Christmas Traditions from Love Inspired Authors
At our three-generation house, we love the Christmas season because it reflects our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and we want it to last as long as possible. So, beginning on Thanksgiving Day weekend, we take the decorations out of storage and turn on Christmas music, and the fun begins. From scented candles to plug-in fragrances, from outdoor lights on the roof to a lit wreath on the front door, from apple spice cookies to pumpkin pie, from seven Nativity scenes (from porcelain to cloth) to Christmas-themed Corelle china, Christmas scents and scenery turn our house into our own private Christmas wonderland. Finally, our Boy Scout grandson brings home a freshly cut tree (the purchase benefits his troop), and the family decides what color scheme to decorate with. White lights? Red? Green? Multicolored? After the lights are strung, we get busy hanging the ornaments that reflect that color choice the best. When all is done, Granddad helps Granddaughter up on a ladder to place our beautiful porcelain Christmas angel on top of the tree. These decorations usually stay up until New Year’s Day, when the removal ritual begins and we carefully pack it all away.
—Louise M. Gouge, author of COWGIRL UNDER THE MISTLETOE
Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. It’s the one day of the year that I know without a doubt that I’ll see all of my immediate family, such as my parents, my brother and sister-in-law, and my niece and nephew. As a small family of four—my husband, me and our two children—we haven’t developed many traditions over the years. However, there is one thing that the four of us do every year on Christmas Day. After the big morning celebration and brunch/lunch with one of the families, we head to Waffle House for the next meal—usually dinner. Now, that may sound weird to a lot of people, but Waffle House is open 24/7 and we used to go there as a newly married couple, then as a financially struggling couple with young children. I’ll be honest, I’m not crazy about Waffle House food, but I go because it’s cheap and I don’t have to cook it! And it’s what we do on Christmas Day. And I’ll admit, if we have to miss a year, I’m disappointed! Praying for you to have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
—Lynette Eason, author of CLASSIFIED CHRISTMAS MISSION
Ever since our oldest daughter was born twenty-six years ago, it has been our tradition that the youngest family member, first our children and then our grandchildren, sets the angel on the top of the tree. We’ve been able to get some great shots of Daddy—now Grampy—holding the youngest up so he or she can reach the top of the tree with the angel, photos that show the family’s growth through the years. The angel tree topper is the last decoration we put up. It’s accompanied by a prayer of gratitude for the real gift of the season—the birth of our Lord. In my December release out now, Mistletoe Daddy, a very similar traditional event occurs—with a hilarious twist!
—Deb Kastner, author of MISTLETOE DADDY
What are some of your Christmas Traditions?
A Colorado Christmas Courtship
Deputy Grace Eberly can outshoot and outride most men in Esperanza, Colorado…but lassoing a husband is an impossible task. At least she has her good friend Reverend Micah Thomas to keep her company. When outlaws threaten their community, the two join forces to stop them, and Grace’s feelings for the reverend deepen. But she’s sure he’d never love a too-tall cowgirl in trousers and boots.
Micah believes that it’s time to find himself a wife—someone sweet and ladylike who can help him better serve the town. So why do none of the elegant young women of his acquaintance stir his heart like the feisty tomboy deputy? As they work to bring peace to the community, will Grace and Micah finally see that they make the perfect team?
Days before Christmas, CIA agent Amber Starke is on the run with her murdered best friend’s special-needs son. And they’re next on his criminal father’s hit list. Amber failed her undercover mission to bring down her friend’s husband for his crimes, but she won’t fail to protect her friend’s son. Now that the killer knows she’s not just a nanny but an agent, she must rely on her childhood crush, Deputy Lance Goode. The handsome lawman was burned in love by his first wife, who was killed while evading the law. But he’ll do everything he can to help Amber, except offer his heart. Unlocking the secrets in Amber’s autistic charge is the key to their survival, but with the killer on their trail, one mistake could cost them their lives.
Countdown to a Christmas Baby
After Vivian Grainger buys him at the town’s charity bachelor auction, Nick McKenna feels obligated to provide his carpentry skills. He’ll help the bubbly blonde construct her dream spa and beauty shop in time for Christmas—but the burly cowboy won’t be sticking around. When he realizes Vivian is pregnant, though, everything changes. Seeing the joy she brings to everyone around her despite the difficulties she’s overcome, it’s clear to Nick that Vivian—and her child—are what’s missing from his life. As they build her dream shop together, Nick will do his best to build a path to Vivian’s heart.