Welcome to 2016’s extensive Winter Holiday Round Up. I’m so freaking excited for this event today. I’ve been planning it since before Halloween. I love all things winter holidays and can generally be found planning decorations and events far earlier than most. I listen to holiday music early and often. I just love the entire season from November 1 until January 31. Oddly though, I don’t like winter itself. Just all of the festivities and good cheer that come with all of the holidays in that time period. Now I get to bring that excitement to you guys in the biggest Round Up so far. It’s only the second one you say? Hush now! Don’t burst my Holly Jolly infused excitement.
This year I went slightly overboard with the Round Up. There are a total of 23 different book posts today with a variety of old, new, contemporary, fantasy, short stories, anthologies, and everything in between. I tried to bring stories from as many winter holidays as I could. There’s Christmas, Chanukah, New Years Eve, Kwanzaa, and more. This year the round up is heavier on Christmas and Chanukah than any other holidays. But I love how there’s more representation of other holidays each year I go looking for holiday stories.
I’m very excited to announce giveaways for the Round Up as well. Some of the individual book posts have their own giveaway. Be sure to check those out because free books are always a good thing. There’s also multiple giveaways at the end of this post. I hope everyone takes time to enter because there are fabulous prizes.
Growing up in a multi faith family, we celebrated Christmas though the secular version of it. It wasn’t until my late teens that I personally celebrated in any religious way but it was for myself only. We also have a large portion of the family that is Jewish so we celebrated with them on some of the nights. It was a wonderful way to grow up and understand truly how diverse everyone is. All of my family and friends celebrated with the same purpose for the season though. Spending time with loved ones, and spreading cheer and good will to everyone (no asterisks or caveats to that statement was ever allowed). That’s how I’ve tried to live my life and shape each holiday season I’ve had since those of my youth. It’s also how I try and model for my little one as a parent.
This is also my wish for everyone. I hope everyone gets to spend time with loved ones, family, friends, someone that makes you happy. I hope everyone is kind to others and gets kindness in return. And I hope, no matter what you celebrate, if anything at all, you work to have a happy and joyful season.
Read and enjoy!
Totally Entwined Group (Totally Bound and Pride Publishing are parts of the TEG) is giving away a huge prize pack. A Kindle, a selection of paperbacks from WHSmith and a eBook voucher worth $30! Hurry though because this contest ends Wednesday 21st December at 5pm GMT.
I will be giving away paperback copies of Of Love and Corn Dogs by Parker Williams, Mending Fences by Nya Rawlyns, and Craving by Stephanie Summers. Plus a swag pack of all kinds of different items from authors at multiple different conventions and book signings. To enter comment here with your favorite holiday tradition. This contest ends Saturday December 31 at 23:59 Eastern.
Thanks for the post! That is really cool that you grew celebrating the holidays in multiple ways. We have a lot of little traditions for the holidays. One of my favorites is the annual house/yard/tree trimming day, which we did last Saturday.
Thanks for the post and the giveaway! We don’t really have a lot of traditions, it’s more of a way to meet with family than a religious celebration. I’m not sure if it can be considered a tradition but I’m the one in charged of decorating the tree, I love to do it. And my brother is the one in charged of making strange cocktails for Christmas and New Year.
I also do not have many traditions, just favorite things to do and depending on who or where we spend the festivities. On Christmas Eve, I often go last minute shopping with my mother, enjoy a light lunch and eat hot roasted chestnuts. Happy Holidays and thank you ❤