Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Home for Christmas... and a wee gift card giveaway

Home for Christmas… what thoughts does that inspire for you? Lee Tobin McClain here, thinking about the upcoming holiday season and what it means to be at home for Christmas.

I’m a little jealous of people who actually go home for Christmas. It has been many years since I’ve had one particular home place to go for the holidays, but I imagine an old-fashioned house, like the one pictured on the cover of my Sacred Bond series' prequel novella:

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My own personal Christmas theme is more like “away for Christmas.” For years, my family travelled to Florida at Christmastime to visit my mother (I know, cry me a river here—that was so rough!). After she passed on and my husband left, my daughter and I started heading for Ohio to visit my sister’s family during holidays. Since her husband is a pastor, he has to be “home for Christmas,” which means that my daughter and I are always away. It also means that the “home” we go to, my sister’s, has changed with some regularity, since Methodist pastors move around a lot.

Even though I don’t have the traditional “home” for Christmas, I recognize that I’m  really lucky to have family to be with. Being surrounded by people you care about is what makes any holiday special, much more than the physical place where you’re celebrating.

This year, my prequel novella, A Christmas Bond, is part of a Christmas anthology called “Home for Christmas.” It's all about a ragtag group of boys, a lonely veteran, an even lonelier single career woman, and
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her wise grandma. Nobody is really home for Christmas and nobody’s really content, except Grandma. So when the baby Jesus is stolen from Grandma's yard nativity, everyone has to work together to find the culprit, and love, a lot closer to home than they ever expected.

So sure, you can buy the novella alone for 99 cents by clicking on the link above. But why would you when you can get it, plus six other wonderful Christmas stories, for the same price?

Thanks for reading! What does going home for Christmas mean to you? Comment for the chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card that will help you get started with some of the amazing Christmas sets that are available already this year. And stop by my website to sign up for my newsletter, grab a free Sacred Bond story, and find out about new releases and giveaways. I'd love to stay in touch!


Amy C said...

Being home for Christmas to me means is being surrounding by my family. No matter where we are, just as long as we are together.
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jcp said...

going home means happy chaos!

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Anonymous said...

I would love to win this one every bit helps out.

Jill Weatherholt said...

I know what you mean about Methodist minister's moving around a lot. My grandfather was a minister,growing up, my mother was always in a different town.
For me, home for Christmas is wherever my family is. I'm loving all of these Christmas box set novellas that are coming out!

Terrill R. said...

The longer I am married and the older my children get, "going home" means staying home - The home I share with my husband and teenage children. The mad rush of getting to a few different homes over the course of a couple of days is exhausting. It's fun to see everyone, but I prefer to space it out over the month vs. cramming it all in a short window. The perfect Christmas is going to the Christmas eve service at church, spending the rest of the evening at home enjoying family time, and then waking up on Christmas morning to a yummy breakfast and gifts. What we do with the rest of our day is up to us, but usually enjoyable. - tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jennifer said...

Just being home with my husband and my boys is enough for me for Christmas and I'm always so grateful for any time my family is together. Prayers and hugs!

joye said...

Going home fopr christmas means I would see snow, visit with family and friends and enjoy the season. I live in Arizona, so Christmas to me means snow on the ground and participating in the activities of a snow season. I grew up on the slopes skiing and going sledding.

Library Lady said...

Wouldn't we all like to "go home" for Christmas when our loved ones were alive and well?
Janet E.

Jackie Smith said...

DH and I have not been able to travel the past 3 Christmases, but our DD/family always come here....what fun!!!!
Would like to win the card.....and buy some Christmas stories!!

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Kai said...

As I have gotten older, there is hardly anytime to spend with family. All of my family has moved further and further away and life just gotten busier with deadlines. The Holidays is just the only time when we could get together.