Thank you to everyone for your wonderful sister tag suggestions.  Loved them.  Love you.  You are the best of the best.  Feel so fortunate to have readers and friends like you.  Speaking of reading, I just finished a fantastic Georgette Heyer, Faro’s Daughter, and it was truly wonderful.  Faro’s Daughter and Arabella have to be my two favorites so far…and that’s saying something as I really love Heyer’s writing.

Later today I will be heading to Munich with my son Ty to celebrate his 13th birthday.  We come home Sunday so its a very short trip, but Ty didn’t want to miss school and I wasn’t thinking, so we’re traveling all that way to spend two full days in Germany, but hey, I’m the intrepid traveler, and the Christmas Markets will be gorgeous and I’m hoping we’re going to take the train to Salzburg for one of those days, too…

Surfer Ty is coming with us, and Mac and Jake will be staying home with my wonderful nanny/assistant, Jamette.  I’m lucky to have someone like her, who has known me for over 15 years, to manage things while I’m gone.  I’ve caught a bit of a cold, though, and am taking handfuls of zinc and vitamins and Tylenol to help me weather the trip.  And once we return Sunday, I’m only home a few days before Ty, Mac and I head to Hawaii for the holidays.  I really need to get back to writing but that might not happen until January when all the holidays are behind us and I can focus on nothing but the book.  If it sounds like a rush, it is.  I’ve been on the road every weekend for the past couple weekends and wasn’t thinking when plans were made, but what’s done is done and January and most of February are devoted to work.

I do have three fun holiday boxes sitting here for three of my readers.   Tell me which is your favorite Christmas Carol, or favorite thing to make for the holidays are you’re entered.  Contest will run through Saturday and I’ll announce the three winners on Sunday. Be patient with me, though, as I’ll be posting from the airport so it might happen early in the day, or later, depending on time zones and travel.

Have a wonderful few days and I’ll check in with you soon!


  1. My favorate christmas carol is Silent Night I always get the goose bumps when I hear it. Can’t wait to put up our tree this Sunday with the kids, they are excited as well!

    Enjoy your trip and you family during this holiday season and your right Jan/Feb are right around the corner and the book can wait until then!

  2. Hi Jane,

    Wow, you sure are a busy woman. I love making Christmas cookies and listening to Christmas music while wrapping presents. We also make gingerbread houses every year … even my 20 yr old joins in 🙂 Happy Holidays my friend.

  3. Wow, you’re going to Munich? That’s so exciting. I don’t know how you do it all. You sure juggle many things at once. My favorite Christmas carol is All I Want For Christmas Is You … by Mariah Carey. It’s very upbeat and gets me dancing and singing.

  4. My favorite Christmas carol of all time is Little Drummer Boy.
    Doesn’t matter who sings it, I just love to listen to it.
    Have a safe trip. Happy Birthday to TY!!

  5. Have a wonderful, safe and memorable trip. It sounds so special and lovely. I enjoy baking brownies which are delectable and listening to “O Come All ye Faithful”.

  6. Wow Munich! Sounds like fun! My birthday is later this month, hint hint 😉

    My favorite Christmas carol is Mary Did You Know. That song just speaks to me and speaks so much of the true meaning of Christmas.

    Have super fun on your trip 😀

  7. I love to bake cookies with the kids. So we all gather around our table and make cookies and decorate them for santa. Then we also enjoy sitting together with popcorn and hot chocolate and watching christmas movies. I love this time of year. Its so much chaos but soo much fun. We all need to take time and enjoy it. Have a wonderful trip Jane and you do such a wonderful job juggling everything. 🙂

  8. I love Bing Crosby’s version of “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas.”

    Have a wonderful time celebrating in Munich with your son and your new hubby!

  9. Praying Traveling Mercies for you Jane! Have a wonderful time and Happy Birthday to your son Ty!

    One of our favorite things to do at Christmas is the midnight service at our church. The last song is always Silent NIght and the lights are turned off and we all have candles to light from one another and hold while singing.

