I’m so happy to have author Patricia Kiyono visiting with us today to talk about Christmas in her home. Take it away, Patricia!
Christmas at My Home
My husband and I have five children between us. Three are married and we have nine grandchildren (so far), and almost two great-grandchildren. Holidays are busy and noisy! Until ten years ago I worked full-time, so getting ready for Christmas was a challenge. Fortunately, my husband does nearly ALL the cooking in our house. My duties were to purchase and wrap the gifts and clean the house (the second has always been a challenge for me!).
When the kids were growing up, we always celebrated together on Christmas Eve, since the older three always spent Christmas Day with their mother. But once the kids began their own families, we had to make some adjustments. Sometimes they come and go at different times, but they’re all here for whatever gift exchange we plan.
Several years ago, my hubby decided that instead of a sit-down meal, we’d have pizza ordered from his favorite take-out place. Everyone else brought snacks that we set out and grazed on all afternoon and evening. Getting rid of the dinner prep freed up a lot of time and bother, and left him free to help me with other preparations! We get several different varieties, and having a portable meal makes it easier for everyone to visit with each other.
While a beautifully decorated home and a fancy spread are nice, the connections with people are what count. I’m so glad we’ve chosen to concentrate on time spent with family. It’s made us closer as a family, and that’s something that Robert and Jeanne (the two main characters in Two Tutor Doves) crave.
Don’t Miss Two Tutor Doves
Robert Townley prides himself as an efficient and indispensible valet to Phillip, Duke of Bartlett. But when Robert is coerced into teaching the poor children at the duchess’ chapel school, he’s out of his element. Thankfully, he has assistance from some of the other servants, including the prickly Miss Brown.
Jeanne Brown is lady’s maid to the Duchess of Bartlett. She loves working with the children but can’t abide Robert’s lofty attitude toward them. She’d love to put him in his place — but she needs her job.
When the duchess decides to hold the school’s Christmas party in her home, Robert and Jeanne must put aside their differences and work together to ensure that the holiday celebration goes off without a hitch. Will they be able to endure the partnership, or will their sparks ignite something more?
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She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures.