Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Blog Hop #13: Shannan Albright


Happy Holiday's

Here we are one day to Christmas Eve and I wonder what the heck happened to this year? It feels like only yesterday that it was January 2011!

Only yesterday that I was just a kid with my biggest worry being if Santa would have me on his good list and my "special" present would be under the tree waiting for me. 
Being a mixture of Basque and Cajun our traditions were a bit different. Our presents from each one were the only ones under the tree on Christmas Eve. My family, which consisted of my mom, step-father and half-sister would open our presents on Christmas Eve. Then sit down to a meal of either Jambalaya or a Fricassee. Both were family traditional meals that came from our roots in Louisiana's Bayou. 
Then around ten at night my sister and I would be bustled up to bed. Told we needed to be fast asleep before Santa came or there would be no presents for us. Boy, to say it was difficult to get to sleep would be an understatement.
Eventually we would get to sleep only to be awoken by the sound of bells ringing and my mom waking us to announce Santa had just left. For some reason Santa always made it to our house around three in the morning every year. We would rush downstairs with giggles and screams of delight as we saw our heart's desire waiting for us under the tree and our stocking jammed full of tasty treats. 
Christmas day was a time of family and friends gathered around the kitchen table chatting and prepping for the huge feast being prepared.
To this day I follow the same traditions, but now the hallmark of the holidays, the feast is at my home filled with family and friends and tons of laughter. 

To celebrate this wonderful time of year I will be giving one lucky commenter a $25.00 Amazon Gift card and a PDF of the anthology 'Twas a Dark and Delicious Christmas. Sure to heat up your holiday season. Go to my blog and leave your comment and email for your chance to win

Be sure to check out all the wonderful authors who are sharing their memories of this holiday season and remember to comment on their blog to be entered to win.

Participating Authors

Bobbi Brattz December 11th
Franny Armstrong December 12th
Regina Carlysle December 13th
Elizabeth Amber December 14th
Brita Addams December 15th
D.B. Reynolds December 16th
Beth Trissel December 17th 
Tori St. Claire December 18th
Amy Romine December 19th
Skhye Moncrief December 20th
Carrie Ann Ryan December 21st
J.S. Wayne December 22nd
Shannan Albright December 23rd 
Claire Ashgrove December 24th
Jacquie Rogers December 27th
Keta Diablo December 28th

Anne Holly December 29th
K.D. Grace December 30th

Hope your Holiday is happy and safe!


  1. Hi, Shannan. That was a nice post; it was sweet.

    I look forward in reading your works.

    Happy Holidays to All.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  2. Nice post. Heading over to your blog to comment
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  3. Thanks Tracey and Debby. I look forward to hearing from you.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing your memories and Christmas traditions. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com