Thursday, December 21, 2017

Melissa Keir's Christmas Anthology

Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a movie reviewer with WHMI (a local radio station), owner of a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature happy endings and is often seen plotting her next story.
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Melissa’s Favorite Christmas Ornaments

With Christmas almost here, I assume most everyone has their tree up already. Luckily for me, my husband loves to put up the decorations and put up our tree the day after Thanksgiving. It doesn’t hurt that the tree is a fake one. We purchased it last year from a store which specializes in cabin décor. So our tree has a real wood trunk and small pinecones on the needles.

While the tree is new, the decorations aren’t. Both my husband and I have some ornaments from our childhoods which we love to put on our tree each year, as well as a few ornaments from our grandparents’ trees. The memories associated with the ornaments make the holiday even more special as we put them up. It’s like having our loved ones celebrating with us.

One such ornament is a colored glass ball with gold on it. This came from my husband’s grandmother’s tree. She had them on her Christmas tree each year but over the years, some of the bulbs broke and we are down to only three left. From my grandmother’s tree, I have a red bird. It has a long tail with glitter on it, not feathers. I can recall trying to pet the bird in her tree as a kid. Thankfully, the bird isn’t breakable but still we treat it like gold. Some of the ornaments survived more than children’s fingers. My husband’s elf survived a flood which cost his brothers their elves.

By far our favorite ornaments are the ones that the children made. The pompom snowmen and beaded candy canes. They remind us of a time when little hands sought to help us decorate the tree and stared with delight at the presents underneath.

Do you have a special ornament which you still put up each year? What is your favorite ornament and why?

Thank you for visiting and Merry Christmas.

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Santa for Christmas by Lisa Kumar
A sexy elf who hates everything about Christmas is forced to be Santa and must go into the seething heart of humanity—the abode of a beautiful single mother and her child in order to save them.

An EverAfter Christmas by K.S. Thomas
Sailor Belle is no stranger to adventure, so being stranded in a blizzard three days before her wedding, is not about to stop her from marrying the man of her dreams. But then, as the obstacles keep coming, she clings to her last hope - it’s the season for miracles, and she may need one to get her EverAfter Christmas.

Holiday Homecoming by Melissa Keir
Two broken hearts mend as love blossoms, but when danger comes calling, can the two loners learn to rely on each other or will they lose all they have found?

Mistletoe & Ashes by RaeAnne Hadley
Tiffany knew the threats of being a firefighter on the Hot Shots team. She embraced the heat and the danger, but she could have never predicted that her heart and her mind would be in peril. Could a Christmas miracle save her or would she end up as ashes?

Seduction at the Christmas Court by Jenna Jaxon
Lord and Lady Longford have journeyed to the Christmas Court of King Edward III to wait upon the king and take part in some Yuletide merriment. When Geoffrey is suddenly called to war, and rumors of his death arise, Alyse fends off an old suitor who wants to renew their friendship. But how long will he take “No” for an answer?

All I Want For Christmas by Deb Julienne
Who knew one little boy’s Christmas wish could change so many lives?

The Christmas Fantasy by D’Ann Lindun
Widower Christian Vega believes he’ll never find true love again, until an actress catches his eye. But she’s way out of this cowboy’s league. Hope Snowden swears to never date another out-of-work actor again. Then she falls for a cowboy-turned-stuntman. Is it love, or just a Christmas fantasy?  


  1. Thank you for letting me reflect on my favorite ornaments and this holiday time. :) I hope people will enjoy More Christmas Lovin'. It has a story in it for everyone.

  2. Merry Christmas Melissa, I love how you have special ornaments that has history. Sadly, I don't have any. Oh, I do have a picture of my three children when they were little that we did glue to a Christmas paper. I do put them on our family tree every year. You have me thinking that maybe I should give an ornament to each of my grandchildren that they could keep and pass down to their own children - hmm. Thanks for the post and thought.

    1. My former mother in law did that...She gave the children an ornament each year which talked about the year (baseball mitt for the year my son played baseball or a lighthouse for the year my daughter went to the ocean). They have those ornaments now and can begin their lives as adults with all those memories. :)

  3. I have my mom's little angel and she is out year round so I'll think of her. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you Vicki. Having those special items makes things so much better. :) Merry Christmas!

    2. I used to fix up a small fake tree, only my cat kept biting the chord and shocking herself. After the third purchase of new lights, I called it quits and instead decorated my bay window with pretty large reindeer that my sister made for me. I still do that.