Looking a Little Like Christmas

It seems like forever since I’ve taken time to blog. In my own defense, it’s been a busy few months. Luckily, things are slowing down at work and I can start preparing for Christmas. Whew! A lot to do in a little time. I considered giving everyone on my Christmas list a copy of Cammie Takes Flight but they all have copies, and wouldn’t that have been easy? Speaking of Cammie, I made a discovery today while at The Inside Story in Greenwood. I picked up a copy of Best Books for Kids and Teens 2017  put out by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and found out that Cammie was on that list. It also had a red star, which I found out means, “titles of exceptional caliber.” That is why it was also included in their Holiday reading list 2017. I’ve got to say, that feels like quite an honour and I’m very excited for Cammie. But as excited as I am about this, I’ve got to get real about Christmas. Less than two weeks and I still haven’t finished my shopping.

Each year, I try not to stress out too much about it. Christmas will come and go, as it always does, and somehow I’ll be ready. I’m creeping through the shopping and sometime this weekend I’ll do some baking. The tree will one day be decorated, it will, it will. Maybe the elves will chip in.

What I cherish most about Christmas is having the kids and grandkids home. Seriously, that’s all the gift I need. And I don’t even want to say “all the gift” because it’s a wonderful gift as memories and moments are created. These are the things that last, the things that never get old and never break. And this year, if the stars line up just right, Santa will make it to my house in East Dalhousie. So as much as I might enjoy a white Christmas, I’ll be glad if the weather cooperated and Miss Charlotte can hang put her stocking under our tree.

I’m looking forward to all that awaits me in 2018. Lots of family time and, who knows, maybe 2018 will be the year I sign that million dollar book contract. Wish me luck on that, people!

What are your plans for Christmas this year?

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  1. Have a simply marvelous Christmas, Laura. My ten-year-old great-granddaughter will be getting a copy of Cammie Takes Flight for Christmas. (Isn´t Amazon great, I can order the book from here in Sain and they will deliver it to her place in Canada!) Enjoy those grandkids!
    Sending hugs and best wishes. xo


    • You’re right, Amazon is wonderful for that reason. I hope your great-granddaughter enjoys Cammie. And thanks so much for all your support. (Great-granddaughter? I can’t believe that!) I hope you have a wonderful Christmas in Spain. PS: I’m looking forward to introducing Charlotte to more of Amanda’s adventures. She says they’re “Really Good!”


  2. Margaret Tarr

     /  December 13, 2017

    Laura you and Brian and family have a wonderful Christmas .We had our Grand daughter and Great Grand daughter here for 4 days .She just wanted to see her Nanny and Grampy . we were happy to have them even for a short visit . All the best .XO


  3. I love Christmas for the unfettered time it gives me with my family. Enjoy your time with yours.


  4. Congratulations on the exceptional caliber of Cammie! (I WILL be reviewing it on my blog.)

    Christmas will be a little different for us this year as it’s during my week of daddy-care. Things have to be arranged and organized around his needs, but it will work out. Also, my kitchen is still undergoing a complete renovation which my husband is doing mostly on his own. It feels almost like camping sometimes. 🙂 Because my kitchen is now shared and stashed among several rooms of the house I can’t get to my decorations. But that won’t ruin anything. Family will still come over in the evening of Christmas day and then I’ll go back to Dad’s. It all comes together.
    I wish you and yours wonderful Christmas blessings and lots of fun together, Laura.


  5. Congrats on the CCBC star! I used to get that magazine in the mail, but don’t think I’ve seen that one. Glad you’re making headway and have some time to at least think about the holidays now. Shannon and Peter are driving, planning to pick up Liam at the airport on the 21st (so hope it doesn’t snow that day…), then Rachel arrives on the 26th, so we’re content. We must make plans to catch up in January. Hope Charlotte and Melanie can make it to East Dalhousie!


    • Thanks Jan! I just happened to pick up the mag yesterday and then apparently the holiday list was just posted as Nimbus was tweeting it. Sweet surprise! Everything depends upon the weather. I’m also hoping for good travelling weather on the 24th. Have a great holiday!



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