I admit it. I go a little over-the-top around the holidays. But it’s okay, because I think it’s hereditary. My grandmother loved to bake, decorate, host parties, and cook feasts. Especially around Christmas.
I was the type of kid who wanted to stay up through the night Christmas Eve because I couldn’t wait for it to be Christmas morning. I usually fell asleep around three in the morning or so. I know…my poor parents. My grandmother hosted her party on Christmas Eve, and I remember one year when we stayed late. The clock hit midnight and I jumped from my chair and proclaimed it Christmas Day. The adults glanced at me—whiskey sours in hand—and told me New Year’s was celebrated at midnight, but not Christmas. What? That seemed very backward to me. Christmas was the big deal. Who cared about the New Year?
Some of my fondest Christmas memories involve my grandmother, who passed away many years ago. To this day, her favorite Christmas song, “Oh Holy Night,” brings tears to my eyes the first time I hear it every December. But her love of Christmas festivities lives on through me. I blast the station that plays non-stop Christmas music, bake dozens of cookies, and host both sides of the family for parties. Her recipes still grace our table to this day, and I hope to pass along her traditions to the next generation.
Memories of my grandmother play a huge role in my writing, too. Here’s a blurb of my December release, Love Delivered, which releases today from The Wild Rose Press.
Born and raised in Centreville, MD, Pete Schaeffer loves his small town mail carrier job and can’t imagine leaving for any reason—or anyone—so he's dumbfounded by his intense attraction to Bianca, a woman with a fast-paced life in the big city.
Pete and Bianca soon find themselves lost in each other’s arms. When the summer ends, they will have big decisions to make. Will the small-town guy and big-city girl find common ground and lasting love, or will their differences drive them apart?
Grandparents play a special role in a child’s life. Do you have any stories to share about your holiday memories with your grandparents? I’d love to hear them.
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About the Author:Joya Fields has had over 100 stories and articles published in local and national magazines and her debut novel, BENEATH THE SURFACE, a romantic suspense, will release January, 2012 from The Wild Rose Press. Her first novella, LOVE DELIVERED, a contemporary romance, releases December 21, 2011.
Over the years, Joya has taught arts and crafts, worked in public relations, owned a daycare center, helped her children raise prize-winning 4-H livestock, competed in three marathons, and even spent a year as a Baltimore Colts cheerleader. Joya loves spending time with her high school sweetheart/husband of over twenty years, two very supportive children, and a pug who follows her everywhere. www.joyafields.com