On the Golden Gate Bridge I saw a couple of cars decorated with reindeers’ antlers and red noses.
Sorry I couldn’t take a good picture: too much rain that day.
Since I landed in California from my native France, I’ve made mine whatever surprised me back then.
Okay, I’m pretty sure that I will never get a pair of antlers and a red nose for my car, but Père Noël and Santa Claus are good friends in my home.
Both bring thoughtful gifts.
Yesterday I received an e-mail from one of my college daughters, asking the family to stay away from costly Christmas purchases and to focus instead on gifts Made From Scratch or gifts that have been created with passion.
E-mails like that make me feel so optimistic for our future. Our kids are great. Our kids are thoughtful.
In my Inbox there was also an update for a review on my Middle Grade Novel.
“This well-written book would make a great holiday gift for “tweens” and older,” wrote this reviewer.
And thank you if you read my book and wrote a review. It means the world to me. Really.
Although Thanksgiving is the day to express our thanks and gratitude, I think that the holiday season is also a perfect time to be thankful for the people who surround us and make us happy in so many different ways.
Through the gifts we choose for our family and friends, we really say I love you.
And so we want of course to offer the best to express this love.
People who know me well enough don’t search too much for me.
I could share with you a long list of terrific books that I have enjoyed in 2014. All would make perfect gifts. Most have been written by excellent writers that I admire a lot but don’t really need my recommendations.
On the other hand I know of a few good writers who are less renowned and yet deserve some attention.
Like me they published in 2014.
I like the fact that they live in three different continents.
Oh and they also blog beautifully, generously, relentlessly.
Little Mike is adorable with his spiky red hair and his unlimited imagination. Mike the Spike by Stella Tarakson is a fun and smart picture book delightfully illustrated just made for the early reader on your list.
The second book in the fantasy Network Series trilogy by Katie Cross is as wicked good as number one. Witchery with a twist for the teen fantasy fan on your list.
A second chance at love and life is offered to Katherine in Provence. Promises to Keep by Patricia Sands is a delightful read for any woman into anything French.
And because you deserve a treat, too, check Kimberly Sullivan’s blog for some of her published short stories about Italian women and expat women living in Italy.
There are just so many books to read and unfortunately too little time.
Remember, books are Made From Scratch and created with passion.