Holiday Cheer with Debra St. John

by Anna on December 29, 2013

Hi, Debra.  Welcome to Holiday Cheer!  Hey, that’s one of my favorite quotes, too!

Everyone, be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win an ecopy of Debra’s book   “This Time for Always” which is the first book in The Corral series. Also, I’ll be giving away a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card at the end of Holiday Cheer.

Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate with a candy cane melted in to add a touch of mintiness.

What is your favorite holiday song? I love Silent Night no matter who sings it, but I am partial to Toby Keith’s version of Go Tell it on the Mountain.

What is your favorite holiday movie? It’s a Wonderful Life, no matter how many times I’ve seen it, I always cry at the end.

What is something on your gift wish list? Those gloves where your fingers poke out and then a flap covers them to make it look like a mitten.

What is the most important thing about the holidays for you? The traditions and time spent with family and friends.

What do you do on Christmas Eve? The hubby and I open our gifts from each other and then head to my mom and dad’s house and hang out in comfy clothes all day. My sister joins us there. We munch, play games, and have dinner. After opening our stockings we watch a movie, then head to bed so we can wake up early to open presents.

Do you have a Christmas morning tradition? Opening presents with my family and then having breakfast before heading off to the hubby’s sister’s to celebrate with his side of the family.

Do you have a real or artificial tree?  What color lights do you put on your tree? We have two artificial trees and one real tree. The real tree in the living room is our ‘fancy’ tree. It’s decorated with white lights and a variety of gold ornaments. The tree upstairs is artificial with colored lights. It has all of the ornaments we’ve gathered over the years from trips and to celebrate special events. We always put the date on the bottom of the ornament. Decorating the tree is like a trip down memory lane. This year, we decided to add a third tree since the one upstairs was getting a bit crowded. This one is also artificial and sits on the back (enclosed) porch. It has white lights and holds all of my Mickey Mouse ornaments and teacher ornaments.

What tops your tree? Two have angels and one has Mickey and Minnie as carolers at the top.

What’s your favorite holiday quote? “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

Do you wrap as you go or do you do a marathon wrapping ‘party?’ I try to do everything at once, but it does take me a couple of days…or more depending on what else is going on. I set up a table upstairs in the loft by the tree up there, gather my supplies (paper, tissue, ribbon, boxes, bags, tags), play music, and wrap to my heart’s content. I love wrapping presents! I do try to get everything done at least a week before Christmas because we like to look at the pretty packages beneath the tree.

Where would you spend the holiday if you could go anywhere in the world? Doesn’t matter as long as I’m with my hubby and our families.

What is your favorite holiday treat (pie, cake, cookies, etc)? I have to go with Grandma’s cut out cookies. Even though she’s gone now, Mom still makes them every year. Yum!

White Trees

Grandma’s Old Fashioned Butter Cookies

1 cup butter – softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2½ cups flour
1 t baking powder
2 T orange juice
1 t vanilla

Cream butter, sugar, and egg until light and fluffy. Beat in flour, baking powder, orange juice, and vanilla until smooth and well combined. Chill 2-3 hours or until firm enough to be rolled. Roll out dough, about 1/3 at a time, on well-floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out with cookie cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 400 degrees for 6 – 10 minutes or until golden brown on edges. Frost if desired.

Yield – 6 dozen 2 inch cookies

Note: For a crisper cookie, roll to 1/8 inch thickness. For a softer cookie, roll to ¼ inch thickness.


Can a danger-addicted cowboy and a safety-conscious urbanite ever see eye-to-eye?

When Chicago native Amber Winfield visits her aunt in Texas, she’s happy to absorb some local color – but dating a bull rider? That’s more cowboy than she’s prepared to go. As an accessibility consultant, she knows too well the hazards of extreme sports. Just one night with Jake Hawkins, though, and she’s captivated by the caring man underneath the cowboy swagger. But she could never fall for a man so intent on chasing danger…could she?

Jake’s one goal – earn enough points to ride on the pro circuit – and he won’t let anyone stand in his way. Especially not a sophisticated city lady who thinks bull riding is crazy. Women like Amber are the reason he’s perfected the art of loving and leaving. So why can’t he get her off of his mind…or out of his heart?

Available from The Wild Rose Press and Amazon.


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