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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Leigh Ellwood

My father likes to tell the story of one particular Christmas with his family. Of twelve - count 'em, twelve - siblings, he fell somewhere near the middle, and on this particular year there may have been six or seven still at home. They were not a rich family - they made ends meet in a modest home in Louisville, Kentucky, and on this Christmas his father brought home the largest tree the kids had ever seen. It brushed the ceiling, and when they draped it with garlands, ornaments, and light strings it looked enchantingly beautiful.

Only problem with this scenario? The family only had so much for electricity, so in order to light the tree they had to shut down everything else in the home - including the heat. So, for that Christmas season, the family would gather for about an hour, power down the heat, wrap up in blankets and sit in front of the tree. When everybody had their fill of holiday cheer, they turned off the tree, cranked up the heat, and went about their business.

Every year around this time I recall that story and enjoy a smile. The holidays I have enjoyed never required such thriftiness, but I like the idea that my aunts, uncles, and grandparents were willing to sacrifice a few creature comforts in order to share the spirit of the season. I try to instill similar values in my young one through various gift donations - though I would like to be more active in charity throughout the year. Especially this year, with people out of work and enduring financial hardships, it is important that we remember to give.

If you do have the time or money to spare, please consider a donation to a shelter, a toy drive, or related program. May you be blessed this season.

Leigh Ellwood's latest release is Midnight Passions from Phaze Books. She is an award-winning author of erotica and erotic romance fiction. Following the release of her first novel, Truth or Dare, in 2004, Leigh has since written several novels, novella, and short stories. She is an EPIC Award winner and has been nominated for many reviewers awards for her works.

Home - http://www.leighellwood.com
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Leigh will be giving away two downloads from her backlist (winners' choice), so leave a comment to be entered into the drawing.

13 comments:

Jean P said...

The blurb for 'Midnight Passions' sounds like a fun, sexy read. Look forward to reading it.
Merry Christmas

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elaing8 said...

I enjoyed reading your post.Thanks for sharing.

Midnight Passions has a fantastic cover.And it sounds really good too.
Happy Holidays

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Debby said...

I can't imagine that many kids. It must make for a lively Christmas.
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Bookwyrm369 said...

Thank you for the heartwarming post :-)

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desitheblonde said...

well my grand had 12 kid here and t hen now most of them gone but they
are still over 100 of us in the family and growing my aunt going ot have all but 5 or 6 at the house this year
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Judith said...

Your entry made me smile.
I had a picture in my head of everyone tightly huddled around the tree, very cosy.
My Nana had 11 children, it boggles the mind.
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shadow_kohler said...

Your book sounds so good! I love the cover! Thanks! Merry Christmas!
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Tamsyn said...

Love your post. Memories that make you warm and bring a smile to your face. Thanks for sharing.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Tamsyn
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VampedChik said...

Very sweet! Thank you so much! happy holidays!
-Amber
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PaParanormalFan said...

Hello Leigh w,

I very much enjoyed your post, it really brings a smile & warms anyone's Heart anytime of the year. My Husband is a Vet. & currently a Policce Officer for 30 years, we donate our times & the Crime Fiction Books he Reads each year to the local Veteran's Hospital. He reads as much Crime & Police Proccedual Fiction as I do Erotic Fiction, so they do appreciate his book donations.
I would very much appreciate being including in your giveaway from download book backlist.
Take Care & Happy Holidays,
Renee' S.
paranormalromancefan@yahoo.com

GladysMP said...

I enjoyed reading about the solution the family found for enjoying the Christmas tree. I bet it was a time that none of them ever forgot. It is true that many people in America who consider themselves poor don't really realize just how poor folks in America once were.

flchen1 said...

That's American ingenuity for you :) And thank you for the reminder that this is a season for sharing, especially when we can! Hope your celebrating was merry and memorable, Leigh!

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Kat L. said...

Thanks for your comments. ParanormalRomanceFan was chosen in the drawing congrats!