Saturday, December 1, 2007

Make Advent Real! Here's How

Tomorrow, Dec. 2 is the first Sunday of Advent. Raising your family's consciousness regarding Advent is a good way to remind them of the spirituality of this very commercial holiday season.

The simplest way to do this is to use a pre-made Advent calendar. These range from the inexpensive card-stock "open the windows" type to beautiful cloth calendars with pockets. One year, I baked up little cut-out cookies and constructed my own calendar using simple plastic snack bags (like sandwich bags, only smaller) and pinned them (use safety pins) in calendar fashion, to a felt background. I hung the finished "calendar" from a wooden dowel.(Pin the felt around the dowel--very simple.) Each day's bag held four cookies--one for each child, as I only had four, then--and was numbered on the outside with a permanent marker. (You could also use festive stickers to make it prettier. Or, use icing to write the number onto the cookies before assembling your calendar.)

Our calendar wouldn't have won any "Good Housekeeping" awards for beauty, but oh, the children loved it! Since it was a visual reminder as well as a gustatory delight, it had a double impact. Add to that a simple daily reading from scripture or an appropriate book of your choice, and you have a wonderful family tradition that brings meaning to all the bustle and busyness of the season.

Ultimately, it isn't the gifts on Christmas Day or the pretty tree in your livingroom that is soul-satisfying for either you or your family. Oh, they play an important part in our hearts and should be continued. But it is the birth of Christ and what that meant for the world that brings lasting contentment, long after the tree is taken down and the gifts have been used or outgrown.

For more ideas on keeping Advent, check out this link .

A Regency Advent

During the Regency, church-going families would have been well aware of Advent. In fact, for most average people (not upper-class) the season began the week before Advent with Stir-Up Sunday.

"Housekeepers or cooks, mindful of Christmas approaching, would start their Christmas pudding now. Poorer families had often been contributing to a "pudding club" for months in anticipation of being ready to afford the important dinner course."
"Stir-Up Sunday" became the unofficial start to the Christmas season. How the day got its name will surprise you: more on that in my next post!

[quote taken from Regency House Christmas: The Definitive Guide to A Remarkably Regency Yuletide!"

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Make it Kind to Yourself

In her book, The Complete Holiday Organizer, Emilie Barnes says

  • Our world doesn't stop because the calendar says it's holiday time,
    so be kind to yourself, and ask for help. Keep those goals and
    expectations realistic and spend time celebrating the part of
    Christmas that means the most to you.

  • This is such good advice! I firmly believe that what we all want most out of the season is time with our very own family, and what we all need most is time with our Lord. (Aren't these the things that matter?) Why not consider getting the Regency House Christmas package for some help doing both?

    Maybe you really love some quiet time just enjoying carols and music of the season.
    Why not ease your shopping burden by getting it done online? If you don't like browsing online, well, allow me to suggest that the Christmas Package I offer makes a wonderful gift! Women in particular seem to enjoy it, though men also appreciate the many different things it offers: From history to recipes to one-of-a-kind reading selections.

    When you start downloading the package (which I've separated into 14 separate downloads to make it easy on your computer!) you just won't believe all you're getting at such a bargain-price: Only $14.95 until December 1st.

    Act now. Don't wait.

    Get the best deal on the book that will be offered this year.

    You won't regret it. Guaranteed!


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    [Quotation from, The Complete Holiday Organizer, by Emilie Barnes. Harvest House, 1987] p.103

    Monday, November 19, 2007

    Make it easy with Impossible Pumpkin Pie

    Supermarkets are loaded with pumpkin pies these days, but in case you like home-made best, here's a super simple "impossible" pie recipe. (Crust prepares itself.)
    Taking a few small steps like making this recipe over a more time-consuming one can ease matters for the home cook who wants to put only home-prepared food on the table.

