Monday, December 12, 2011

Holiday Blog Hop Day #2: Franny Armstrong

The Best Christmas of All, Comes From The Heart!

I believe that we are given gifts each day of our lives, yet Christmas is a time for joy and peace, a time to put all woes and cares behind us for a few hours and share the love and friendship we have for others. As a child, my three siblings and I spent many joyful Christmas days playing with the gifts we were given, but also offering our own happiness to our loved ones. I recall a year when, to my joy, I received a ‘Chrissy’ doll whose hair would grow long if I pushed in a button on her navel and tugged her ponytail. She was so cute and cheerful, her grin infectious. The hours I spent brushing her hair and playing ‘Mama’ I couldn’t count.
What was the pleasure about? Was it the gift, or the fact that our mom was the best of the best, and still is. She worked hard, went to college, raised four kids, and never gave up. I still think about that doll and love having my own ‘Chrissy’, my daughter, to keep the experience alive.

To each of you, may you find the joy we seek. To our soldiers, Blessings and Prayers for Everlasting Peace on this world.

Small Packages-A Christmas Story
Mainstream Romance: Contemporary, Autumn Rose 40+, Holiday (Christmas)
ISBN: 978-1-60435-489-8
Word Count: 34,950
Release Date: December 10, 2009
Book Reviews
Widow Paula Winters, romance author, Paula R. Prentice, wasn't interested in meeting men when her daughters sent her on a romantic cruise so she decides to use her two-week vacation to finish her novel and do some Christmas shopping.
Widowed workaholic Derek Rawlins is only on the cruise at his son's insistence and figures he can get some work done, not because he has plans on meeting any women.
When they meet, Paula wonders if he's the romantic hero in her next novel, or someone she wants to keep in her life permanently. This Christmas will bring them more than one small package to fill them with joy!

Franny is giving away a copy of her book Small Packages-A Christmas Story to one lucky person so jump over to her page and leave a comment.


  1. Franny, I had a Chrissy doll, too! Mine had reddish-brown hair. My mouth dropped open when I read your post because I had totally forgotten about that doll.

    Thanks for the fond memory.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  2. The world is filled with small pleasures. What you need to do is appreciate them.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  3. Isn't it amazing what a treasured memory can mean to others? I plan on making many, many more to come.
    Thank you for your responses, gals.

  4. Wow! And you still remember the doll from so long ago that gift most of had some affect on you!

    I remember one year I got a pink baby doll crib for Christmas and I used one of my baby dolls and my old baby blanket.

    I think I'd always put my "baby." to bed when I went to bed!

    It's kind of hard to believe we can still remember childhood things like that when we're all grown up!