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Friday, November 1, 2013

It's that time again...

Welcome to Romance Books 4 Us everyone. I'm your tour guide for the day, Nicole Morgan and as some of you may have noticed I drop by with a new post on the first of every month and either ramble like a fool or amaze you with my intellect. LOL. Okay, yes that last one was a stretch, but...I've got you smiling now, don't I? Now that you're good and loosened up, go ahead and kick your shoes off, sit back, relax and enjoy!
It's that time again... 
What am I talking about, you ask? Christmas! That's right. Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and then it's that one holiday which is sure to make everyone go just a wee bit crazy. If it's not the baking, the cooking, the shopping or the wrapping there are countless other chores that we fill our to-do lists with in order to keep up with the demand of giving our families the perfect Christmas. For those who don't celebrate Christmas there are other holidays, such as Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. Regardless of your faith or what you practice and celebrate we usually have pretty tall orders to fill. 

But, what if it wasn't like that? What if we went back to a time when it wasn't about money or getting the best bargain? 

Remember that feeling when your heart warmed not because of the expensive latte, but because of the people you were with. 

I try not to consider myself old, but in these days where everyone is trying to keep up with the Joneses I can't help but wonder if maybe I am. Maybe I've finally become that woman who grumbles about having to walk uphill in the snow both ways with no shoes. LOL. Well, I did walk in the snow. That part is at least true. 

Looking back over my Christmases I can recall a gift that filled me with more happiness than any of those big ticket items. It was a paper and macaroni ornament painted gold. It had a red string tied haphazardly at the top and was given to me in a crooked and mangled piece of wrapping paper which had more tape on it than necessary. I still have that ornament today and it still brings a smile to my face every time I see it. 

What about all of you? What was your special gift that cost little or nothing, but meant more than all the money in the world? 

Nicole Morgan is an author of erotic romance novels, which more often than not have a suspenseful back story. Erotic romance mixed with good old-fashioned whodunit. While she's written everything from contemporary to paranormal her leading men will more than likely be wearing a uniform of some kind. From military to police officers, she has a love for writing about those who protect and serve. From her very first novel (which turned into a four book series) about Navy SEALs to her more recent releases you will be sure to find a few twists and turns you were not expecting.

She also has a recurring monthly column in Book & Trailer Showcase's eMagazine, and is a proud member of the Romance Books 4 Us Gold Authors. 

Find out more about Nicole and her books by visiting her websiteblogGoogle + PageTwitterFacebook and her Yahoo Group, Nicole’s Think Tank.

Until next month my lovies ~ Nicole 


Tina Donahue said...

Great post. I remember being in grade school and saving up my allowance so I could buy my BFF the Barbie stuff she wanted for her doll. She did the same thing for me. It wasn't the doll clothes that were so great, it was knowing that we really loved each other and wanted to make each other happy. Good times. :)

Polly McCrillis said...

Ornaments my two children made in elementary school are my favorite gifts. I have a separate box just for them and though 20+ years have passed since they began bringing them home, I still hang everyone. Nothing touches me more at Christmas than those gifts. The joy of the season is in that star coated with glitter, school pictures framed with sticks, the clothespin reindeer and fingerprint snowmen. Love them!

Cara Marsi said...

I, too, have ornaments my son made, and I treasure them. Also, I have a glass ornament from the first Christmas my husband and spent together. We bought two ornaments, beautiful baubles made in Germany, but one broke a few years ago, to my despair. I really treasure the one that's left.

Paris said...

Loved the post! Over the years my favorite presents have been the ones my children made in school. It would be hard to choose a favorite but my oldest made a glazed clay cookie stamp that will be decorating many of my cookies this Christmas:)

Melissa Keir said...

The gifts from my children are always the ones that meant the most. I also have an ornament from my mom to each of my children when they were born. Those are truly special because my mom gave them to the kids and she didn't get to live to see them grow up.

Sandy said...

Sorry to be so late, Nicole. We have been working on car and house insurance today, and there hasn't been much time for anything else.

I love your post, and I thought of when I was a preteen. Every Christmas, I could depend on getting one book from my aunt and uncle. It would either be a Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew or a Hardy boys book. I looked forward to that book more than anything else.

Rose Anderson said...

Great post. I make most of our gifts and the ones my family makes for me in return our my favorite treasures. Those are the best.

Nicole Morgan said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by! I loved reading about all your special gifts, both given and received! :)

Suzanne Rock said...

Every year the kids make gifts for the parents at school. These are always my favorite because they work so hard on them and they're so excited to give them. :) We keep them on the fireplace mantel, but we'll soon need to find a new home for them...there isn't much shelf space left! lol.

Great post!

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