Friday, December 2, 2016

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Welcome back to my Holiday blog bash featuring all things Holiday and Harlequin. Today's guest post is from Karen Rose Smith entitled White Christmas.
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A WEDDING IN THE WORKS? 

We here at the Gazette are amazed to report that trust-fund cowboy Hudson Jones may soon be off the market. The boyish billionaire has been spending more time than ever with Bella Stockton, who manages his day-care center. It seems impossible that quiet, reserved Bella would have captured the fancy of such an alluring specimen of manhood. 

Bella finds it hard to believe herself, and she keeps pushing Hudson away. What are the odds the footloose cowboy will stick around once he finds out she can't have kids? Don't tell Bella, but our sources report Hudson has his heart set on a Christmas proposal. When he finds out the truth, will it still be a holiday to remember? 


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 WHITE CHRISTMAS by Karen Rose Smith

Just what do those words mean to you?

For me they invoke feelings...so many feelings. It's one of the reasons I like to put a bit of snow in my holiday romances.  In THE MAVERICK'S HOLIDAY SURPRISE, snow enhances searching for a Christmas tree and the winter ambiance of Montana. 

When I was in kindergarten, more eons ago than you probably remember, there was an evening social for parents and kids and teachers.  What stands out in my memory is one of the parents--a man who was as smooth a singer as Bing Crosby or Michael Buble--singing White Christmas. That was my first memory of the song, one that became a ballad to listen to every Christmas.


White Christmas also calls up childhood memories when I wished for snow on Christmas Eve.  Why?  Because that pristine white conveyed the message that something awesome was about to happen.  Family lived close and snow simply meant putting chains on the tires to get where we wanted to go.  Snow meant that maybe on Christmas Day after dinner,  together with my cousins, I could build a snowman.

Moving forward a bit, I wished for a little snow on Christmas Eve but not much because my parents wouldn't be able to drive to our house to watch our son open his presents or listen to him chatter about Santa eating the cookies he left out for St. Nick the night before.  White Christmas evokes recollections of Christmas concerts, carol sings and midnight Mass.


Now...  White Christmas means watching the movie at least once in the days leading up to the holiday, tearing up at those last scenes when the generals' men stand to acknowledge him, when the romances end the way they were meant to.  It means baking cookies and breads like my mom and grandma once baked. But the words 'white Christmas" also mean family having problems flying, delays, a possible postponement of holiday celebrations with friends who now drive farther than the next neighborhood.  Nevertheless, every year we adjust.  Skype is a practical possibility.


White Christmas will always mean something special to me...something magical...something inspiring that nothing else can match.

If you'd like to share your memories about white Christmases, feel free. And have a wonderful holiday.

All the best of the season,
Karen Rose Smith


USA Today Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith's 100th novel is a 2018 release. Her passion is caring for her four rescued cats...and other felines who stop by in winter. Her hobbies are gardening, cooking, watercolor painting and photography. An only child, Karen delved into books at an early age. Even though she escaped into story worlds, she had many cousins around her on weekends. Families are a strong theme in her novels in both her mysteries and romances. After writing romances for 20 years, she began writing women's fiction and cozy mysteries. She hopes to write novels in all of these genres for many years to come.


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44 comments:

  1. I loved snow as a child for all the same reasons but as an adult having to now drive in it, I always wish for snow in the mountains but not on the roads LOL!

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    1. Oh I totally agree with you Kindlemom, its one of the best things about being retired!

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  2. I loved the clean, pristine snow and the peace and quiet which was beautiful after a heavy snowfall. After living in a harsh winter climate for most of my life, it became difficult to walk and I decided to leave the cold and the snow.

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    1. oh traveler somewhere warm for winter sounds good to these old bones too!

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  3. White christmas means snow and cold to me!

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  4. I love when we have a white Christmas..it is a wee bit magical.

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    1. It is Kim and we don't have one very often!

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  5. It's not very often we will have snow in eastern NC during Christmas time, so it is really very special when we do.

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    1. Oh I bet, thanks for the visit Connie Lee

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  6. To me white Christmas means fresh snow covering. Bing Crosby singing.

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    1. Oh yes and watching Bing in White Christmas! Thanks for sharing Judy!

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  7. A snowy Christmas but I suppose it could also mean peaceful and/or joyous really depends on how you want to define white - it's usually associated with the good in the world

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  8. I like the snow on grassy areas but not the roads. I hate to drive in the snow. But the snow is so pretty covering the yard.

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    1. Oh I agree about hating to drive in winter weather. Thanks Trish!

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  9. I live in MN so I want/need a White Christmas but hate when the snow is still falling in April/May~!

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    1. No kidding Karen. I live in St Louis and when my daughter was born in April it snowed 6" that day ;-)

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  10. Christmas means family time and remembering the reason for the season.

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    1. for me too Amber, thanks for the comment!

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  11. When I lived in Ca it meant that in the U.S. there was a white chirstmas somewhere. Now that i live in Ia we usually are blessed with a White Christmas and it makes so much of a diff to celebrate when there is snow on the ground just like when Jesus was born. That is the whole reason for Christmas and the white is the adding of pure. Thank Karen and so glad to read your comments. ptclayton2@aol.com peggy clayton

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    1. I've always lived where there's at least the possibility of snow. Thanks for visiting pt

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  12. Home in Iowa! Live in Florida now so miss the white Christmas!

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    1. ah but its nice to wear flip flops to Christmas shop right Rhonda

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  13. I've lived in Minnesota and Alaska all of my life---so a white Christmas is just what it is supposed to be.

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    1. Wow Alaska that must have been an experience

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  14. White Christmas has always been something that means Christmas magic for me whether its the song or actual snow for Christmas.

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  15. Since I'm usually in Michigan a White Christmas means snow on Christmas. It's nice taking a walk when it's snowing on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

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    1. Christmas snow is magic snow Dianne, just ask Frosty ;-)

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  16. It means family being together and just enjoying being with each other in a warm cozy house

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    1. That sounds wonderful, thanks for sharing!

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  17. White Christmas means making snow angels and snowmen together followed by homemade hot chocolate and cookies. True family time.

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    1. Oh its been years since I made a snow angel, great comment!

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  18. White Christmas to me means memories, wishing, joy, laughter, hope, dreams, and cold/runny noses :-)

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    1. ha yes Michelle my mom brought a bug back from her vacation and she lovingly shared it with me, including a runny nose! LOL

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  19. That looks good! I think I have some of hers packed away. Goodness it'll be nice to have everything unpacked and back to normal here. lol I do hope we have a white Christmas this year. It is magical.

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    1. Magical yes but probably unlikely where you live. Thanks Anna!

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  20. White Christmas means waking up to beautiful snow covered trees and bushes and lawns, which them melt off the streets in time for church and family dinner.

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  21. It means waking up, seeing beautiful snow flakes coming down and being with family.

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    1. I'll take the being with family part James, but I can pass on the snow. Living rural means its slippery goings.

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  22. Tis the season for Peppermint Mocha for me. lol

    Have a great week ahead!

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    1. oh that sounds really good :) Thanks Braine

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