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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Christmas Blog Tour with the Trans Canada Romance Writers

I LOVE Christmas, and I especially love reading Christmas stories.  Yes, I oooh and ahhh over the new Christmas romances that come out each year, but it’s the traditional ones (and some not so traditional) that I have found and kept over the years that I enjoy reading over and over and over again.

These are the ones put out and read at our house every year.

I’m still a kid at heart and love How the Grinch Stole Christmas with all the fun vocabulary.  The Night Before Christmas is like an extra big kiss and hug before bedtime every time I read it to my children.  Then when I want a good wintry tale, I open up the classic, A Christmas Carol.

One of my newer favorites was found on a family library night where everyone wore their pajamas and the librarian read A Creature Was Stirring.  This is an adorable take on the famous story from the point of view of a little boy.  So much fun with great illustrations.  I had planned to go to the bookstore the next day to buy a copy because we all enjoyed it so much, and then a Christmas miracle of sorts happened—we won the gift basket with all the books she had read to the families that night.  That was a Christmas treat I always remember and treasure while reading A Creature was Stirring year after year.  This book is a definite recommended read, and I’m sure it will soon become a family favorite in your house, too.

Do you have a favorite Christmas story?  Maybe one I haven’t heard of before and will be eager to try!

And if you do enjoy a Christmas romance, check out my Christmas in Noelle series including...

Oh Holly Night

Helping out in hope of reaping a veterinarian partnership, Dr. Holly Night winds up in her own version of a Christmas nightmare—Santa Claus, reindeer games, babies born in a stable. Raised in a family that didn't "do" Christmas—or family—she is unprepared for a town filled with an overwhelming holiday spirit. Add in a handsome mechanic who finds amusement in her obvious misery, and not only is her patience tested, but unexpectedly, her belief as well.

 Amusement isn't the only thing Rev Johnston feels for the pretty doctor or her situation; he's been the outsider before and knows how hard it can be. Having been abandoned one too many times before, he isn't about to let himself fall for someone who can't wait to get out of town.

 Can the magic of Christmas, with a little help from Santa Claus, heal these two hearts before it's too late?

Find it at The Wild Rose, and

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I am gifting a copy of Oh Holly Night to one lucky tour guest...just leave a comment with your favorite Christmas story. 
I will be picking a winner on Thursday December 10th at 4pm EST.

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Thanks so much for joining us on the Christmas Blog Tour today, and make sure you stop by everyone below!  Also, before you go, take a gander at my previous post to see some sketches and direction for the Writer Knapsack.

Trans Canada Romance Writers


  1. Good morning Stacy,
    One of my favorite stories is The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. Thank you for reminding me to read it during this season.
    Happy reading to you during this season.

  2. Great post, Stacy! I love reading Christmas romances this time of year, and any time of year. My list of favourites is so long, I don't know where to start :)

  3. I loved hearing about the stories you read to your children. Mine are teenagers now and I miss those nights when we cuddled up and read a good book. They were special times that are great to recall at Christmas.

  4. Very heartwarming post, and loved you got a basket of books, including the one for which you were looking. So nice you are keeping the spirit of some of these older tried and true stories alive.

  5. Thanks for stopping by everyone! Annette, I haven't read that one so will definitely be checking it out!