    Impossible Pumpkin Pie

    16 oz pumpkin
    12 oz Evaporated milk
    2 Tablespoons butter
    2 Eggs
    3/4 cup sugar
    1/2 cup biscuit mix (such as Bisquit)
    2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
    2 teaspoons vanilla

    Heat oven to 350 F.
    Grease a deep dish or 10" pie plate.
    Beat all ingredients together with a mixer on medium speed about
    two minutes or until smooth. Pour into pie plate. Bake 50 to 55 minutes
    or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serves 8.
    Serve with whipped cream.

    For hundreds of more recipes, see the entire Regency House Christmas package Here

    Wednesday, November 14, 2007

    The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

    I just saw a great article called Keeping-Christ-In-and-Stress-Out-of-Christmas with some great ideas for over-frenetic souls. If the rush of the season is burning out your joy, you might want to click the link (above) and see the full article.

    I believe that keeping Christ in Christmas is THE single most important way to revive flagging hearts and souls. In the Regency Christmas Package, there are a couple of downloads that can help you do just that, not to mention the pages of beautiful poetry and snippets of hymns that emphasize the holiness of the season.

    For historic interest as well as an uplift in your spirit, the three famous prayers of Jane Austen--that most famous regency author--are in the book. (Despite all the Hollywood hoopla cashing in on Jane, there isn't much notice of her faith and devotion to the Lord. Her prayers are sweet evidence of them, however, and worthy of being read aloud to the family during a December night at dinner or afterwards. You'll want to print them out to read more than once.)

    For times of quiet reflection or boisterous singing, there are two separate downloadable ebooks --both included in the package--of Regency era carols, hymns, ballads and even a short play that can be acted out. Another great print-out you can take advantage of.

    If you decide to hold a 19th century night (see my other posts on this page for how to do this easy, yet season-altering activity) you'll want to print out some of the many "Fireside Stories" I stuffed into the book, to enjoy at leisure.

    I can guarantee that if you simply plan a few nights--even if you don't get to it until after Christmas--your experience of this holiday will improve. Your family will have new memories to boot. They'll forget most of what was unwrapped rather quickly--but time spent together, either using the games in the book, or some of the reading, or other ideas--will last a lifetime.

    PS: I've kept the package at a family-friendly price--in fact, it's a bargain! Over $300 worth of value right now, for less than $15. It's last year's price but bigger and better than ever! You'll discover a new era (the Regency) that you didn't know you loved, and you and your family or friends will discover that Christmas really can be the most wonderful time of the year!

    PSS: Price is going up on December 1st or thereabouts. Please hurry!
    You can grab a copy using the button on this page, or go here:
    The Christmas Book Page Enjoy and be blessed!

    Saturday, November 10, 2007

    Can you SMELL the season? Here's how.

    Did you know that memories are triggered by olfactory stimulants (smells) more than visual ones? In other words, looking through a photo album can bring back memories, but studies show that getting a fresh whiff of a scent from the past brings it back more strongly than visual reminders. For some reason, the olfactory nerves are wired that way--they lead right to the memory center of the brain.

    If you've ever been fortunate enough to walk in a pine forest you know that powerful scent of "Christmas"--It's stronger than what you can get in your home with one tree. There are trees which emit a wonderful aroma but even so you can add the feel and joy and SCENT of Christmas to more of your home with the following simple recipes. (They're taken from "A Homemade Christmas"--just one of 39 free downloads you get with your Regency Christmas Package. Just FYI.)


    3 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
    2 tablespoons of ground cloves
    1 tablespoon of anise seed
    1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
    1 teaspoon of ground ginger
    1 quart of water.

    Mix together. Add water. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally, then simmer on low.
    Enjoy the scent of Christmas in your home!
    Dry mix can be used as a gift, too.

    Also, by having this little recipe on hand, you can easily add ambiance to your 19th century nights to make them even more enjoyable and memory-boosting. (Not sure what a 19th century night is? Look over the posts on this page to find out) Children, especially, will respond to this atmospheric addition, and you just can't overdo making memories for the family. Following are other Christmas Scent recipes in case you want variation, one for the crock-pot which is convenient especially if you have one of the smallest size crocks.