  10. Hi Jane – How are you – Wow – Munich. Your family is so well traveled. Do they love it as much as you do? O what a stupid question – of course they must.
    Have a wonderful time. When I think of Munich I think of that old movie with Shirley Temple and her grandfather. Heidi was her name – gosh what a great movie that was.
    My favorite Christmas song is “Away in a Manger” And how do I know this because I sing it
    while driving to work. Merry Christmas – Happy Holidays to you and your family and your mother!

  11. My favorite Christmas carol is O Holy Night, I love that song. Barbra Streisand did a beautiful version. Take care and have loads of fun.

  12. Happy Birthday to Ty. I hope you have a wonderful trip to Germany. Seeing Salzburg would be a wonderful addition to the trip.
    My favorite Christmas Carol is Silent Night. I have always enjoyed Oh Holy Night too.

  13. enjoy your trip jane! happy birthday to your son, TY! my favorite Christmas song is “Mary, did you know?” our favorite thing to do is to make christmas crafts and cookies for others in our family circle. take care!

  14. I like the silly songs. Like Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey and All i want for Christmas is a Hippopotamus. Fun cute songs.

    Safe travels Jane!

    Lisa B

  15. I love celebrating “St.Nick Day” on December 6th by letting the kids put their shoes in the window with their Christmas lists inside and in the morning Santa has visited and collected the lists and left fun candy and treats in their shoes 🙂 Just feels like Christmas is really beginning when we do this tradition.

  16. Jane, my favourite is “Silent Night” cos after spending Christmas Day with my noisy crazy family, i need a silent night to recover

  17. Hi Jane,

    You are going to have a great time in Munich. That’s so exciting. Make sure to take tons of pictures and post a few.

    I love the Christmas season. My favorite Christmas song is, and don’t laugh at me, Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. I just think it’s so silly.


  18. I have so many favorite Christmas carols, but I think my favorite is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. It just captures the spirit of Christmas, to me. Have a wonderful, safe travelling weekend!

  19. I love Mary did you know, grown up Christmas list and breath of heaven. They are so beautiful and rich with meaning. Happy holidays. Ps I am reading your shes gone country and loving it.

  20. Christmas Markets! Oh, so wonderful! Enjoy 🙂 I have a friend in Dresden who treats me with photos of Christmas Markets every year. Sigh.

    My favorite Christmas Carol is Oh Holy Night by Martina McBride. Goosebumps every time.

  21. My favorite Christmas songs are O Holy Night and Grown Up Christmas List. But it’s fun to hear all the Christmas songs this time of year.
    Enjoy your trip to Munich!

  22. Oh. My. Gosh. I cannot get “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” out of my head! Definitely not my fave, but all I can think of right now. Have fun in Munich!

  23. Hi Jane,

    Munich for his 13th birthday…Ty is a lucky young man to have a mom like you.

    As for me and my family one of our favorite holiday traditions is making sugar cookies. This Sunday we will spend hours rolling out dough and cutting out all kinds of shapes and sizes sugar cookies. And for an added bonus we had a friend of ours and his two children, 1 and 3, staying with us while his wife is deployed overseas. With my youngest being 13 having two littles ones running around the house has been quite the change.

    I hope your family has safe and happy holiday.


  24. Hi Jane,

    Munich for his 13th dirthday…Ty is a very lucky young man to have a mom like you.

    As for me and my family one of our favorite holiday traditions is making sugar cookies. This Sunday we will spend hours rolling out dough and cutting out all kinds of shapes and sizes sugar cookies. And for an added bonus we had a friend of ours and his two children, 1 and 3, staying with us while his wife is deployed overseas. With my youngest being 13 having two littles ones running around the house has been quite the change.

    I hope your family has safe and happy holiday.


  25. My favorite Christmas song is Mary did you know? sung by Reba McEntire. I love to make pecan pies for Christmas that is one of my favorite things about the holidays, the baking!

