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With the holidays fast approaching, the search is on for the new and trending. But Christmas is all about tradition, and so in the next week, I am sharing some of my top five (in random order).

1470378_10202637624447071_1093424118_nThe fireplace – A half-century old piece of cardboard captures a special kind of magic with the warmth of family Christmases. Held together by decades of Scotch tape, my mom and dad made sure this faux hearth was the real heart of our Christmas as the stockings were added and our family grew – from two to seven to 24 – all hung on Christmas Eves for as long as I can remember. Miraculously, the worn structure held up under the added weight. When Mamaw and Papaw downsized, the fireplace was relegated to garage storage until last year when, after my mom’s death, my sister, Di, brought the fireplace back into use with the original stockings for Christmas celebrations for the next generations.

In the “The Twelve Days of Christmas” cousins Darcy and Noah experience holiday adventures that criss-cross the state.

To start a new Christmas tradition, get your copy of the book, read it with those you love and discover the joys and uniqueness of Indiana.

To order the book click here 

 Join me for holiday readings and signings throughout Central Indiana.

Coming up soon: Small Business Saturday book signing/reading at 1-3 p.m. at Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore in Indianapolis 

Holliday Author Fair – 12-4 p.m. Dec. 6, Lilly Hall at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick History Center on the Canal

http://www.indianahistory.org/events/holiday-author-fair

 Be thinking about your Christmas traditions and share yours along with photos.

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