    Peels of 2 oranges
    3 cinnamon sticks
    12 whole cloves
    2 1/2 cups of water

    Combine in a saucepan. Simmer, add water as needed.


    1 pkg of pickling spice
    1 pkg of whole cloves
    1 pkg of stick cinnamon
    1 jar of apple juice

    Put in crock-pot. Fill to the top with water. Bring to boil, then put on low.

    The three recipes were all from that same ebook, just one page, and that book is only one of 39 more ebook downloads that will transform your holiday like never before, and take you back to the warm firesides and cozy retreats of the past.
    Get your copy today! (All orders are automatically entered into my contest, PLUS--for a LIMITED TIME ONLY--a free coaching call to "de-stress" your holiday with life coach Theresa Smith.) Go here:
    See the webpage and order here.

    Tuesday, November 6, 2007

    Make It Stress-Free

    Everyone knows the rush and worry of getting things ready for Christmas--make it easier on yourself by determining to ENJOY the season for a change. I've probably said this before, but it's when we slow down that we can refresh, refuel, relax--and enjoy. That's what my Regency Christmas Package is all about. (It's not just a book--with 39 bonuses, it's a whole package for you!)

    If you're still new to the concept of a 19th century Christmastide, let me review: In the early part of the 19th century, the season of Christmas was more about
    family and fun than gifts and giving. Sure, there was room for presents, and they did add to the fun, but they were just a small part. Focusing on the frenetic fifteen minutes or half hour of tearing into a pile of gifts is what gets us in trouble today. We spend an inordinate amount of time, money and energy preparing for that one *tiny* part of the holiday.

    I'm not here to try and deprive you of that part of Christmas. It's still important. But I do want to help you with perspective, increasing the time spent in areas that will leave you feeling fulfilled and satisfied afterwards, not with the usual lament of All that effort--all that money--and they're still not happy!

    (Believe me, I've been there, done that! I started Christmas shopping some years right after the holidays, beginning in January and going on until I felt I had "enough." Well, the definition of "enough" seemed to grow when I started early. By September I felt pretty much done with my family shopping and most of my friends, but I can't think of a single year when I didn't still get little extras right up until the big day. Little extras that add up to big expenditures. And all for fifteen to twenty minutes of chaotic present-opening. It's fun, too, of course, but it just isn't what it's all about!)

    A 19th Century Christmastide, right in your own home, can bring a feeling of satisfaction unlike anything in a wrapped box. Here's the idea:

    Decorate a little differently, making an effort to use as much live greenery as possible. This may mean waiting an extra week or two to put up a real tree, or real fir wreaths, real ivy and holly, etc. In my Christmas Book are instructions for making decorative sugarplums to beautify things even more. (Edible ones, too!)
    It's a look that just can't be copied by artificial things, though the store-bought counterparts are lovely, too.

    Next, download bunches and bunches of "Fireside Reading" and "Party Games"--both available in many shapes and sizes from the Christmas Package. Decide on a game or two, choose a story or two. (The choices are varied, and there's something for everyone, from "American Christmastides"--glimpses of the Yule Season back when the country was young--to "Tales of Wonder and Joy" [for kids from three to ninety-three]--and plenty others. You'll find much to interest you or any member of your family. For each 19th century night you want to have, pick something different.)

    Before settling down before the fire or hearth (or wood-stove, or an arrangement of scented candles), prepare an authentic olde English recipe (choose from dozens available) such as mull'd cider, wassail, or negus; berry scones or English "biscuits"--or, use one of the many modern cookbooks that come with the Christmas Book, and treat your family to brand new mouth-watering delights.

    Do you need my book to have a 19th Century night? No! You can take these ideas and adapt what you already own or have and make do just fine. Be sure to turn off lights (EXCEPT Christmas lights--they are one modern element that is worth keeping); and all noise. If it's a game night you're having,(using games from the book or a bonus book--not computer or video games) some light background music is acceptable. In the book, there are suggestions of period music for a more authentic experience, but you can choose any you like.

