On the 9th day of #TCRXmas I have the pleasure to welcome lovely Julia Williams, the author of ‘Make A Christmas Wish’ to our blog. I want to thank Julia for visiting today and hope you all have her latest festive release added to your wishlist. And also, if you pop by to my twitter profile, you’ll find your chance to win a proof of ‘Make A Christmas Wish. The giveaway is open internationally and ends on 15th December. I will leave the tweet bellow, and all you have to do is follow me @ThisChickReads and RT the giveaway tweet. In case you’re impatient to read Julia’s book, you can grab the kindle now for just 99p!
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
Christmas has always been a special time for me. Growing up in a large family in North London it was always a time of great excitement. My mother believed in putting decorations up very late in the day (often on Christmas Eve), but for weeks beforehand she would be busy. I loved the tradition of helping stir the Christmas pudding and cake, and making that all important wish. My parents were often short of money but my mum was never short of ideas. So the Moffatt family Chrismas traditions included making our own Advent calendar by drawing the Nativity scene and overlaying it with a piece of paper in which we illustrated each square of the month, which we then took in turns to cut out to reveal the final picture. We never had a Christmas tree growing up. My mum would send us into the garden for twigs that we’d then paint white or spray silver, before decorating with baubles, tinsel and lametta. Our friends often mocked those funny little trees but I loved them.
Christmas would start on Christmas Eve, when my mum would make tons of sausage rolls by hand, to the backdrop of Carols at Kings. For years I longed to join my older siblings at Midnight Mass, but when I was little I was packed to bed with a plastic bag (no stockings for us!) and would awaken in the dark to that wonderful rustle of paper and the promise of treats. Doing the same for my own children has been just lovely, though I am not sure they appreciate the obligatory satsuma in their stockings as much as I did.
On Christmas morning we would come down to half sliced oranges sprinkled with sugar and boiled eggs for breakfast, before going to church. My favourite bit of Christmas has always been the carols, and to this day they bring a tear to my eye. Then we would sit down to dinner after my dad would have the obligatory stressing about carving the turkey and making sure the Christmas pudding was lit. And after that we would loll around watching The Wizard of Oz for the umpteenth time and scoffing our way through the box of Quality Streets we were always given.
Looking back at those magical childhood Christmases, the one thing that shines out of them was the joy and love my parents gave us. And which I think is the key to the festive season whatever your religious beliefs.
Because to me, Christmas is a time to be with your family and friends. It’s a time to be quiet and reflect on the year just gone, and take a break to give you strength for the year to come.
Since I’ve been married I’ve cooked Christmas lunch more often then not, so in our house it can be a stressful busy time. We’ve had our fair share of Christmases when everyone has been ill, and a couple of dramatic ones in which my mother in law was very poorly, followed by a really sad year in 2011 when she died two days before Christmas Day.
All of which has made me feel that it is important to celebrate this time of year with those we love. Sadly neither my husband or I have our parents with us any longer, but we do have our children, and other family to share this special time.
So my Christmas wish is very very simple. I just want to spend precious time with the people I love, and enjoy the sharing of presents, the eating of mince pies, and of course, the odd Christmas carol.
Make A Christmas Wish by Julia Williams
Published by Avon
Published on 1.10.2015
Genres: chick lit
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What’s your secret wish this Christmas?
*What will you wish for this Christmas?*
Last Christmas, when Livvy was knocked down in the supermarket car park she certainly wasn’t ready to actually be dead! For months now she’s floated on the edge of the afterlife, generally making a nuisance of herself.
And she’s not ready to go just yet! She’s furious about the new woman in her husband’s life and she’s worried about her beloved son who doesn’t seem to be adjusting to life without her at all.
This Christmas, Livvy is given one last magical chance to make everything right. Will she take the gift she’s been given to create the perfect family Christmas?
I’m giving away A PROOF OF MAKE A CHRISTMAS WISH on twitter. All you need to do is follow me on twitter & RT this tweet. It’s open internationally & closes on Tuesday (15th December) at 10pm UK time. Best of luck, all!
— This Chick Reads (@ThisChickReads) December 8, 2015