Kids Books Holiday Blog Hop

Photobucket Hello everyone, Paul R. Hewlett here! I am very excited today! Being the author of children’s books I have searched, sometimes far and wide, for children’s book blog hops. I am thrilled to be involved in a children’s book blog hop, started by Deanna Lynn Sletten, author of Outlaw Heroes. Thanks to you Deanna for such a great idea. Sher and I are more than happy to be a part of it.  I’m also thrilled to announce that children’s author Julia Dweck has decided to jump on too! Julia is kindly giving away a copy of her BRAND NEW release Caarina the Cooking Fairy
and a choice of 1 of other book in her Amazon collection. I want to remind everyone to check out The Christmas Books Giveaway Hop, the Book Lover’s Holiday Giveaway Hop & The Before Happily Ever After Blog Tour, all going on right now. Also make sure to enter award-winning author Crystal Marcos’s giveaway for a Kindle Fire (or $150 Amazon gift card) and more!Also if you missed it, I am on The Loopy Librarian today on my blog tour. For a full list of tour dates click here.


I’m excited to be a part of this hop! I will be giving away a paperback copy of Lionel’s Christmas Adventure (Filled with great Christmas imagery, this book is perfect for young readers and school or family story time) to a US/Canada resident, and a choice of any of my three ebooks to one lucky international winner. Julia is kindly giving away a copy of her BRAND NEW release Caarina the Cooking Fairy! This is so great! This clever fantasy adventure, sprinkled with word play and more than a dash of fabulous fairy fun for all will delight and amaze you and best of all you can get it her first!  Since this is a Holiday Hop, I’d like to share a family tradition of mine that we did every year when my brothers and I were growing up.

We have a very small family and they are very spread out. So anything we did, it was generally just the five of us, my parents, my two older brothers, and me. Occasionally Grandparents visited for Christmas, but this was the exception, not the rule.

 My mother felt very strongly about keeping the meaning of Christmas at the forefront of our holiday. Our tradition took place on Christmas Eve. Every Christmas Eve we would gather together around the tree, turn off all the lights (except on the tree), light candles and read Bible verses. My mother picked out the verses that she felt best highlighted the meaning of Christmas. They all had to do with Joseph, Mary, and the birth of Jesus. Each family member took their turn reading a verse.

We concluded this tradition by singing Christmas songs, again, ones that highlighted the spirit of Chirstmas. Songs such as Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and so on. At the conclusion of the singing, we would make a plate of cookies for Santa and be shuffled off to bed for a long night of tossing and turning in anticipation of Santa Claus coming.

Sadly, as my brothers and I have gotten older, had our own families, and spread farther out, this tradition has died away. We are lucky to be able to all get together for Christmas (something that hasn’t happened in years) let alone for this Christmas Eve tradition. Yet, with all things, it never really dies if its memory is kept alive. In this case, it really is kept alive as my Grandma (she’s 94 now) loves to break out the audio tapes of the Christmas Eve activities that she was at and recorded on a handheld recorder. Also, in this case, the memory is much better than the actual recording. I’m sure we were better singers than that.


Thanks s much for joining Julia, Sher, and me in participating in this wonderful Kids Books Holiday Blog Hop. I enjoyed telling and reliving this family tradition. I hope it sparked some enjoyable memories for you. Make sure to enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win Julia’s or my books. Be sure to check out all the other great blogs on the linky. It is a wonderful opportunity to enter to win some fantastic books for the children in your life. What could be a better gift than the gift of reading to a child this Christmas? Oh, and be sure to leave us a comment telling us your family holiday traditions.

As part of the Kid’s Books Holiday Blog Hop we are giving away a $30 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner. To enter, just leave a comment on this blog along with your email address and you will be in the running to win. You can enter on all of the blogs – that will give you multiple chances to win!
The Giveaway starts 12/7/12 and ends 12/10/12 at midnight. I will notify the winner on 12/11/12 after noon. Good luck!

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  1. We don’t really have any Christmas traditions. My mother in law lives with us, and due to her religion, we don’t celebrate publicly. We do have a small tree hidden in our bedroom, and we’re giving each other small gifts.

    • My sympathy. It’s tough not being able to worship in public. I worried when my hubby got an assignment to the middle east, but it got cancelled. And being Mormon in the military, I was accused of not being Christian many times. Now I point out the full name of our church, The Church or Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Just remember the most important aspect of Christmas is giving Christlike service and the gift of your time spent with loved ones. You don’t need a tree for those. Thanks for visiting and sharing!

  2. Living in a family of artists, we’ve always made ornaments to give to one another, so every year while decorating the tree we can remember what “phase” of art each person was going through. Fun memories!

    • That sounds awesome! I have lots of handmade ornaments from my sons, but they didn’t continue artwork past elementary school projects, with a few from Cub Scouts too. I think the cats enjoy our ornaments most of all. Maybe I should make some catnip filled decoys, LOL!

  3. I have three children: 11, 8, & 6. Christmas is always fun around my house. From Thanksgiving to Christmas Day we watch holiday movies! My children love putting up the Christmas Tree. On Christmas Eve we go to Mass and then celebrate with family.

    Happy Holidays!
    Julie K

    • Thanks, Julie, I hope you appreciate the fun while they’re young. Too soon they grow and leave home and can’t always come back during the holidays. Decorating the tree used to be a big thing at our house too. Our service is on Sunday, so we opened one present on Christmas eve, usually pajamas. My hubby and I did (still do) something my family didn’t, reading from the scriptures. I hope you have a joyous Christmas season.

  4. I too miss the days my family would get together for Hanukkah. We used to have a big Hanukkah party everywhere with my grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins. The three of them, my sister, and I would then have a slumber party on the floor, spread out in our sleeping bags. The next morning, we would play a game to choose our breakfast from the little cereal boxes Grandpa bought for us. Such wonderful memories! Thanks for sparking them for me.


  5. That sounds fun! Maybe you can restart the sleeping bag tradition with your own children. My children loved my homemade eggnog for our New Year’s Eve Party. Then I slept on the couch (It’s softer, LOL) while the kids slept under the tree in their sleeping bags. Watching the lights twinkle in the dark as we drifted off to sleep was awesome. But it took a while with people still setting off fireworks in the neighborhood. We took down the tree on New Year’s Day.

  6. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is baking cookies with the kids! By the end of the day, flour is scattered from one end of the house to the other, but that is ok!!!

    • Ha, ha, I remember those times. Not always cookies though. I have a never-fail pastry recipe for pie crust that made some pretty big messes and still didn’t get tough no matter how many times it got rerolled. The leftovers went into cinnamon sugar crustos. Now I’m hungry. Thanks for sharing!

  7. One of my favourite traditions is baking christmas cookies with my daughter, as my mom did with me, when I was younger.

    • Good for you. I envy you that experience. Cooking with 4 boys always seemed to lack a certain something. But one is now a Sushi Chef, so I guess I did something right. Happy Holidays!

  8. We celebrate like many others – decorating the tree and baking some delicious goods (that’s on me), of course giving gifts..

    • Thanks, Karina, decorating the tree, baking, and giving gifts do seem to be the most common traditions. I don’t know of anyone who would do those if not for loved ones. It’s giving of self for others that makes the tradition special. Thanks for visiting!

  9. just the standard decoate, exchange gifts, holiday dinner – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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