  26. Well I got exhausted from reading all that your doing and what an awesome way to celebrate a 13th birthday!

    One of my favorite songs is SIlent Night. I would sing it to help my son fall asleep when he was a baby.

  27. Love Hark The Bells. Favorite thing to make is Rosemary shortbread & to watch Home Alone with my girls.Hope you have a great time in Hawaii wish I was going for the holidays but we will be back there in March. Happy Holidays to you & your family.

  28. One Christmas Carol I like a lot is Winter Wonderland. I always sing it to myself when it snows, which isn’t too often in the Pacific NW.
    I love to bake Christmas cookies. A family favorite are the peanut blossoms, but instead of putting a Hershey kiss on top I put a mini peanut butter cup – yum….. I also love frosted sugar cookies.

  29. Have a great trip! And Happy Birthday to your son. Welcome to his teenage years. 🙂
    My favorite carol is Mary Did You Know.

  30. Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas. My kids and I bake lots of cookies. My favorite Christmas carol is I saw mommy kissing Santa Clause.

  31. Have a terrific time with Son Ty in Germany!!! And stay safe.

    My favorite carol right now is Angels We Have Heard on High–because when my 4-year-old sings it, she has pure joy on her face during the chorus. :o)

    My favorite thing to make during the holidays is a gingerbread house. It’s such a blast, we now make one for Easter, Halloween, AND Thanksgiving. :o)


  32. Happy 13th Birthday, Ty! Isn’t it great, delightful, marvelous that we December Birthday People get to enjoy all the glorious Christmas decorations?! Wow! Imagine going to Europe to celebrate! All the best to you, Ty (and Jane)as you begin your teenage years. As a matter of fact…”JOY TO THE WORLD”!!!

  33. My favorite is Silent Night. Some of us go caroling on Christmas Eve and that songs always brings tears to my eyes.

    Enjoy your holiday!

  34. Your boys are so blessed to have a Mom who loves to travel and include them in her travels. they are going to be well rounded young men some day.

    I love most Christmas songs, as I have my radio tuned to 89.9 for the entire month of December leading up to Christmas. I think if I had to pick just one, it would have to be Winter Wonderland. It just gets me all kinds of happy singing out loud!

    Have a great 13th birthday trip and safe travels to all of you.

  35. My favorite Christmas song is Mary did you know? And favorite cookies, would be anything but ones with rum in them. A good old home made sugar cookie is delightful.

  36. My favorite carol is Silent Night because my daughter, who will turn 25 this Saturday, was MY birthday present! I took her home on the 14th. Silent Night was playing on the radio & she was very still while it was on. Then whenever she was crying, if we played or sang Silent Night, she would settle right down, as if she were listening to it. Pretty great memory. And yes, she still loves that song. 🙂

  37. Enjoy your trip, I’m sure you’ll make the best of the time you have there.

    Our favorite tradition is watching “A Christmas Story.” You’ll shoot your eye out kid. F-r-a-g-i-l-e. Love it.

  38. By the time Christmas Day actually gets here it’s been about 40 days of overeating and celebrating. Plus I’m down right exhausted. About 15 years ago, I asked what should we have for “Christmas Dinner” … ham, turkey or Prime Rib? Overdosed on rich food my young son piped up and suggested, “How about tacos?” At first, I vetoed it, but then after thinking about it, I thought “why not”?

    1.) Comfort food.
    2.) Easy to fix, no slaving in the kitchen all day.
    3.) Much cheaper to fix than the standard Prime Rib, Turkey or Ham.

    Now I know it’s not “Christmasy” to fix taco’s but it’s become a family Christmas tradition ever since and I love it … easy peasy!

  39. Munich is our plan for the holidays in 2013, so the kids don’t have to miss school. We’ll be able to do a 10 day trip then. I can’t wait to hear about your trip! Safe travels!

