Welcome to a very special Festive Feature on my blog, where every day up until Christmas some of my favourite authors will be sharing what they love most about the festive season, including their favourite films, food, music, presents, memories, books…Plus much more!
I am so excited to welcome the fantastic Emma Davies to my blog today, who is yet another one of my favourite authors of 2014 and a writer who I am thrilled to have discovered. Over to you, Emma…
Best get the sprouts on, it’s not long you know ….
Of course this year will be The Best Christmas Ever! because if it’s not I will be letting Good Housekeeping, Country Living, and Homes and Gardens down, not to mention my family and indeed the nation. So no pressure then…
With this in mind I have booked the most gorgeous log cabin in remote Scotland. It’s decorated with red and gold folk art decorations, the floors are covered with thick fur rugs and there’s an open fire you could stand up in. There’ll be an eight foot tree hung with beautiful glass icicles and I’ve ordered a mountain of gourmet food. There’s pretty much guaranteed snow I’m told so we’ll go tobogganing on Christmas Eve….
Erm, hang on, hang on, who am I kidding? This is not the backdrop for a Christmas novel, this is real life, so actually what we’ll be doing is staying at home, just me, my husband, our three children, my mum, and Mum in law, and I absolutely LOVE IT!
I’m a real home bird and so for me Christmas is all about being at home and following all those lovely traditions that our family have built up over time. Its familiar, it’s comfortable, and I really wouldn’t want it any other way. So we always watch Miracle on 34th Street (we believe!) and Love Actually, I always make my cheese sables (posh cheese biscuits that are to die for), and brandy butter (although no one ever eats it) and we all agree the run up to Christmas is by far the best bit. I love buying presents for people, plotting and planning, and hopefully scoring a few surprises, decorating the tree with the kids, shrieking with laughter over Pictionary, and teasing my mum over how many times she can ask me if I’ve bought the turkey yet!
I’ll sneak in a few favourite reads of course; The Xmas factor by Annie Sanders and Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher and wonder which new ones will be waiting under the tree for me, and if it snows … yipedeedoodah, hats, coats, scarves, gloves and snowballs!!
Who needs a log cabin and a ton of perfection? Christmas is right here, at home.
A huge, Christmassy thank you to Emma. ♥
Emma Davies once applied for her dream job in the following manner;
‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well she’s now a forty something mother of three, and is working on the rest.
By day she’s a finance manager and looks at numbers a lot of the time, but by night she gets to use actual words and practices putting them together into sentences. Her twitter bio says she loves her family, her job, reading, writing, singing loudly in the car, and Pringles, so that must be true then.
Letting in Light is her debut novel, and she is currently working on her second.
You had me worried for a moment with that log cabin! Great post – hope you have fabulous Christmas and enjoy that pictionary!
Thank you Kathryn. I’m no artist that’s for sure, so Pictionary always has us in stitches. Hope your Christmas is filled with laughter too 🙂 x
All those magazine articles are designed to give women more of a guilt complex than we already have! Enjoy your own version of a perfect Christmas!
Thank you Angela, I will, and quite agree; Christmas doesn’t need to be manufactured, it’s the spirit of it that makes it special! Happy Christmas to you too 🙂 x