Today we have fellow Whovian Trish Doller to share her favorite Christmas tradition. Let's welcome her, yes?
When my kids were little (and still believed in Santa) we would go to midnight Mass together and then they would go to bed. Instead of wrapping their presents early, I would wait until Christmas eve after they were asleep and the house was quiet. I'd keep the Christmas tree lit and sometimes--softly--listen to music as I wrapped. Or, I'd just enjoy the solitude. After I finished wrapping, I'd creep upstairs to sleep for a handful of hours before going back down so I could see the kids' faces when they discovered their presents from Santa. They're too big for that now--my son is 22 and my daughter is 18--but it will always be my favorite Christmas tradition.
Huge thanks to Trish for taking the time to share that sweet tradition. Make sure you're following her on Twitter, liking her Facebook page, subscribing to her blog and adding all of her books on your GoodReads shelves.
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Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.