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Monday, December 20, 2010

Jingle Bell Blog Fest:: Victoria Blisse

Click here and tell us one thoughtful gift Victoria remembers for a chance to win a  $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift certificate.

Christmas Spirit Warms the Heart

I don’t know about you but I love Christmas, I adore it. I do NOT like all the commercialism that goes with it though, that can take a running leap as far as I am concerned.  For me, as a Christian, the centre of Christmas is the birth of Jesus and nothing should detract from that. I think it’s kinda awesome that on the big JC’s birthday he’s happy to let us celebrate by giving each other gifts. How lovely is that?

And to me, that is Christmas Spirit. It is giving because you love the person or you love the act of giving or both. Not because you want a gift back, not because they sent you a gift and you are obliged to give them something in return. No, Christmas giving should be from the heart. 

I love giving presents, I do. I get all giddy about it. I start planning my gift giving back in the summer in some instances and I love trying to come up with unusual gifts for friends and family that I know they’ll love.  I love to see their faces when they open their gifts, that to me is priceless. 

Of course, I love to get gifts too. My granddad once bought me a red leather stamp book because he’s heard me say that’s the kind of thing I’d like to put my collection in. I was 15 at the time and was moved to tears. My husband bought me a honey dipper because I love honey on my toast and would complain about getting it off my spoon and it’s thoughtful gifts like that that make me smile. 

So what is the best gift you’ve ever given  and which is the best (or one of the best) you’ve received? Let’s get into the Spirit of Christmas right here and now and remember all the good, noble and blessed things about this season. 

In my story, Christmas Spirit Warms the Heart neither of my characters have much. Jodi is a Toll Booth operator who lives alone and keeps to herself. Mike works in an orphanage and is an orphan himself. Both of them go out of their ways to give gifts to those less fortunate than them at Christmas and as a consequence catch the attention of a very important person: Santa.

Christmas Spirit Warms the Heart brought out the child in me. I love the magic that surrounds Father Christmas and wanted to use him in one of my stories. I hope you’ll give it a read and get captured by the magic of Christmas too.

Best wishes to you all and have a very Merry Christmas!

Victoria Blisse is a mother, wife, Christian, Manchester United fan and erotica writer. She is equally at home behind a laptop or a cooker and she loves to create stories, poems, cakes and biscuits that make people happy.

She was born near Manchester, England and her northern English quirkiness shows through in all of her stories. Passion, love and laughter fill her works, just as they fill her busy life.


Cathy M said...

The best Christmas present I've given is probably this year. I bought an IPAD for him and I can't wait to surprise him with it.

As for the best present I've received, it would probably be the spa weekend my hubby gave to me the year my boy's were born. It was the perfect gift for a new mom, and included free babysitting!

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Victoria Blisse said...

My hubby's getting an iPad for Christmas, he'll be so excited! :)

Oh, the spa weekend sounds like a brilliantly good gift indeed!

Sarah said...

My sister is getting an iPad this Christmas and she doesn't know about it so we're all excited to see her reaction Christmas morning :-)

smaccall @

Judy said...

I love Christmas also. I love watching everyone open their presents and the expressions on their faces.

Debby said...

Wow, the best I have ever given would have to be a crocheted set of the nativity. I lvoed making it and they enjoyed it. For what I have received it would have to be a tray made for me with souvenirs in it of a vacation we took together.
debby236 at att dot net

Anonymous said...

The best gifts given: anytime I can give a gift that actually ends up being a surprise to the recipient
The best gift received: a car

I just want to say I won a download of "Getting Physical" last year & I really enjoyed it! The main characters were more "real" yet still sexy--without being perfect. There's a reason Victoria's books are given high marks by reviewers.
Thanks, again & Merry Christmas!

Victoria Blisse said...

Sarah -I bet your Sister will be thrilled!

Judy -I love that too.

Debby- the nativity sounds lovely. :)

Mickoo -thanks for the lovely compliment! Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

I love choosing and giving gifts of all sorts - not just Christmas. Of course it can be difficult to find just the right one sometimes, but when I do - Score! A few Christmases ago I was able to track down a really sturdy vintage painting kit and a lovely variety of oil paints, brushes and miscellany for my daughter. It was a bit funky because the box was used, but she loved it. She has made several paintings and lugged that box around two states and 3 cities. She has moved back home and the box is set up in her room, ready to use.