    If you do get the package (which I've put at the very family-friendly price of only $14.95--less than a large pizza with toppings!--)you make things easier on yourself, and of course get to read all about a Regency Christmas. (What Jane Austen REALLY ate and Charles Dickens remembered.) PLUS the 39 downloads of stories, games, readings, cookbooks, candy-making, gift-giving, etc! You get old carols, ballads, poems and more. Customs, traditions, myth-busters, history, facts, and dozens of beautiful illustrations. I'm even throwing in a new children's coloring book for the littlest members to enjoy while you snuggle up with "Old English Christmases" or "A Puritan Christmas," (or many others).

    Making room for just a few 19th century nights during December can change the way you feel about Christmas this year. Choosing just the right "Fireside Reading" can thrill your spirit and give you more Christmas joy than you've had in ages.


    PS: It's a blessing for me and my family when I use the games, stories and recipes from the Christmas Book Package, and I know it will bless you and yours.

    Here's a sample recipe from one of 458 pages of yummy treats (from just ONE of your 39 free downloads!)

    New England Christmas Cookies

    3/4 cup melted shortening
    3/4 cup melted butter
    1 cup brown sugar
    1 cup white sugar
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 cup of sliced blanched almonds
    3 eggs, beaten
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 1/2 cups flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

    Cream sugar and melted ingredients. Beat eggs and add to creamed mixture. Sift together all dry ingredients and beat into dough. Stir in almonds. Form dough into small rolls and wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate overnight. Slice thin and bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE.

    (If you slice very thin, you can have two or three with your favorite Christmas drink, coffee or tea, and still not go overboard on carbs. Just watch carefully during baking because they'll bake up fast.) Enjoy!

    Tuesday, October 30, 2007

    About that Life Coach...She's ready to listen to YOU!

    REMEMBER--THIS IS FOR THE NEXT 25 BOOK ORDERS ONLY! Move your life ahead with Theresa's help! Make this your most fabulous holiday season ever.

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    Theresa co-designed and co-developed the Start Your Own Part-Time Professional Business Workshop for women. She also collaborates with her husband, Edward Smith, on Peak Performance Seminars for corporations and co-hosts the “Bright Moment” Peak Performance cable television show.

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    To take advantage of Theresa's free coaching call offer, you must be one of the first twenty-five people to order the book today! Hurry and get that order in now!

    Monday, October 29, 2007

    Make It before it's too late!

    Just a reminder that the FREE downloadable gifts now number over 35 (WOW) PLUS I have an experienced life coach who wants to give YOU a FREE forty-five minute life-coaching call, when you order the Christmas book between today and December 1st! How fabulous is that!

    Theresa A. Smith is a life and business coach who can help you move to the next level of performance or fulfillment you need. What's holding you back? What chaos is getting in the way of your success? Or maybe you just need help with managing the holiday this year--that's why Theresa is on board! To give you expert advice, strategies and know-how to overcome obstacles and move forward in life! She has agreed to give the first 25 Christmas book buyers the option of a free 45-minute coaching call with her--a $125 value!

    But hurry--Theresa's free offer is only for the next 25 Christmas ebook buyers! Her call is worth more than ten times the cost of the book! So what are you waiting for? Need a reminder about the other FREE GIFTS you'll get with your order? Just read through the posts, below, or go to: The Christmas page here

    You'll be astounded at all the things included with your purchase! And for me, it is a blessing to be able to bless others with such great value. Just, please, hurry up if you want the coaching call with Theresa! Only 25 quick-moving people can get her deal.

    Friday, October 19, 2007

    Make it Happen!

    Wondering how to make this year better than previous ones?
    It has to start somewhere.

    Have there been elements of past seasons that you do NOT want to re-live?
    Something may have to change.
    Sometimes, a big change is necessary. Often, however, making little tweaks here or there can make a BIG difference, transforming your overall holiday experience almost effortlessly.

    How can this be?

    Because it is the little things that add up to an "overall" experience. Consequently, little changes can bring about huge results.

