Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Gifts of Love Hop--the gift of reverence

Welcome to the Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop where over 200 romance authors are doing giveaways and talking about our favorite holiday stuff.  I've done sexy hops--some pretty steamy ones, actually--but this one is a bit different. I'm going to be focussing on my favorite holiday moments and things. Some of my posts will be about love, but some will simply be me opening a door into my world so you get a glimpse of the real me. (Don't worry, I said the real me, not me au natural...big difference!) :-) 
 As you can see from the above graphic, this is a HUGE giveaway for the overall hop.  On this specific blog, I'm giving away a $25 egift card to Victoria's Secret again because everyone loved that for the Black Friday Hop.  Remember...all you need to do is comment with your email address to be eligible to win it all and then keep right on hopping. Thanks for stopping by!  

Today I'm talking about the gift of reverence.  No, don't roll your eyes at me.  I see you--yeah, you--knock it off. 

Over the years it's become my family's tradition to go to Red Rocks Amphitheater on Christmas morning to wait for the sunrise that breaks over the horizon and casts it's glow over the still sleeping city of Denver.  It's usually freezing cold before that sun comes up.  In an amphitheater that's known for its concerts, crowds and good energy, we sit tucked on a seat in the quiet with only a few other people--couples, singles, families--always less than a dozen or so and all silent with expectation.  

Expectation...that's such a loaded word.  What are we expecting?  A new beginning usually, a blessing perhaps.  I don't know.  As I sit there with the ones I love huddled beneath blankets and drinking hot chocolate, eyes glued to the growing glow over the horizon, I think about all that I'm grateful for...

...grateful for being with my kids...
...grateful for being able to sit in such a serene place...
...grateful for being a novelist, someone who's lucky enough to live her dreams...
...grateful for being alive despite all the bullshit that usually comes with a big, messy life...
...grateful for the blankets covering my body...
...grateful for the hot chocolate that may or may not be laced with Tuaca...
...grateful for the knowledge that the sun IS rising...
...grateful for those friends who blessed my life, even if they've now chosen to leave it...
...grateful for being healthy enough to walk up those stairs in the amphitheater...
...grateful for my computer (which my kids say I treat like a living being)...
...grateful for creativity...
...grateful for my pets, even though they tend to drive me crazy...
...grateful for freedom...
...grateful for the challenges that have shaped me into the person I am today...
...grateful to know what love is...
...grateful for being loved...


What are some holiday traditions that create that same sense of gratitude for you?  I'd love to hear about them in your comments, if you don't mind sharing.  Don't forget to leave a comment with your email address to be eligible to WIN!  After you comment here, swing by my other posts in this series:


20 comments:

Shawnie Nicole said...

Well.. I came... I read... I understand what you said... And now I hop...

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Dark Butterfly said...

I love giveaways especially when they involve books or reading. I just got a Google Nexus tablet for Christmas, so I don't need a nook tablet/kindle fire, but I would like a gift card so I can get a kindle. I don't have one yet. Thanks for the chance to win. burch.Jamie@gmail.com

laurie said...

thanks for the great blog and wonderful giveaway

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killiekins said...

HI, thanks for the blog hop and the giveaway!

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Charlene Raddon said...

Sounds like a nice holiday tradition.
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Charlene Raddon said...

Sounds like a nice holiday tradition.
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Mydurango618 said...

One of my favorite Christmas Romance Books is The Untamable Rogue by Annette Blair! The story is about Ashford Blackburne Fifth Earl and he has to get married and get his willing bride pregnant before Christmas or his grandfather won’t let him inherit his money. Ash truly needs to inherit the money because his late father squandered it all away and he is taking care of his mother. After getting stood up at the alter, again, Ash and his friends go to the local pub where the owner plays a drunken Ash in a card game…his consolation prize is the pubs daughter Larkin, who he wants to get ride of. Ash has to learn to forgive…Larkin has to learn how to trust…can two completely different people find love together. This is a cute, extremely funny, romantic story with a surprise Christmas ending!

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Carla Meiers said...

I always enjoy reading your blog Amber. Our family plays the "Christmas Game" on Christmas Eve....lots of fun and entertaining! We have Oyster Stew, Chili, appetizers, Hot Cider laced with wild cherry brandy and of course plenty of wine. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!
Carla
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Heather Cox said...

thanks for this giveaway!!

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Cassandra said...

My favorite traditions are decorating, baking, & spending time with the family :)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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Sharon Goodenough said...

Some really good holiday suggestions.

For me, giving to others less fortunate always leaves me with a sense of gratitude for the blessings in my life--and those are not monetary things I speak of.

Thank you for the chance to win some goodies.

Gail
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seelk said...

That is a great tradition Amber and the way you describe it makes my heart warm. With family and friends scattered all over the world we started this tradition many years ago, to wear red socks on Christmas Eve and think of all the ones that are with angels and the ones still with us and give thanks for having each other in our lives.
Thank you for the opportunity. Merry Christmas.

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Raonaid Luckwell said...

Not really looking for anything this christmas, just that my boys have a a great one.

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K. April Holgate said...

I work at a non-profit and we do an annual toy giveaway and it is great seeing the families and talking to parents about how happy there kids will be for teh gifts!!
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Missy Emery said...

I love to bake cookies and give them away to the elderly in town. I always watch the Christmas Story a gazillion times on Christmas Eve. Thanks for the chance to win. Merry Christmas!

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Heather M. Sharpe said...

Love your tradition! My grandfather always reads the Christmas story straight from the New Testament. When we were little, we'd dress in scraps of cloth and old tinsel and act it out while he read, now it is a time to listen to his voice and reflect.

Merry Christmas!
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Sandy Howe said...

Thanks for the givaways

shellbelle said...

Beautiful Christmas Tradition. Every Christmas Eve my children and I bake a birthday cake for Jesus. In the evening when the family is together we have a birthday party for Jesus. Everyone thanks Jesus for something special in our lives and then we sing happy birthday. I hope my children will carry on the tradition with their children.
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Mer said...

Holiday baking is one of my favorite traditions. Making special treats for my loved ones is a way to show I care, even if I'm far away. Plus I can have some me time during baking, as I'll set a timer (learned that the hard way!) and sit down with a book to relax.

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Kym said...

Well, my kids make a list of whom made a difference in their year..then we bake cookies , and share memories of those we are baking for. On Christmas eve day, we go around and drop off the cookie trays with a thank you. I think this teaches my kids gratitude.

Merry Christmas !
~Kym
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