    As for my favorite Christmas Carol, well, not sure I can pick just one. “Do You Hear What I Hear?” is one of them. So is “Mary, Did You Know?” and “The Little Drummer Boy”. I used to sing “Silent Night” to my son as a lullaby year-round. And “Dominic the Donkey” sure is fun!

  40. My favorite Christmas carol is O Holy Night. And I love to make candy for my friends and family for Christmas. I try not to eat it all! 😀
    Have a fun and safe trip! I bet Munich is beautiful this time of year!

  41. It’s so fun reading everyone’s favorites!!

    Hi Jane ~ Have a great trip! I can’t imagine doing all that travel in such a small amount of time!! I bet it will beautiful there and a fun trip for all of you.

    Growing up, Christmas dinner was always much like Thanksgiving, but with ham rather than turkey. That’s what I continued doing until a few years ago, when my daughter became a vegetarian. Now we are still experimenting, but it’s usually some pasta dish – probably lasagna this year. It actually works out better.

    Christmas music makes the holidays as far as I’m concerned. I think I love all the carols! And I’ve DVR’d several Christmas movies lately and watch them midday sometimes when I need a break!

    Now, if only it would snow…

    Happy holidays!!

  42. My favorite Christmas song is “Silver Bells” – it is just so pretty. And my favorite thing to make would be Cherry Mash Bars.


  43. Jane, oh how I envy you.
    I never get to go anywhere unless it is business trip with my husband and those are few and far between.
    My favorite Christmas song is O’Holy Night. My favorite holiday movie Is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I love watching all the traditional TV specials. You know Frosty the Snowman, Rudolf any of those old ones I grew up with. I am a kid at heart at Christmas time.
    I just love baking Christmas cookies and decorating them.

    Merry, Merry.
    Be safe in your travels and hope you win the fight with your cold.
    Wish Ty a “HAPPY Birthday” for me. 🙂

  44. Hi Jane,
    Safe travels!
    My favorite song this season has to be a silly song called Dominik the Donkey. It’s cute.

    Merry Christmas,

  45. Right now it’s “Jingle Bells” as my 4 year old boy has just learned to sing it in preschool. So cute…

  46. Munich sounds wonderful, happy birthday to Ty! My husband’s and daughter’s birthdays are coming up, I can completely relate to how hard it is to fit it in and make it special. Even two days in Munich sounds great!

    My three favorite modern carols are ‘Mary Did You Know’ and ‘Mary’s Song (Breath of Heaven)’ and ‘Grown Up Christmas List’; of the traditional carols, I love ‘O Holy Night’ – the music of the season is one of my favorite things. The music and the lights embody all of the grace and goodwill of the season.

    I love making Christmas cookies with my friends and family. We have a tradition of getting together on the weekend after Thanksgiving to make cookies, a tradition that comes via very close family friends who did this with their grandmother. Now all of our children are part of the tradition, and so it continues. It’s wonderful.

    Safe travels!


  47. Have a wonderful trip! I hope your cold doesn’t get any worse and in fact gets better before your trip. My favorite Christmas song is Silent Night. It’s just a beautiful song.

  48. I love making holiday cookies every year with a couple strawberry pies for neighbors. I look forward to decorating the cookies and munching on a few as well. I like listening to th carol of the bells 🙂 as it always gets me in the mood.

  49. Have a great trip. Sounds like you will be busy. My favorite christmas carol is “I’ll be home for christmas” from the movie “Meet Me In St. Louis. Merry christmas.