    Where to start? I have the perfect suggestion.
    Since it's really the quietness of the season that most of us miss or never get to experience, (parades, shows, parties, exhibits are all fun, but it's when you nestle down cosily in front of your own tree, burn a candle, and muse near a fireplace or stove, that peace can descend) it stands to reason that finding a way to include this into your December can enhance your holiday immeasurably. Having loved ones nearby enjoying the same experience multiplies the effect, but even if you're by yourself you can enjoy some soul-renewing warmth.

    My Prescription:
    A 19th Century night is in order! (Perhaps a mere 19th century hour or two will do.) Here's how to do it: Having my ebook ahead of time will make it all much simpler, but even without it you can still do this.

    Turn off the lights except for the tree and other decorations if you have them; If you've already obtained some of your favorite Christmas music, play it very softly, because it's only for background effect. Light some candles, preferably aromatic seasonal ones. If you've a fireplace or wood-burning stove, use it!

    Print out a small selection of the numerous choices of "Fireside Reading" that came with your Regency Christmas Book from me.

    Now--get comfy. Make sure you're warm. Zip up a holiday treat (from the numerous ideas in the recipe downloads you get with the book.) One of my favorites is
    "Fireside Coffee Mix," on page 67 of the "Easy Gifts in a Jar" recipe book. (It's ridiculously easy and inexpensive to make the scrumptious recipes in this ebook, so why do we ever buy the chemical-laden ready-made junk from the store?) So, when you've got a steaming mug of Fireside Coffee or another hot libation of your choice (there are many mouth-watering suggestions in the book) put up your feet, rest your weary head, and:

    Enjoy! Savor! Smile! Laugh! Go back in time. To truly experience a 19th century night, you can whip up a wonderful wassail or mulled cider to enhance your evening. (How to make it? It's in the book, of course!)
    In another post I'll discuss the various types of wonderful reading I've prepared for you. I have specially hand-picked recommendations for music, too, which will help evoke the era.

    When you leave your cosy retreat back in time to resume your 21st century life, you'll find yourself feeling comforted, a bit more rested, and better able to face whatever is before you. How's that for a merry Christmas treat?

    More next time,
    Stay tuned!
    Blessings in abundance,

    PS: With all the new, free bonuses (see below "Make it a Steal" for details)and the ones still coming, it makes getting this book a no-brainer! The value of the package FAR exceeds the cost, and there is a six month money-back guarantee, to boot!

    Thursday, October 18, 2007

    Make it Real

    You know, when I wrote Regency House Christmas, I was aiming to tear the veil away from the shroud of mystery over the holiday at the very turn of the 19th century, when the hedonistic regency was about to begin, and England had still not fully recovered from the earlier bans on the holiday. During the process, however, I became so enamored of the quaint customs, the quiet expressions of faith and joy, that I realized history, once again, had something to teach us for today.

    When you read my book, I would encourage you to put on a pair of "virtual" headphones (to protect the atmosphere the book creates for you); to snuggle up somewhere quietly and immerse yourself in the period. Select a yummy holiday drink from the free recipe book (the download link is IN the book) before sitting down, or just help yourself to one of your own favorites--and get comfy.

    Choose a heartwarming tale, a poem, an excerpt--throw a few logs on the fire if you have one, or light an aromatic candle (fir-tree, balsam, cookie-dough, anything that conjures up a seasonal feeling in the air) and give yourself a virtual bubble-bath of 19th century holiday charm.

    When you're ready to return to life, you'll be refreshed.

    More ideas ahead. But don't forget--get a copy of the book today before the price goes higher!

    Wednesday, October 17, 2007

    Make It a Steal!

    Christmas is a time for giving. Since I'm asking you to trust me enough to get a copy of my Christmas ebook, the least I can do is give back in return. As I stated earlier, I am delighted to heap lots of quality goodies into a "Regency Christmas Package" so that you'll be delighted, too. I won't ask for a penny more for all the bonuses and premiums--if you had to pay extra for them, they would no longer be gifts!

