Happy December everyone! We're here to kick off the holiday season with a Christmas Blog Hop, hosted by the lovely R.J. Scott!
Everyone looks forward to something different during the holidays, and for most of us, it can be pretty stressful, though I imagine even more so for the folks who have kids. So I thought I would post a few things that help me relax during this time of in your face "buy me or your Christmas will suck!" advertisements, horrendous never-ending lines, and folks popping out of the woodwork at the most inopportune time to chat to you about your holiday plans.
One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is watch movies. They go a long way in bringing a smile to my face, and making sure I don't flip out in epic proportions. They also make things feel more Christmasy when the weather outside can barely even be considered 'chilly'.
There are a few films I love to watch every year, most of them comedies. As much as I absolutely love It's a Wonderful Life, it makes me cry, and the last thing I want is turn into a blubbering mess of wet tissues. So here are some of the movies guaranteed to brighten my day, and yes, Die Hard is a Christmas tradition. Yippee Ki-yay!
The holidays are the return of the red cups, and if you're a coffee addict like me, it means you get ridiculously excited. I mean look at it. The Peppermint Mocha. Oh. My. God. The Peppermint Mocha. Just holding one of these makes me all melty and happy. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, White Hot Chocolate, and the list goes on.
If I can't get out to a Starbucks then I make sure I'm stocked up on hot chocolate at home, especially mint hot chocolate as for me it's an absolute stable of wintry goodness.
Come on, after all the running around you've done, you deserve a treat.
If there's one thing you can count on is hundreds of recipes for all sorts of yummy treats, many of them so easy to follow, even I can do it! Soft, warm, chocolate chip cookies are my favorite. When I'm feeling lazy, I have Pillsbury croissants in my fridge, I pop some chocolate chips on them before rolling them up, and popping them in the oven. So good.
Nothing like reading a feel good romance to put a smile on your face. I've read some wonderful M/M Romances set over the holidays, and still have quite a few left from last year I never got a chance to read, plus all the new ones out this year.
And speaking of feel good Christmas romances, my prize for this blog hop is a free eBook copy of my shiny, brand-spanking new Christmas novella Mending Noel. Yep, I totally sideswiped Contemporary and went straight to elves at the North Pole!
** Rules: All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post. The winner will be chosen via Random.org and announced Monday, Dec 3rd! Contest ends Midnight Sunday, Dec 2nd Eastern time.
So what do you do to relax during the holiday season?
Here are the links to the rest of the folks participating! Happy hopping!