  50. Hi Jane,

    That sounds like a whirlwind of a trip! Happy Birthday to Ty and I hope it is everything you hoped it would be. How exciting!
    My favorite Christmas Carol is Santa Clause is Coming to Town. It’s always fun to sing with the boys. I just hope they never outgrow it :(….
    Have a wonderful trip,

  51. Happy 13th birthday! I went to Italy when I was 13 and loved it-had the best summer ever…anyways have a great time and hope your cold goes away! I make my Italian cookies every year,Biscotti and my english toffee bars, my son loves them and are so easy to favorite christmas carol is Silent and Joy to the World….gonna be singing them at church with acouple of my cowboy friends who are in a praise and worship team that have been over in Aghgastin(misspelled)sorry and I’m so excited in seeing them…especially since on of them is my cousin,he’s doing such good work helping them deal with the war and homelfe, he keeps me busy sending books and goodies for the soldiers. Have a wonderful time…hope i win but if not thats ok,too!

  52. Jane,
    You are one busy lady. Sounds like fun and great to be able to spend one on one time with your son. Then the holidays in Hawaii…sign me up! My favorite song is The Christmas song – Chestnuts roasting on an open fire!! Use to sing that to my kids when they were little and now to my grandson. Safe Travels.

  53. I love Carol of the Bells and O Come All Ye Faithful.

    It’s not Christmas for me if I don’t watch the original Grinch cartoon and it’s certainly not Christmas without buttertarts! I learned how to make them with my Mum and we use my great grandmother’s recipe.

    Have a wonderful trip!

  54. What a special treat for the birthday boy! Have a wonderful trip. I love baking (and eating!) Christmas cookies!

  55. My favorite Chirstmas carol is more of a song than a carol,but it is ‘Christmas Wrapping’ by The Waitresses. Yes, it shows my 80’s upbringing, but I love the story of the song and the happy ending. More traditionally would be Silent Night and Silver Bells. My favorite Christmas tradition is curling up on the couch with my kids, with just the tree lights on and listening to Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians ‘The Meaning of Chirstmas’ vinyl album. It is from 1961 and always brings back my childhood memories of Christmas.

  56. Happy Holidays Jane! My favorite Christmas carol is O Holy Night! Also, I love to bake anything… if only I had an elf to help with the dishes!

  57. My favorite Christmas carol is Little Drummer Boy. I love baking. I usually make about 20 different types of cookies and candies and deliver trays of goodies to all my friends, neighbors and family. I have said the past couple years, I will cut down and not make so much…but I always seem to get carried away. I haven’t started yet…so I’d better get busy soon! Merry Christmas, Jane! Have a great time in Germany and Hawaii!!

  58. I love getting together with my family before Christmas and turning on some Christmas songs and making cookies. My favorite cookies to make are, Betty Crocker Bon Bon’s that are filled with either cherries, chocolate chips, coconut or whatever you desire and buckeye cookies made with peanut butter and chocolate. Yummy!

  59. My favorite is Felice Navidad, it reminds me of all the good holidays growing up, making Tamales with my Grandma’s and Mother. This always brings a smile to my face 🙂
    Have a wonderful trip Jane

  60. Merry Christmas from downunder, Jane!!
    Definitely “O Holy Night”. The most beautiful Christmas song ever – esp if sung by children and even more by boy sopranos – just heavenly.

  61. Favorite carol: It came upon a midnight clear.

    What a travel schedule you’ve created. I hope the trip to Germany is memorable.

    Warmest wishes for a happy, healthy new year!

  62. Jane,

    Happy Birthday to TY! My Birthday is the 20th, but we won’t discuss how old I will be…

    I just love Christmas, it is one of my most favorite times of the year. I have been listening to Christmas music for some time now and sometimes I will even break it out in the Summer, just cause it makes me Happy!

    Hard to say a favorite, maybe White Christmas. My favortite Christmas movie is Miracle on 34th street both the old and new one!

    Last Sunday, I hung out with my mom and we watched Christmas movies for the whole day, and I wouldn’t trade that day for anything!

    Safe travels, Merry Christmas!

  63. Happy Birthday to Ty! Both my kids are born in December which always made for a crazy month. This month my baby turns 21 which is ridiculous. My favorite Christmas carol is Joy to the World which we usually sing at the end of Christmas Eve services at our church and I always think really says it all.

