Monday, November 29, 2010


I sincerely apologize, my lovelies, for the delay in posting this review linky! Thank you to Birdie for reminding me.  Please post your review in the linky, linking back to your review post on your blog (or on Goodreads or wherever you posted your review).  Leave your name and/or blog name and name of the book.  Example:  Michelle/TrueBookAddict-Call Me Mrs. Miracle

I hope everyone is enjoying the challenge.  From what I've heard from several participants, it has got off to a great start!

Reminder:  please be sure to stop by occasionally and check out my posts for the Sharing the Joy event here.  I already have a fun Christmas craft posted and a short story guest post by author Robert Parry.  Also, stay tuned for the Christmas Book Extravaganza giveaway!

Happy Holiday Reading!

Saturday, November 27, 2010


I have a special treat for you today! I'd like to thank Robert for sharing this story with us.

Short Story for The Christmas Spirit Event
by Robert Parry

It had been a bad day at the office for David – so many people not pulling their
weight. And then there had been that Holy Joe of a sales rep‘ in the coffee break who
was always going on about Jesus and the real meaning of Christmas. David could
have done without that today. And he had a headache.
The elevator took an age to come, but eventually opened up to reveal that his
only fellow occupant was going to be a Santa from the grotto in the department store
below. Encountering the big man in his bright scarlet suit and long white beard didn’t
help David’s mood a whole lot because it reminded him that he still hadn’t bought a
single Christmas present – not for anybody – and only a week to go!
He pressed the ground floor button and the doors closed.
‘Have you bought that lady-wife of yours her Christmas present yet?’ Santa
suddenly asked, as if reading his mind.
‘I beg your pardon!’ David responded, stunned for a moment at the other man’s
‘She deserves something special, y’know,’ the old fellow added with a twinkle in
his eye as he placed his sack of presents down in the corner of the elevator.
‘Yes ... that’s right. She does. But what’s that to you, if you don’t mind my
They seemed to be taking forever to reach the ground floor.
‘Oh, it’s just that I always like to see everyone fulfilled and happy at this time of
the year,’ Santa replied. ‘That’s my job, after all.’
‘Your job – what do you mean? Listen, I’ve had a hard day. Right now, the last
thing I need is some fake Santa trying to sell me something. Just forget it, OK?’
But the old fellow – for David could see now that he really was quite elderly and
frail - merely shook his head at this, and looked surprisingly sad. ‘Oh no, young man,’
he said, I’m afraid you’re mistaken. I’m not just some fake Santa, as you put it. I am
not trying to sell you anything, either. No, no. I really am Father Christmas. The real
David shook his head in despair and looked away. He had thought that things
couldn’t get much worse this afternoon, but apparently they were about to do just that.
The elevator was stuck - that was obvious now - and he was stuck too: with a madman
in a Santa outfit.
‘You don’t believe me, do you?’ the old fellow said, not angry, just sounding a
little disappointed as he gazed rather sadly into David’s eyes. ‘Don’t leave it too late
– that’s what I mean. There’s that sweet little Emily of yours, and young Sam, too.
Oh don’t look so surprised. I know the children’s names – of course I do! I know
everyone’s name. The real Santa doesn’t need to ask.’
David understood now. This had to be some kind of set-up – someone playing
an elaborate joke. He reached over the old fellows shoulder and pressed the elevator
buttons a few times, but nothing happened. The whole thing had drawn to a standstill.
‘Tell me, David,’ the old fellow began again. ‘You don’t mind if I call you
David, do you? Can you remember when you were small? What did you do round
about this time of the year. Didn’t you go visit Santa?’
‘My father took me to a grotto in a department store, if that’s what you mean,’
David replied, loosening his tie and feeling rather hot and uncomfortable. ‘But even
then I knew that the guy handing out the presents was a fake. There were dozens of
them walking about all over town. I found out real soon that Santa didn’t exist. I was
a smart kid.’
‘Oh yes ... very smart!’ the old fellow chuckled quietly, as if to himself. ‘Well, I
promise not to take it personally, don’t worry. I mean, it does hurt sometimes, when
people imply that I don’t exist. But one gets used to it. Anyway, listen, your Dad
took you to see Santa, you say - just like your grandfather probably took his son, your
father, to see one, too. Am I right?’
‘Sure ... so what?’
‘And your dear grandfather – is he still alive?’
David shook his head.
‘Oh, I’m sorry, David,’ the old fellow continued. ‘I seem to have been ungracious
enough to have outlived him. You see, I have been around for rather a long time –
and they’ve given me all sorts of different names, too, of course. I was named Saint
Nicholas as far back as the 4th century, you know. And then I was called Niklaus
in medieval Europe. I still go by the name of Sinterklaas in the Netherlands, and
Christkindl in Austria and Switzerland. And the dear English still insist on calling
me Father Christmas, bless them – but it’s all the same to me. Generations of folks
have celebrated my existence in one form or another – including your good father and
grandfather, of course. They have thought of me, dressed up as me, made paintings
and statues of me, prayed to me, put pictures of me on Christmas cards and bill
boards. They have hung up stockings on bed posts and written notes to me and sent
them to the north pole. They have all come and gone over the centuries, lived and
died, those dear people - but I’m still here. Even you will probably be thinking of me,
David. You will be putting on a Santa outfit on Christmas Eve and handing out the
presents to everyone at home. I have survived you all, and will continue to do so! I am
an idea, young man. And ideas ... why, they are eternal. And very real, of course, as a
consequence. Oh look, I think we’ve arrived!
And indeed, at just that moment the doors sprang open. Lots of people were
waiting outside in the foyer, and David and the man in the red suit had to squeeze
their way past to escape - with David hurrying to put as much distance between
himself and the other man as possible.
‘Oh by the way, the old fellow called out as he went on his way, his sack of
presents slung over his shoulder, ‘don’t be too hard on that Holy Joe of a sales rep’ in
the office, either. He might just have the right idea, too.’

