he had a letter from Santa that said he had brought something that he thought he needed more than the train set and that he should go look in the backyard. We were all very excited when we went running out the back door to see what it was!

  22. Josie Hink says:

    Going to my grandparents on Christmas eve and being surrounded by family and singing songs!!!


  23. Readsalot81 says:

    One of my favorite memories is our family just decorating the tree. My mom made excellent apple cider.. we alternate between cheesy and classical christmas music and pick out funny ornaments to put on the tree. ( I dub ours the “Simpsons tree”.. homemade, old, playdough like substances, fancy glass ornaments.. it’s a mishmash of everything lol)

  24. kym says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is baking cookies with my kids..so much laughing and fun. The kids make a list of who made a difference in their lives that year..and we give them a cookie tray as a thank you. They are now both in college and STILL want to bake and give cookies, I love it !

    Merry Christmas !

  25. JanD says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is when I was a kid waiting for midnight so the whole family could have dessert.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  26. Carla says:

    My favorite memory is when my now 16 year old was a toddler. He came down Christmas morning and looked for the plate of milk and cookies he left for Santa. He wanted to see if Santa ate them. Santa had eaten the cookies and milk and left a note. He was so excited that Santa liked the snacks and left a note he totally forgot about the gifts. When he was reminded, he said “Santa remembered me.” It was so cute.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  27. JOYE says:

    One of my favorite memories was when my sons were smaller we always took them to play in the snow. This was a treat since we lived on the desert of Arizona. There are several places in northern Arizona where it often snows.

  28. Julianne says:

    My favorite memory is of my son when he got tickets to see FSU and Ohio State at the Orange Bowl. He was so super surprised. At first he didn’t really believe the tickets were real, once he did he couldn’t stop talking about going.

  29. Jamie says:

    I think my favorite holiday memory is yet to come. We got my 3yo son a new Jeep Powerwheels to replace the dead one he inherited from his 13yo brother. I can’t wait to see his reaction when he opens it!

    Or maybe it was the year I got a horse for Christmas. Best. Gift. EVER!

  30. Erica says:

    My favorite memory is baking with my mother :)

  31. Lily B says:

    My favorite christmas memory is when all of us get together christmas morning to open gifts, we joke and have fun it’s joyful :)

  32. Daniel M says:

    i got a tabletop hockey game one year when i was a kid, thing was great! me and my friends had tournaments for years with it.

  33. Rhianna says:

    I was in kindergarten and my parents’ divorce has just been finalized. Things were… I don’t know if there’s an adjective that even suits it to be honest. But my grandma (dad’s mom) really wanted to make it a good one for me because it’s rough being 6 years old with a drunk dad and a single mom. Everything was opened and done and I remember sitting in her living room while she and dad went to get one more thing… and they brought out a dollhouse just like the one from my school! It’s not fancy and it was used and the furniture is a bit mismatched in sizes and the dad from the family was missing but it was mine! I loved that dollhouse so much! Then a few years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter I had to go home for a funeral and grandma sent it home with me for my little girl to have once she’s old enough. :)

    1. Taryn says:

      I love this one so much–I’m so glad you kept the dollhouse for your little girl. Amazing story.

  34. Kim says:

    My favorite Christmas memory… Gosh, there’s alot.

    I’m going to say it was when I was somewhere between six and eight. I tried REALLY REALLY hard to say up and see Santa. Of course, it didn’t work. I kept getting up throughout the night.

    When Christmas morning finally came and I was actually able to get up, I found one present in the fireplace. My mom told me that I must have scared Santa and he dropped my present trying to get away.

  35. Alexandrea Ward says:

    I miss when we would all go to my maternal grandmother’s house and catch up on the year. We are a very big family and getting all the cousins together is a big challenge but during Christmas, it just seems to work out. I really miss that.

  36. Tina B says:

    That sounds like a wonderful memory! Thank you for sharing.
    My favorite would have to be from when I was little. We would all go to my grandparents house for Christmas Eve dinner and open gifts with our cousins. I didn’t see them often, so this was a very special time for me. I still remember the way the house was decorated and smelled. :)
    Thank you also for the giveaway.

  37. Taryn says:

    You guys left me the best Christmas memories! I’m sorry I ran out of time to individually reply. *sigh* Work has been madness. OT and a book deadline make for a very blurry week.

    And this year especially needs all these amazing and heartfelt Christmas traditions. Hold your family close and be kind to a stranger. Happy Holidays everyone.

    CONGRATS to Johanne for winning the GRAND PRIZE here.

  38. Anonymous says:

    I’m trying to enter the contest for The 12 Books for Christmas Giveaway! My favorite time for the holidays is Christmas eve we would always have a house full of familt and freinds and then vsanta would come and give the kids a present….
    Tracy M

  39. Suzy says:

    Always looked forward to visiting with family we haven’t seen throughout the year. Now that everyone is scattered and lost to us it’s a memory to savor…
    Great contest…Happy Holidays!

  40. I think my favorite holiday memory was when my son came down to his first Christmas. The look of awe on his face was precious.

  41. Christine Moore says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is the last Christmas we had with my son. He died a few years ago, he had Spina Bifida. But I remember all three kids together in front of the tree just laughing and having a good time together.
    Christine Moore

  42. Teryn Zech says:

    My favorite memory about this time of year is the both if my oldest child who was born right between Christmas and New Years. Every year for 22years I have had the best holidays ever!

  43. Carin W says:

    I think my favorite memory from Christmas has to be the year I went into labor with my youngest son Christmas night. Carin
    mawmom at gmail.com

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