Signing off for the holidays

That tree my guys cut down yesterday?  It now looks like this:

Frederick Tannenbaum 2013

Nice, huh?  We had such fun decorating it last night!  I put on some Christmas music (currently at the top of my playlist: Pentatonix), made hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows for everyone (confession: I didn’t make the marshmallows myself — I bought them at Baker & Spice, my favorite local coffee shop/bakery/hangout), and then we took the ornaments out of the storage boxes one by one, reminisced over them, and found the perfect spot for each one.

When we were done, we sat back and admired our handiwork.  What is it about twinkle lights, the smell of evergreen, and shiny baubles? They put the magic in this holiday, for me at least.

So to those of you who celebrate Christmas, I wish you a very merry one. And to those of you who celebrate other holidays, I wish you a happy new year.  I’m signing off for now to spend time with my family, but I’ll be back in early January with some treats in store for you, including the cover reveal for ABSOLUTELY TRULY, my next novel, and an all-new story starter and a giveaway to kick off 2014 in stellar style.

Ciao for niao!

Christmas Mantel 2013

O Christmas tree…

We didn’t put up a Christmas tree this year.  We figured we’d just be asking for trouble, what with Billie, our frisky little year-old Sheltie, running around the house.  I scattered some ornaments and lights here and there to brighten things up, and tucked some evergreen boughs along the mantel to give us that lovely holiday scent, but I was still feeling a little sad on Christmas Eve.  I do love a tree.

Look what I woke up to!


Our amazing sons waited until we’d gone to bed, then collaborated on creating this AMAZING piece of art, all made entirely of books!  Imagine my delight when I went out into the family room on Christmas morning and found it waiting for me.

Best.  Present.  EVER!