17th Day of Christmas~Margaret Daley

The Winner of Patricia’s prize is Mary K. Smith. Congratulations, Mary Now, on to Margaret’s Christmas memory.

A Special Christmas Moment

By Margaret Daley

1-Margaret Daley photo-jpgOne of the special Christmas moments I look back fondly on was the one where my parents had an open house every Christmas Eve. Friends and relatives (children included) visited, laughed, talked and ate at my home. My mother cooked for days and put out quite a feast for the guests. I especially loved her homemade eggnog.

I can still remember on those Christmas Eves a fire going in the fireplace, the Christmas tree, full of decorations, all lit up and snow falling outside (some years). Every holiday when we put up our tree I love putting those old ornaments from my childhood on my tree. In fact, my Christmas tree is full of memories from my childhood, my son’s and places and people I’ve known. Decorating our tree is a journey into the past for my husband and me.

flamingo ornamentSo when my cats tipped the Christmas tree over, I was not happy. When I walked into my living room and saw the mess, my mouth dropped open. I was totally surprised. I’m not sure which one was responsible, but boy were they curious about all the ornaments on the floor. I had to wait until my husband came home to right the tree. I was afraid to look at the ones that were broken–I thought most of them were. When we put it up, half of the ornaments were on the floor but surprisingly only three of them were broken. I couldn’t’ believe more weren’t broken. A lot of the old ones I had from my mother (over fifty years old) were glass ornaments. Not one of them broke.

So next year I’ll be able to put up my tree and remember all the people and places that the ornaments remind me of. That is a special time when I decorate the tree.

What is one of your favorite memories of Christmas? I would like to giveaway Her Holiday Hero for one of the people who shares a memory.

Blurb for Her Holiday Hero (Caring Canines Series) by Margaret Daley:

Her Holiday HeroThe Soldier’s Gift

The holidays are right around the corner, but Captain Jake Tanner is struggling to find Christmas cheer. Having survived a devastating attack overseas, he has emotional scars that run deep. When Jake meets beautiful widow Emma Langford, his heart is unprepared for the feelings she inspires.

Training service dogs has taught Emma to recognize those in need. She wants to show Jake that a four-legged companion is the best therapy, but she’s afraid that the closer she gets, the more her own wounds are revealed.

Together, Jake and Emma will discover it takes a different kind of bravery to open themselves to love—and to healing.

Caring Canines: Loving and loyal, these dogs mend hearts.



Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of eighty-six books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website at http://www.margaretdaley.com.

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Twitter: @margaretdaley

*To be eligible for Margaret’s book, you must leave a comment and live within the Continental United States. Winner will be selected using Random.org. The winner will be notified Dec 18 and posted on the sidebar as well.




12 responses to “17th Day of Christmas~Margaret Daley”

  1. My cats are loving our tree this year they have knocked it over at least 3 x (ssssh don’t tell my mom ) LOL . She only thinks they knocked it over once. They haven’t touched it though since the ornaments have been put on . My larger cat brutus is just dying to climb it again. We use a real tree so its not only tree but water that pours out to.

  2. One of my most cherished memories of Christmas is when we would get together with my mom’s side of the family at my grandmother’s house and sing Christmas songs and church hymns. We have many musically-inclined people on her side of the family, so it’s always a treat to listen to them sing and play various instruments. (Unfortunately, I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, so I don’t get to participate. LOL) Merry Christmas, Margaret!

  3. Wow! You were so lucky that so few ornaments were broken! We have a “new” cat… somebody dumped him off, but we love him to pieces now, so it worked out well for him. We haven’t put our tree up and I could see it getting interesting with Handsome around!

    P.S. So excited to see I won yesterday! I didn’t see an e-mail… I would love to know how I get my book! I love the giveaways– great idea– spread the Christmas spirit and share books!!!

  4. My husband put up a small tree just outside our living room window. Nothing on it but lights. We have enjoyed watching the birds land on it.

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