    So here's the deal (and I'll make it a steal!) When you get just one copy of "Regency House Christmas" (title to be changed, possibly to "Christmas in England: Under George IV") you will not only receive more than 175 info-packed pages with readings, stories, poems, recipes, lavish illustrations, additional downloads, links, shopping tips, and more, BUT you will also get: (drumroll, please)

    ALL of the following:
    1. Fabulous Pumpkin Pie Recipes
    2. Christmas Cookie Recipes
    3. Great Gifts in a Jar
    4. How to Deal With Holiday Stress
    5. Carols and Hymns, Traditional and Ancient, for a Regency Yuletide Celebration
    6. Holiday Candy
    7. Christmas With Sir Roger de Coverly (18th Century)
    8. English Housewifery Exemplified (1794 Cookbook--the Complete Text!)
    9. "Little Britain" by Washington Irving
    10. "The Mistletoe Bough" (a treasure from Trollope)
    11. "Old Christmas" (another Irving gem, with quaintness to the nth degree)
    12. "Ancient English Ballads for Christmas"
    13. "The Bells" (A touching tale of the Season)
    14. "The Chimes" (A Dickens'Story)
    15. "Under the Mistletoe" (A holiday "Home Sweet Home" from Louisa May Alcott)
    16. The Young Readers Christmas Book
    17. King Winter (An old, old, German Children's book, translated, with original illustrations)
    18. Aesop's Fables for Children (Beautifully illustrated! And not just for kids.)
    19. A Puritan Christmas (In which Christmas in old America comes alive.)
    20. American Christmastides: "A Winter Roundup" (Heartwarming delights)
    21. "Our Christmas at Wheathedge" (American Christmastide)
    22. "An Old Time Christmas" by Paul Lawrence Dunbar (American)
    23. American Christmastide (This one by Jane Abbott)
    24. "October Charades" (Perfectly demonstrates how the Christmas parlour game was played!)
    25. Peace on Earth, Good Will to Dogs (A hilarious American tale)
    26. "The Old Peabody Pew" (Another offering of Christmas Americana)
    27. "Cowboy Christmas" (Old-time Western Christmas)
    28. "The Christmas Waits in Boston"
    29. "Christmas on Old, Windy Mountain"
    30. Christmas Eve on Lonesome (an excerpt)
    31. The Famous "Unfinished Christmas Story"
    32. Red-Robin ("The effect was very Christmasy")

    HAD ENOUGH, YET? Wait, there's more!

    33. 115 Gift-Giving Tips
    34. The Big Book of Christmas Tales (35 more stories for hearth-side pleasure)
    35. Christmas Song Book (22 Carols including musical scores)
    36. 50 Great Christmas Decorating Ideas on a Budget
    37. Fun Craft Projects
    38. A Read-Aloud Book of Children's Fables

    And that's not all--right now I'm in the process of working with people to get even more freebies!
    My next post will have more details on them, as well as suggestions on how, exactly, to use all this great stuff!

    Tuesday, October 16, 2007

    Make It Delicious!

    There are hundreds of recipes in the "Regency Christmas Package," meaning, that if your taste buds--and those of the ones you love--aren't fully delighted this coming Christmas season, all season long, then you haven't been exploring all the possibilities at your fingertips--if you have the package, of course.

    Are you a history buff? Make an authentic old English syllabub--a Regency dessert that was highly popular with everyone from Jane Austen to the prince regent! (It's in the book).

    Like puddings--without any modern chemicals and better-tasting beside? (There's a whole book of 'em in the package.)

    Like REAL food, period?! The beauty of old recipes is that there are no additives, no food colorings, no chemicals, just 100% all-natural ingredients. That doesn't mean it's all necessarily good for you, of course, but at least it's more wholesome than modern counterparts. Additionally, you can make your own mixes for yourself or others (use them as gifts--so easy to do, so much less shopping, and so yummy!).

