Like Diane, I feel a bit torn about doing a holiday theme this week. But it isnâ€™t really too early to think about holiday gift-giving. Or about snagging a Christmas anthology for oneself for that matter. đź™‚
My goal every year is to lower stress, increase joy.
One way my family has de-stressed Christmas is by making a mutual agreement NOT to exchange presents with extended family members. When we get together Christmas morning at my parentsâ€™ house, these are the rules. Every adult gets something from his or her spouse; every child from his/her parents; the grandparents can do what they want for grandchildren (they would anyway).
Stillâ€¦ there are some things I want for Christmas, of which Iâ€™ve duly informed my personal Santa (he happens to be Jewish but does a great job in the role anyway).
This year, Iâ€™d love a copy of the 10th anniversary limited edition DVD of Pride & Prejudice, with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. As an alternate (I always have to give Santa choices) I would happily take a DVD of Persuasion, with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds.
The Research Nerd in me would like Life in Wellingtonâ€™s Army, by Antony Brett-James and/or Wellingtonâ€™s Rifles, by Mark Urban, among others. Sharpe videos are always a good idea, though Santa always wonders why I find them so intriguing. Santa does not share my passion for . . . um, history.
Iâ€™ve also informed Santa of the gaps in my collections of Laura Kinsale, Loretta Chase and Judith Ivory. Iâ€™m giving a copy of Julia Rossâ€™s latest release, Clandestine, to my best friend and asking for one myself (will pick it up after Christmas if need be). Iâ€™d also like to try something by Anne Stuart. I have met her at conferences and enjoyed her warmth and humor and itâ€™s positively a sin that I havenâ€™t read one of her books yet.
Gourmet coffee, chocolate, candles, and artsy earrings always work for me, too.
Now for my dream wish list item: a Pause Button to make everything stop for a while so I can catch up. On manuscripts, house projects, my TBR list. Maybe Iâ€™d even take some time to paint my toenailsâ€¦
So, for another chance at one of those 3 autographed copies of MISTLETOE KISSES, let us know any or all of the following:
What is your holiday shopping strategy? Any tips for stress reduction? Whatâ€™s on your wish list? Whatâ€™s your dream gift?
LADY DEARING’S MASQUERADE, RT Reviewers’ Choice, Best Regency Romance of 2005