Robert Parry is the author of Virgin and the Crab: Sketches, Fables and Mysteries from the early life of John Dee and Elizabeth Tudor

Connect with Robert at the following sites:

Blog: Endymion at Night

Friday, November 26, 2010


I apologize for the lateness of this Rudolph Day post.  Thanksgiving was a busy day for us and then Mom and I did a little shopping.  In just a little while, we are going to Walmart to get in early on the Black Friday deals...crazy, aren't we?! Anyway, I found this really cool craft video over at Kaboose and I wanted to share it with you.  Time to get an early start on those Christmas crafts!


(Note:  Be sure to pause the music player at the bottom of the blog to hear the video)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


The Sharing the Joy event starts tomorrow on Rudolph Day (and Thanksgiving day this year), November 25, 2010.  I'm already hosting The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge (click to sign up), which starts Friday. I will also be holding a Christmas Book Extravaganza giveaway! And I'm adding to the mix a myriad of fun, which will include book reviews, music reviews, movie reviews, Christmas poems and literature, cooking, crafts, and guest posts (I hope)...and much, much more! I would like to invite my readers to contribute a guest post this season! Your post can be about anything Christmas related...a favorite Christmas memory, a book (movie or music) review, a favorite recipe, craft, etc., etc. Anything goes, as long as it's Christmas related! If you are interested in contributing a guest post, please email me at truebookaddictATgmailDOTcom. I hope you will consider joining me for the festivities!

The Sharing the Joy event will run from November 25 through January 6 (Twelfth Night or Epiphany).

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


It's that time of year again (although it may be a little early for some) and I am announcing The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge.  I actually hosted a Christmas Reading Challenge last year through my book blog, but I changed the name this year and decided to host it over here.  I hope you will join me!

Now, on to the details and sign up:
  • challenge will run from Friday, November 26, 2010 (Black Friday) through January 6, 2010 (Twelfth Night or Epiphany).
  • cross overs with other challenges is totally permitted AND encouraged!
  • These must be Christmas novels, books about Christmas lore or a book of Christmas short stories (sorry, no children's books, but YA novels are okay).
  • visit this POST for a list of new Christmas books for 2010.  Also, Richard Paul Evans has a new book out this year, Promise Me.  His Christmas books are among my favorites during the Christmas season.
  • Levels:
            --Candy Cane:  read 1 book
            --Mistletoe:  read 2-4 books
            --Christmas Tree:  read 5 or 6 books (this is the fanatic level...LOL!)
  • Please sign up in the linky below.  On the day the challenge starts, I will post a linky for reviews.
  • Most of all, have fun!
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