Romance Weekly: Holiday Stories

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This week, Romance Weekly is delving into the holiday season again. His week, we’re looking at holiday stories, thanks to Carrie Elks.

If you’re hopping along, you most likely came from Katie O’Connor’s site. Welcome!  http://katieoh.blogspot.com

The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry is my favorite Christmas story. The story, published in 1905, follows a young married couple, looking to buy the other a meaningful Christmas present.

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James and Della Dillingham live in a modest apartment and struggle to make ends meet. Their two most prized “possessions” include her beautiful long hair and his shiny gold watch, an heirloom owned by his father and grandfather.

Della cuts her hair and sells it to buy a platinum pocket watch fob chain for James. James sells the watch to afford expensive combs for her beautiful hair.

Although both are shocked at the loss of the precious possessions, they realize their love for each other is priceless.

I often try to build a “Gift of the Magi” scenario into my stories. Susan Scott Shelley and I wrote it into the “Flirting on Ice” book. The heroine Heather is willing to leave her family and the work she loves to help Zac keep his position on the hockey team her father owns. Zac, on the other hand, is willing to move from the team he is captain of to help Heather stay with her family and continue her life without being harassed by the press and zealous fans. Any person willing to give up that which most precious to them for someone they love is a keeper!

Continue on to Elizabeth Janette’s blog  http://elizabeth-janette.blogspot.com. She has a story to tell…

Romance Weekly: Favorite Holiday Song

This week Xio Axelrod of Romance Writers’ Weekly, wanted to know our favorite holiday songs.

Have you come from S. C. Mitchell’s blog at http://scmitchell.wordpress.com/? If not, go back to it. Not only will he reveal his favorite holiday song, but you can see the book he released this week,

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My favorite Christmas song is “I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day.” This moving song was written before the end of the Civil War by Henry W. Longfellow. A series of family tragedies inspired this sombre holiday carol. His wife Fanny died in the arms of her husband despite his frantic attempts to save her. Her death devastated him. The next year, his son died of a gunshot wound in battle. With his family in shambles, Christmas was not a happy time for him.

Deep emotions run through each verse, reminding me that Christmas can be a day of heartbreak and loneliness for some and peace and joy for others.

I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY

By Henry W. Longfellow, 1864.

 

I heard the bells on Christmas day

Their old familiar carols play,


And wild and sweet the words repeat


Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 

And thought how, as the day had come,


The belfries of all Christendom


Had rolled along the unbroken song


Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 

Till ringing, singing on its way


The world revolved from night to day,


A voice, a chime, a chant sublime


Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 

And in despair I bowed my head


“There is no peace on earth,” I said,


“For hate is strong and mocks the song


Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

 

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:


“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;


The wrong shall fail, the right prevail


With peace on earth, good will to men.”

 

Then from each black, accursed mouth


The cannon thundered in the South,


And with the sound the carols drowned


Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 

It was as if an earthquake rent


The hearth-stones of a continent,


And made forlorn, the households born


Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 

Head over to Carrie Elks’ page to see what song she chose. Probably more cheerful than mine!  http://carrieelks.com/blog/ And check the release she has coming out on Christmas Day!

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Romance Weekly: Holiday Cookie Swap

Today is a huge day for Romance Weekly. We not only are giving you all awesome cookie recipes, but on our FB page we’re having a huge Romance Weekly’s Stocking Stuffer Christmas Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/RomanceWritersWeekly with lots of giveaways all day long.

Did you come from Eden Ashe http://edenashe.com? If not, head back to find out what she’s cooking.

Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Prep time

60 mins

Cook time

10 mins

Total time

1 hour 10 mins

Serves: 10-12

 

Ingredients

▪   2.5 cups almond flour

▪   ⅓ cup ground flaxseed

▪   ½ teaspoon baking soda

▪   2 tablespoons ground ginger

▪   1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated

▪   1.5 teaspoons cinnamon

▪   ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

▪   ½ teaspoon ground cloves

▪   ½ teaspoon vanilla powder

▪   ¼ cup coconut oil, melted

▪   ¼ cup honey

▪   1 egg, lightly beaten

▪   Icing

Directions

  1. Combine almond flour, flax seed, baking soda, ground ginger, fresh ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla powder in a large mixing bowl and stir until blended
  2. Add coconut oil, honey and egg to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until well combined
  3. Roll mixture into a ball and wrap in cling film. Put in freezer for 30 minutes and then transfer to fridge for another 30 minutes
  4. Remove the dough from the cling film and place between two large pieces of baking paper. With a rolling pin roll the dough out to around 1/8” thick
  5. With a gingerbread cookie cutter, cut into shapes. The dough is delicate so it is best to remove the remaining dough from the outside of the cut out cookie and take a sharp knife or metal spatula under the cookie and carefully place on a tray lined with baking paper
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden. They should still be slightly soft when they come out of the oven
  7. Allow the cookies to completely cool
  8. Decorate with icing!

Hop on over to Jami Denise http://jamidenise.com/blog.