Christmas Holidays Gifts of Love Blog Hope Victoria Pinder writing as Greta Buckle


Christmas brings lots of traditions, doesn’t it? And living in Miami, it’s still Chanukah season. I grew up Irish Catholic, but I’ve been to enough parties now to throw in the ‘Chag Sameach’ to my friends in Miami. To the rest of the world that is Happy Holidays Hebrew style.  And Merry Christmas to my family! Adult world is duel holidays for me these days, what I know is that I’m down to celebrate anything joyous.

Now onto the blog. Part of me believes Christmas is for children. I’m busy buying presents for the niece and nephews. The adult in me though gets happy and sad around this time.

Tradition number 1: Sappy Christmas movies and novels. For movies, Sandra Bullocks’ While You were Sleeping and Colin Firth‘s Love Actually are must see December movies. And shock, Lifetime isn’t showing all girl gets beat down and fights her way back depressing movies. I’ll tune in for the Christmas cheer.

Tradition number 2: Buying presents. For the past few years, I’ve been my mother and my brother’s secret shopper. This year, I’m so busy, I’m letting everyone else handle their own shopping. Giving this up is hard.

Tradition number 3: Going to the parents Christmas morning. Dad will bahumbug at least once while passing out the presents. Someone is going to get upset over something and drama will unfold. (Not planning on being the center of the drama, but one never knows.) Then we reunite over Hot Chocolate and mom’s breakfast or lunch.

Tradition number 4: What do we do as a family? My dad worked for Warner Brothers before I was born. The politicking of what movie will start soon. I want to see Les Miserables, but the men are vetoing this. The plan was Star Trek, but that’s been pushed back. So I’m positive the solution will be the Hobbit. I have a feeling those Scorpios are secretly planning this to be the movie, but first causing the drama. Does announcing I suspect this on a blog mean I agree? Hmm.

Tradition number 5: Family and dinner. Grandma is coming over. She’ll finally tell me she has my book, Mything You. Buy hereMythingYou_1400x2100

My uncle bought it for her, but hasn’t delivered.  Grandma is happy with my choice of the fantasy pen name, Buckle. I used her maiden name. My mother and grandma are not readers, at all, so her owning a book at all makes it a rare thing.

Every holiday I hope and pray for the family drama to end and forgiveness to reach my sister’s hearts. It’s been years since they spoke, but we’re Irish and stubborn as mules in my family. If you are reading this and have a thought to spare, please spare a moment for the Pinder family. To me letting negative energy fester for so long is more self destructive than letting people into your life again. I’ve lost the ability to talk sense into the two grown women though, and can only pray they remember the point of the whole holidays. Also on my list of prayers, I’d like to sell novels to find a new life, and in the new year find a good man. These cannot be found under the tree or on a blog, but well wishes are appreciated.

What do you wish for me to pray for you during the holidays? I find it easier to pray for others, so let me know! Please add this to the comments. If you just want to say hello, it’s cool too. You can still win when you leave your email. I will choose at random a number out of a hat to receive an ebook copy of my book, Mything You.

Hugs everyone, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, and Happy Holidays for all.

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41 thoughts on “Christmas Holidays Gifts of Love Blog Hope Victoria Pinder writing as Greta Buckle

  1. Mything You looks marvelous – it’s on my list. Which is growing. Families are always difficult – I’d love for everyone to escape the dramas and just be together ..that would be my wish.

    thank you for participating, sharing and all the best of the season to you and yours!

    glhince at gmail DOT com

    1. So many people with cancer these days. My aunt has breast cancer and she’s refusing all medical help to stop it. Two of my uncles died. Yet other uncles, my grandmother all have determination and drive to win and they lived through it. My prayers and thoughts are with you Cassandra. It’s so hard.

      Merry Christmas

  2. All families have their rough times, but they all come back together at some point because they are family.I will say a prayer for you. With the economy the way it is my kids are having a hard time getting started in their lives, and it hurts my heart. At the same time though families are having to come together to make it, so that part is good. Thank you for your prayers.Hope your holidays are better than you expect.:_

  3. I wish for peace within our family again also and my family to accept I am back with my DH and I am happy , he is my soul mate and I will always love him. I also wish for my DH to find a job closer to home.

    Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!


  4. I thank a general pray for anyone is great but right the people of Newton CT need them. Thanks for the chance to win and Merry Christmas

    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  5. Kinda want to see Les Miserables. But this season just seems so somber and crappy.. My hubby’s uncle died a couple days back and then the shooting. I bleed for those family who loss their cchildren.

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

    1. I was away over the weekend when this happened. Being from Boston originally, I’ve been through that town. I have family and friends in the next town over and I think the big mall I’ve been too a dozen times with a Macys is technically in Newtown. I have not processed this pain those there must be going through. It’s unimaginable and horrible.

      And I’m sorry for your husband’s uncle. It has to hard.

      Merry Christmas, no matter what. (I’m having someone else choose the number tomorrow.)

      Wish I knew the bigger picture and could offer more comfort to people. But you are in my prayers Raonaid

  6. One of my favorite Christmas Romance Books is The Untamable Rogue by Annette Blair! The story is about Ashford Blackburne Fifth Earl and he has to get married and get his willing bride pregnant before Christmas or his grandfather won’t let him inherit his money. Ash truly needs to inherit the money because his late father squandered it all away and he is taking care of his mother. After getting stood up at the alter, again, Ash and his friends go to the local pub where the owner plays a drunken Ash in a card game…his consolation prize is the pubs daughter Larkin, who he wants to get ride of. Ash has to learn to forgive…Larkin has to learn how to trust…can two completely different people find love together. This is a cute, extremely funny, romantic story with a surprise Christmas ending!

    1. Definately Isabelle. There is nothing worse than your dad being sick. One of the biggest reasons I moved home at twenty years old was for that reason. And I hope and pray you get a happy ending on that one too. My dad is still here and our relationship is better than it was my entire childhood. I hope and pray the same for you and he makes a full recovery.
      Merry Christmas

  7. What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!

  8. I’m spending this holiday season with my family and hoping to win so I can read more romances. I don’t have an ereader. Happy Holidays! lisarayns at gmail dot com

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  10. Prayers for ya hun. A nice prayer for me would be for the ability to make the holidays joyful again since my mother past away 2 yrs ago. It was soooo her fav. She always went all out. Everyone got TONS of presents & food. Since her passing thing are not the same. Saddly my girls 12, 13 & 15 years old really miss her to. They were spoiled by her. I just wish to make it through the season with a smile. how’s that. 🙂
    Happy Holidays, May God Bless & Big Hugs
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 @netzero .com

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