  64. Jane,

    Wow you are seriously a world traveler!! My favorite carol is “All I Want for Christmas is You” and my favorite thing to bake is my grandmother’s homemade pumpkin bread. Been in my family for generations but I am the only one in my generation to keep the tradition going. My grandmother (Nana) is 84 and still bakes it but I help out and take care of the mine and my sisters so she makes it for the family members near her. She is my favorite person ever and I treasure every moment with her…which reminds me that I still have to drive 90 minutes to do our Holiday baking date we do every year but my shopping is not even started and my 12 yr old has Pneumonia. I have my 2nd interview with a company to go back to work full time today. I think my schedule just got even worse!!

    Travel safely and have a wonderful time!

  65. I love it when you travel, because the scenery and travelers find their way into a win. But I hope your cold is blasted by the zinc and you have a great time. In my kitchen there is the smell of peppermint bark and the “Halleluyah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.

  66. Hi Jane. I hope you have a wonderful trip. My favorite Christmas carol is Holly, Jolly Christmas. I like to make fudge for the holidays.

  67. Nice birthday gift for Ty…my son’s is the 26th. I love all the Christmas music while wrapping and baking. I like to bake Anise cookies which is an old Polish recipe handed down from my Grandmother and a real fav in our family. You are truly the world traveler, I could never keep up with you and all your hats and I hope you have a safe and way too fun fast trip with your Ty guys!

  68. WOW! What a whirlwind trip! Have a wonderful time!!

    My favorite traditional Christmas song is What Child Is This.

    However, after raising four children my favorite fun Christmas song is Raffi’s Must Be Santa.

    As for traditional things to make. We always make my MIL’s recipe for German spritz cookies. These are so buttery, melt in your mouth delicious bites of yummyness!!

    Finally, I make a modified version of my paternal grandmother Catherine’s meat stuffing. I add extra sweet onions, bread, thyme and ginger spices. I prefer this to the main course of turkey.

    Enjoy the sights! Hope you feel better soon! Merry Christmas!

    johns lake at usa dot com

  69. King Wenceslaus and O Come Emmanuel are my favorite Christmas hymns/songs. What adds to the magic of Christmas?Cranberry bread, the smell of decorative greens in the house, peppermint ANYTHING,spending time with the people you love. May your travels be safe and your smiles be many. Merry Christmas!

  70. My favourite Christmas song is Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas and the Avemaria (always great at Christmas) sung by Andrea Bocelli.
    I wish your son Ty a wonderful birthday. How special to give your child the gift of travelling and learning.
    Have a great time. Munich is a wonderful city.

  71. Oh Holy Night would be one of my favorite but love them all. I have been sick also all through Thanksgiving. Just now getting into the Christmas thingy. I always enjoy making home made candy at Christmas, not sure I will do it this year because hubby is diabetic now and I know he will eat it if I make it.

    Happy Birthday Ty, enjoy your weekend!!!!

  72. Making chocolate chip cookies is awesome! I love all christmas carols, but I can’t get my family to listen to them 🙁

    Hope you have a safe and wonderful trip!

  73. I love Little Drummer Boy, especially by Bob Seger. Have a wonderful trip. I can’t wait to hear about Munich. Pictures?

  74. Hi I live in England and love going to the Christmas Markets. Hopefully one year we will go to Germany and see theirs.

    My favorite Christmas Carol is Silent Night. My favorite activity is makign Christmas cookies with the kids. We combined the Italian and American traditions. This year we are able to go back to the states for Christmas and am pretty excited. We are bring home some English holiday treats for everyone.

  75. My Favorite Song is Oh Holy Night.

    What makes Christmas special for me is to get Caramel Apple Cider from Starbucks and sick next to the fire and wrap Christmas Gifts. Also, I like to watch It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone and Miracle on 34th Street Christmas Movies

  76. Sounds like you have a busy month. December is so hectic. Hopefully, everything will settle down in January.
    I love “Silent Night”. It is so peaceful and traditional.
    Hope your family has a wonderful Christmas. Enjoy Munich!

