Monday, 10 December 2018

The Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan - Guest Post

Deck The Halls With Boughs of Holly
I love Christmas and by extension Christmas trees. I have been hankering after a real tree for years, but my children are still too small – pine needle choking hazard. So, this year, I’m hoping to purchase a new Christmas tree – mine has done its duty, but what to buy? For me, it has to be around six feet, green (a purple one would be odd, but I bet you it exists. I’ve seen some bizarre choices in recent years!) and bushy. You can’t beat the scent of a real tree, and yes it’s painful standing on pine needles and your vacuum cleaner will probably never recover but nothing says Christmas like a real tree.
My tastes in Christmas décor have changed over the past few years, and I still can’t decide whether to have tinsel or no tinsel, but every time I try to not have tinsel, it just doesn’t look right. Less is definitely more though! And my children, who are now three and five, love wrapping it around the tree.
I’ve moved away from the multi-coloured lights of my childhood to soft white. And isn’t it great you can put them on a timer now, or set them to intermittent or shuffle, just like we can do with music?
Since I had my own home and enough money, the one thing I’ve always done is collect Christmas ornaments, from all over the world. I have at least sixty special ones: from the US, Estonia, Russia, Japan and a couple of Swarovski ones I received as presents – yes, I have friends who know what a Christmas nut I am! One Christmas barn in Connecticut was particularly helpful at relieving me of my hard-earned cash and it was only September!
And more recently I’ve introduced the tradition of buying a new decoration for my children each year – at this rate I may need more than one tree!
I like to put our tree up on 1st December to really make the most of it. But as a young adult with a home of my own for the first time (some time ago!) I used to spend my birthday (16th December) putting up the tree then wrapping presents. It really helped me get into the spirit of the season.
Nothing says Christmas more than a beautifully decorated tree, with its lights twinkling and a bunch of presents underneath it. We tended to put gifts received in the run-up to Christmas under the tree until our daughter’s second Christmas when she started opening them all. Her curiosity hasn’t died down now at five, so those presents still get put away until Christmas morning!
How long a Christmas tree should stay up is always a point for debate. It seems that hardly anyone observes the tradition of 12 days before and 12 days after any more. Many already have their trees up in November. And on the flip side there are those who put it up on Christmas Eve. And shock horror, there are those who don’t put one up at all.
But there’s something heart-warming about passing house after house each December, with Christmas trees sitting in the windows, in all their glory, displaying their finery. If that doesn’t make you feel Christmassy and warm and fuzzy inside, I don’t know what will!
Merry Christmas!
The Christmas Spirit
Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.
Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.
Eighty- two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?
Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.
Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?
The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?
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Author Bio

Susan Buchanan lives in Scotland with her husband and their two children. She is the author of four novels: Return of the Christmas Spirit, The Christmas Spirit, The Dating Game, and Sign of the Times. She is currently working on books five and six: The Proposal and Just One Day. Susan is also a proof-reader, editor and translator, and when not working, writing, or caring for her two delightful cherubs, loves reading, the theatre, quiz shows and eating out – not necessarily in that order!
Social Media Links
Twitter – susan_buchanan
Blog – Sooz’s journal –

Thnk you so much to Susan for her guest post today and also to Rachel from Rachels Random Resources for inviting me to take part.


1 comment

  1. Thanks for featuring The Christmas Spirit on your blog today. Merry Christmas! Susan


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