Christmas is my favorite holiday of all, and a big part of that is the tree. Being a huge fan of old movies, one of my favorite trees is from The Bishop’s Wife, with Cary The Bishop's Wife treeGrant, Loretta Young, and David Niven.  If you’re not familiar with the movie, Cary Grant is an angel sent to help a bishop and his wife.  The scene in which Angel Cary decorates the tree is fabulous…and I wish I could do it just as easily!

I love the tinsel and garland, the lights, the ornaments.  Alas, with cats, tinsel is out of the question as they see TOYS!

But every time I decorate the tree, it’s like a trip down memory lane with each ornament I pull out of the boxes.  One year I made ornaments for each of my in-laws and us depicting our likes and interests.  I took a clear ornament that comes in halves and found miniatures that suited everyone.  I still have the ones I made for my husband and I.  I have ornaments that were my grandmother’s, as well as the ones she and my stepmother brought us back from England.  I even have some I painted back when my husband was stationed in Korea and we couldn’t be together for 16 months.

tree and presentsI’ve been collecting Santa Claus’ for years, and we’ve made it a habit when we go on vacation to pick one up to remind us of where we went each time.

Our tree (the same one for the past 26 years) has gone through many metamorphoses, from grand and elegant, to homespun and country, but my favorite is when I put all the ornaments and lights on the tree, and it becomes a history of our married life.

Now when I decorate for Christmas, it’s most important to me to bring out the Santa collection my dad and stepmother gave me over the years, and the Santa doll my mother made for me….all the treasures that for me mean Family.

Author Jeanne Hardt is my guest on this 6th day of Christmas.  Welcome, Jeanne, and Merry Christmas!

From the Ashes of Atlanta by Jeanne Hardt

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After losing his Atlanta home and family to the war, Confederate soldier, Jeb Carter, somehow wakes up in a Boston hospital. Alone, desperate, and with a badly broken leg, he pretends to be mute to save himself from those he hates—Yankees.

Gwen Abbott, a student at Boston Women’s Medical College, is elated when she’s allowed to study under the guidance of a prominent doctor at Massachusetts General. While forced into a courtship with a man she can scarcely tolerate, her thoughts are consumed with their mysterious new patient. If only he could talk.

Two strangers from different worlds, joined by fate. Perhaps love can speak without words and win a war without a single shot being fired.

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As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Jeanne donated an autographed paperback copy of Marked, paired with a $10 Starbucks card from Jessica Jefferson to the prize list. Click HERE for this and many more random drawings. To follow the celebration, find a new recipe, pick up a holiday decorating or shopping tip, click HERE.

About the Author

After moving to Tennessee in the early 1990’s, I have fallen in love with the South and its history. I moved here from Idaho with the intent of pursuing a career in music and acting, but in 2010 discovered my true love…Writing. I am now a member of Romance Writers of America and my local chapter, Music City Romance Writers. My hope and dream is to one day have a Jeanne Hardt novel in every home. I am a lover of happy endings, but my stories are by no means, “fluff.” Life has its ups and downs, and so do my books.