December 2, 2015

kasey ferris shares her favorite holiday traditions

Bloggers Note: The traditions surrounding the holiday season are part of what make it so special. In Making Christmas and What Happens at Midnight--my novellas featured in All I Want For Christmas--both celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve traditions. To spread the merriment of the season, I have invited five writers to share their favorite holiday traditions on the blog this week. Enjoy!


By Kasey Ferris
Huffington Post and The Good Men Project contributor

I love the holidays.

I’m not one of those people who walks around bah-humbugging Christmas carols, nor the person who calls snow, “That dirty four-letter word.” (I’m really good at dirty four-letter words, you guys – I’ve got much better options for you.)

I love the smell of cookies baking, I love Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas," I love sitting on the couch with a glass of wine and admiring our tree all lit up after the kids go to bed.

Most importantly, I love the outpouring of love and kindness this time of year because, at the end of the day, that’s what this season is supposed to be about. It’s important to me that my kiddos see this love and kindness. It’s important to me that they get the message that Christmas isn’t about the presents under the tree.

So this year I’ve decided to start a new holiday tradition with my family. Starting on November 30, we’re spending 25 days spreading random acts of kindness.

When I came to my kids with this idea, I was frank. We talked about the terrible things going on in the world. We talked about how, while we’re on a strict budget, we are so incredibly blessed to have what we do – a home to come to at the end of the day, food in our bellies, warm blankets on our beds. We’re together, safe, happy, healthy...and these are things that many people in the world unfortunately do not have this holiday season. So instead of going all-out with presents we don’t necessarily need, we’ve decided to put some time, money, and energy into spreading kindness in our own corner of the world.

The idea caught fire around my kitchen table and, before the evening was over, the kids and I had come up with all 25 acts we’d like to perform. Before the evening was over, they were already getting started on some of their ideas. Before the evening was over, they were individually naming many of the things they’re grateful for, saying nice things to each other, and coming up with even more ways to spread joy.

Because that’s the thing about kindness – the more you give, the more it grows.

I’m excited to start this tradition with my kids, and I’m ready for it to restore my own faith in humanity. I’m excited, too, to spend the season doing something meaningful with my children in lieu of being grumpy about shipping costs and winter storms. Sometimes the most rewarding things in life are the things we do for others. Sometimes, those things we do for others end up helping us more than we could’ve ever imagined.


About the Author
Kasey Ferris is a freelance writer currently querying her first novel, One Step Forward, and "writing" (read: eating Oreos, downing coffee, and re-evaluating her life's choices) her second. She's a mother of five and can frequently be found writing about her crazy adventures. She is a regular contributor at Huffington Post and The Good Men Project. You can catch her on facebook.com/KaseyFerrisWrites.

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About All I Want For Christmas
Making Christmas by Laura Chapman
While settling into a new career in a new community, Ivy is determined not to let the holiday season pass her by. Enter the grownup advent calendar: twenty-four days of festivities to celebrate Christmas. What begins as a bit of fun turns into a mission to spread cheer when she meets Everett. After learning about his bad Christmas attitude, she invites him to join her quest. Despite his initial reservations, Everett quickly gets caught up in the spirit of the calendar. But when new feelings surface and are impossible to ignore, Everett’s inner curmudgeon threatens to put a damper on the whole experience.

Nine Ladies Dancing by Cat Lavoie
Casey Ellis is the last person who should be planning her office’s holiday party. Convinced she’s plagued with chronic Christmas bad luck, Casey isn’t interested in tempting fate. But when putting on a party planner hat seems like a good way to get closer to her longtime crush, Casey takes charge—and braces for impact.
When things start to fall apart—just like Casey knew they would—will she run and hide, or will she learn that bad luck can sometimes turn out to be Christmas magic in disguise?

The Christmas Surprise by Samantha March
Juliette Mabry is a happily married stay-at-home wife and mother...until there appears to be trouble brewing in her nearly ten-year marriage. Juliette takes it upon herself to find out if her husband is up to no good, but does she want to know the truth? Everything is revealed on Christmas, and Juliette is in for her biggest Christmas surprise.

What Happens at Midnight by Laura Chapman
Romantic comedy junkie Natalie lives out those fantasies in real life three New Year's Eves in a row when fate throws her together with the same handsome stranger. A heartbreaking turn of events leaves her swearing off of love, forevers, and the holidays (bah humbug). That is until the mystery man from her past reappears years later. Over a holiday season, Natalie struggles to reconcile the whimsical notions of her past with the practical sensibilities she has worked so hard to develop. With the countdown to a new year looming, she must decide whether or not she is willing to give happily ever after another shot.

All I Want For Christmas is Now Available


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