  77. Hi Jane my favorite Christmas Carol is O Holy Night. I just love it . My favorite thing to make for the holidays this year has been scarves for friends I have made on here and even some authors I have come to know as friends. I love making fudge this time of the year as well. I wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas. Safe Travels and a Very Happy and Healthy New Year may it be blessed.

  78. Hi Jane,
    My favorite Christmas song is “O, Holy Night”.
    Enjoy your time in Munich – I’m sure it’s beautiful during the holiday season!

  79. Happy Holidays To You and Yours. And a Happy 13th to TY. Jane I must say you set the standards for birthday gifts sooooo lowww LOL GERMANY! Wow, now my son who turned 12 last week informed me today to read your blog (yes, he likes checking your blog). He told me he has a great idea for his 13th birthday next year. OUCH! lol Hope you and your guys have a safe and wonderful weekend and a great holiday.

  80. It’s hard to choose just one but it would have to be either All I Want for Christmas or Blue Christmas. Maybe Sleigh Ride. Like I said, hard to choose just one. Wishint you safe traveling to you and your family.

  81. My favorite holiday song is “Oh come all ye faithful” since its the only song I seem to be able to sing in key.

    Have a great trip. Munich is beautiful this time of year. And you’ll love all the lights in Salzburg too. Enjoy! And Happy Birthday Ty!

  82. my favorite Christmas Carol is O Holy Night

    Have a wonderful trip and a Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  83. Europe is always SO worth it — even if the preparation is stressful and the trip is brief –you never regret it! And you rock for giving your 13 year old such a special birthday gift. The Christmas Carol that stays in my head when I hear it is “Santa Baby”, lol

  84. Favourite carol will always be Bing Crosby’s White Christmas (although Burl Ives’ A Holly Jolly Christmas comes a close second). I’m a sucker for the oldies but goodies….
    I’m glad you are getting away like you are (but saddened re your cold). You work very hard between your job and home life, and I hope you enjoy your well-deserved break(s).

  85. My favorite thing at the holidays is actually my mother’s German Christmas cookies. They are old family recipies that I love and it definitely feels like the holidays when these treats are around.

  86. I love O Christmas Tree! We are a festive house at Christmas. We blast carols while baking cookies and decorating.

  87. Hi Jane,
    Happy Birthday to Ty! Hope you had a wonderful time in Munich & Salzburg ~ I’ve gone to both places when I was in high school. Two of my favorite songs are “O Holy Night” (even though my second grade teacher told me I didn’t know how to sing it for our concert) &I “Carol of the Bells” (always loved playing that on the flute). I enjoy baking cookies at Christmas time & I hope I will have some time to do so next week. Looking forward to hearing about your visit:)
    Love ya!

  88. My favorite Christmas song is “O, Holy Night.” I really enjoy baking and crafting at Christmas time.
    Have a great time in Munich. How exciting to be making so many wonderful trips all of the time…I’m jealous! 🙂

  89. I have long wanted to see the Christmas markets in Germany. I am envious, enjoy. The thing we always make in my family is shortbread. My mum is Scottish, so that means more than one type. Mmmm…

  90. Hi everyone, I’m checking in really quick from the airport on our way back to Seattle. I wanted to announce the 3 winners:

    #42 Tracy H
    #14 Donna M
    #71 Kim

    and I also went ahead and picked two bonus winners:

    #3 Emily Kindle
    #54 Elizabeth Zayden

    Send me an email with your info and I’ll get the prizes in the mail soon!

    Thanks so much for dropping by to chat with me. I love catching up with all of you!!


  91. Congratulations, Porter Winners!
    …and aren’t we all winners by reading Jane’s books. Merry Christmas to everyone. And an especially Happy Birthday to each of you who wss born in December…the most magical and beautiful month of all.

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