I can’t tell you how pleased (and breathless?) ;o) I am to welcome Debbie Macomber to Read-A-Romance with a Christmas post! What a special holiday treat. (and lol on the camera lens…) ~ Bobbi xo
Celebrating Christmas With Debbie Macomber
Tell us about a favorite Christmas/Winter Holiday memory.
One of my favorite memories of Christmas comes from my childhood. Every year our family attended Midnight Mass and I can remember being about eight or nine and feeling proud that I could be trusted to hold onto a lighted candle. The church was filled with music and song with trumpets announcing the birth of the King. It was rare, if ever, that my brother and I were allowed to stay up that late. We must have taken naps because I don’t ever remember feeling tired.
Are there any special traditions you follow at Christmas?
Wayne and I decided after our children married that we didn’t ever want to place them in the awkward position of having to choose one family over another to share the holidays with. We came up with the idea of celebrating the holidays on off days. So for Christmas we celebrate the weekend before, giving our kids the option of setting up their own traditions or celebrating with their in-laws. One favorite Christmas festivity is our annual progressive dinner. Each house volunteers for one of the courses: soup, appetizer, salad, main course, or dessert. That way we get to visit each house. The host family distributes the gifts to the grandkids. Wayne and I provide the main course, which is generally prime rib or ham, and then we play Bingo with Wayne calling out the numbers.
Do you have a favorite Christmas dish or holiday treat?
I love fruitcake. My mother had a variety of recipes but our favorite was the traditional fruitcake with all the goodies. It just didn’t seem like Christmas without my mother’s fruitcake. As she aged I took over the baking and enjoyed sharing the fruit of my labors with family and friends, the same way mom did.
Tell us about a favorite holiday gift you’ve received.
My husband’s family wasn’t much into celebrating Christmas and then he married me, the woman who puts up six Christmas trees and spends weeks preparing for the holiday. It’s truly a Scrooge meets Mrs. Santa Claus. It’s taken years of coaching but Wayne has come a long ways in the area of gift giving. Early on in our marriage, while he was still struggling with the idea of spending money on gifts, he purchased me one that has long remained a classic. My dear, loving husband bought me a lens for his camera. While it wasn’t my favorite gift it was certainly memorable.
Please share a favorite Christmas or holiday-themed book.
I would like to mention one of my own stories, which I wrote early in my career, titled CAN THIS BE CHRISTMAS. This book is special to me because it’s based on an experience my parents had one Christmas traveling from Seattle back to Yakima. The pass was closed due to avalanche danger and they were trapped in a small town. Because of the heavy snow we couldn’t get to them and they weren’t able to turn around and get back to us.
CAN THIS BE CHRISTMAS was my first holiday single title and the beginning of the tradition of writing a holiday book every year.
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 750 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Eight of these novels hitting the number one spot.
Macomber owns her own tea room, Victorian Rose Tea Room & yarn store, A Good Yarn, named after the shop featured in her popular Blossom Street novels. She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative.
A devoted grandmother, Debbie and her husband Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington (the town on which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida. Discover more at www.debbiemacomber.com.
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