    Here's a simple pudding recipe to try just in time for the colder nights we're starting to have: (One of 169 old puddings in just one of your free downloads)

    Apple and Honey Pudding
    Raw Apples, cut in small pieces (to make 4 cups) About 5 apples
    Three slices of bread, shredded, or bread crumbs
    Butter, two teaspoons
    cinnamon, two teaspoons
    Honey, 1/2 cup
    Hot water, 1/2 cup (substitute apple juice or cider, if you prefer.)

    Put a layer of the apple in a greased oven-proof dish
    Then a layer of crumbs
    Mix the honey and hot water, and pour a little over the crumbs.
    Sprinkle with cinnamon, then dot with a few pats of butter.
    Fill the dish with alternate layers of apples, crumbs, honey,
    and spices, leaving a layer of crumbs on top. (Optional: Sprinkle with sugar)
    Cover and bake in a 350F.oven for 45 minutes.
    Serve with cream.

    Simple, and yummy. Enjoy.

    Another post will detail the Christmas Feast, old-English style. Stay tuned.

    Make It Special

    Christmas was always special for me, but once I became a Christian, it was extraordinary. More than anything else, I want to share that love for the Season of Christ's birth, and I can't think of a better way to do it than by stuffing my ebook into a much larger package of goodies, so that you'll feel extremely gift-laden when you get your hands on it all--without question!

    You see, a Regency Christmas, far from being a pale shadow of what came under (Queen) Victoria, was actually a less commercial, much more personal holiday. I can't *make* you adopt my faith, nor would I wish to; I probably couldn't convince you of how wonderful it is to know the One whose birth the day celebrates. But here's what I can do: Give you the simple resources you need to improve your holiday immeasurably, no matter what you believe.I can share a little of the joy and wonder in this small way.

    Everyone longs for a Christmas filled with love, warmth, and good memories. These things are not tangible--they don't come in a box, nor wrapped in pretty paper. But they are attainable.
    My ebook supplies many ways to enjoy the togetherness that promotes loving--and lasting--memories. Laughter that comes not from watching TV, but from playing games with those you love best; Quiet reading, or shared reading, that is of a quintessentially Christmas essence, allowing you to actually enjoy your labor of love that went into decorating your home, and your tree.

    There's more....oh, so much more! Please do come back or sign up to be notified of my next posts! You don't want to miss this! Tomorrow's post--Make It a Steal! (A list of the "goodies" you'll get for free with my ebook, no kidding.) There's nothing else like this around anywhere --I guarantee it.

    Wednesday, September 12, 2007

    Have Yourself a Remarkably Regency Yuletide

    Everyone wants Christmas to be special. Memorable. Wonderful.
    And why not? It only comes once a year.

    The best way to have a special Christmas is to surround yourself with people who love you.
    I can't supply those people for you.

    What I can offer is a compendium of Christmases past. A book stuffed with beauty and history, lavish illustrations, and a baker's dozen of downloadable delights to enhance your Christmas this year,
    wherever and whoever you are.

    The warmth of fireside tales,
    The delight of authentic old-English wassail,
    Parlour games you can play today,
    Christmas recipes fit for a feast,
    Plum-pudding (with an easy-fix option your child could make )

    Poetry, sacred and not;
    Hymns; Snippets; Excerpts; Illustrations.

    Is your Christmas Spirit lagging?
    Has it failed to show up at all?
    Regency House Christmas: Your Guide to a Remarkably Regency Yuletide will revive you, heart and soul!

    You will discover wonderful facts about Christmases at the turn of the 19th Century in England--
    When Dickens was a child,
    Queen Victoria was only a baby,
    and Jane Austen was just writing her most famous work.

    Read about:
    Christmas Merriments,
    Entertainments, Parlour Games, Church Special Days, The Christmas Feast, Fireside Stories, Early Christmas Charities
    Plus links, websites, shopping tips, an index, and more!

    Regency House Christmas: Your Guide to a Remarkably Regency Yuletide!
    is a gift that keeps on giving.
    There are eight additional ebooks within this one book,
    AND, as new material is discovered and added to the book, you will receive new copies, without ever having to spend another cent! That's right, new editions are absolutely free!

    Also: CONTEST starting October 18th! Stay tuned for details.