Christmas Traditions with J.F. Jenkins

Today, we have J.F. Jenkins, author of The Dragons Saga: Legend of the Oceina Dragon and Vala:Agendas, visiting with us on the blog! Without further ado, I’ll turn things over.

Everyone has traditions they have leading up to the big winter holiday. Some are personal, others are family related, but without them the season doesn’t feel complete. I could sit and talk about all of the wonderful family traditions I have. There are several on both my side of the family, and my husbands, that I greatly enjoy. We have a good time over the holidays all around and I feel truly blessed. I’m going to talk about my own personal traditions though, and some might seem kind of silly.

Shopping! One tradition of mine is to make sure I have all of my holiday shopping down by the end of the first week of December. Am I crazy? Maybe, but this is something I started doing a long time ago and ever since it’s made the holiday a lot more enjoyable. Instead of fighting with people in the check out line at a store, I can walk around with ease. It feels good to be able to invest time and thought into my gifts as well as save the money I would like to use to make sure my family gets things that are truly great.

Holiday Must Haves! There are two movies I have to watch every Christmas or it doesn’t feel complete. “Holiday Inn” and “Love Actually” (any old claymation classics like “The Year Without a Santa Claus” and “The Real Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” are always an added bonus!). To me it’s just not Christmas without these two films.

Christmas yum yums. I have to have holiday cookies. There’s just no way around it. Do I need to say more?

Merry Christmas to ME. I take the time to do one thing fun, or get myself something special, every year for Christmas time. Sometimes it’s something simple like going out and getting a special dinner, or getting myself that one special something that I know for certain I won’t be getting on my Christmas List (this year it’s a special notebook, I’m saving for). It’s important to treat and reward yourself sometimes, even if it’s something small. It’s part of the relaxing holiday.

The Annual Christmas Special. For the past couple of years I have been writing a special blog Christmas story. My one from last year has been posted for the past several weeks on Tuesday Tales. It was a pretty long story and about seven or eight parts long. This year I’m still trying to figure it out, but it should hopefully be a fun little treat. It’s always a lot of fun for me to write something holiday related.

So tell me some of YOUR personal holiday treats, and check out my blog soon for my gift to you guys.

The Dragon’s Saga: Legend of the Oceina Dragon:Darien Oceina is the youngest son of the Great Dragon Lord of the Water. For years he¹s loved and cherished Tai Dawson from afar. Tai is a simple, ordinary girl who doesn¹t even know Darien exists. On his eighteenth birthday, he chooses her as his wife. But there’s one problem: She thinks his choice means she¹s going to be offered as a sacrifice to the Dragon Lord, but instead, she’s forced to move to his home, far away, to give up her life and be his bride.
When she first sees Darien after the ceremony, she doesn’t expect to feel anything but hatred toward him. The two are struggling with the complications of a new marriage when their nation is attacked by a rival dragon species. Together they learn to love one another while they struggle to stay one step ahead in a game where the prize is their survival.

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Vala: Agendas:
Cheyenne Loveless was just a boring sixteen-year-old girl. Then Denver Collins bit her and everything changed. Her plants start talking to her, she finds out she’s a Nymph, and a witch and the angel of death show up at her doorstep to take her away to the prestigious Vala School and Seminary. Oh, and she has no choice in the matter.
All she wants to do is blend in and return to being invisible, but the more time that passes, the harder that becomes. Plus she’s a daughter of the Divine, an exclusive secret society which rules the world of myth, and discovers she is a key ingredient to an ancient covenant created before she was born. A covenant that will reshape the order of the world.
Adjusting to a new school is difficult enough, but adding on everyone else’s hidden agendas is the icing on the cake. Cheyenne must learn to see through the lies in order to find her place — and possibly even love — in this new world.
Out Now!
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  1. Jill,I have to watch White Christmas and A Christmas Story (LOL). We normally wait until the last minute for our Christmas shopping, but this year we got a head start and for once we'll be able to kick back and relax!

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