Each year, the older I get the less enthused I am about a Christmas tree. Sure, they’re gorgeous and can add such cheer to the holiday but big ones are a lot of work. And when you live alone with no young children and are pushing a deadline, I’d just as sooner downsize and go on.
Over the years, I’ve learned that Christmas isn’t about the size of the tree or the glittery ornaments anyway. The holiday is about the size of your heart.
A few weeks ago, I dragged out this scraggly little thirty inch mini-tree and hanged some western ornaments on it. I had quite a few small cowboy boots, hats and assorted items that created the look I was going for. After all, a western romance author needs a cowboy tree.
Then I had bought some little cowboy dogs one day when I was out and sat them around it like they’re guarding the tree. I call them Deputy Dogs because of their guns, holsters and cute sheriff’s badges.
I added a whimsical touch at the foot – a cowboy statue with his rifle pointed at the person about to mess with his Deputy Dogs and the tree. My pitiful attempt at some humor.
The only other thing I carefully unpacked was my beautiful angel. I bought her at least 20 years ago, maybe longer. But Christmas wouldn’t be the same without her. She’s been through a lot with me—the deaths of some family members and three big moves. She and I are getting a bit ragged but we’re still here and she continues to watch over me.
I have some exciting news—A new release on December 1st. FOREVER HIS TEXAS BRIDE is the thrilling conclusion of my popular Bachelors of Battle Creek series. This book features the half-breed brother Brett Liberty. The story’s message of tolerance and acceptance is as pertinent now as it was in 1879.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and remember why we celebrate. It’s not about the gifts, the trees or how much money we have. Christmas is what’s in our hearts and remembering that tiny babe that lay in a manger in Bethlehem one cold night so long ago.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
Linda Broday is New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of six full-length novels and seven short stories.
She resides in the Texas Panhandle on land the American Indian and Comancheros once roamed.
Linda loves scouring history books and the internet for little known details to add to her historical western romance stories.
She’s been accused, and quite unjustly she adds, of making herself a nuisance at museums and libraries.
Humble roots and the love of family have become focal points of each book she writes.
Watch for her Men of Legend series coming 2016!
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