Day 7 of my 12 Authors of the Holiday Season...with guest Susan Berger - don't miss the ***GIVEAWAY*** - check out the 2nd page for details!
O Christmas Tree
By Susan J Berger
One of my best joys of the season is putting up my Christmas tree. Every ornament on that tree holds a precious memory. Here are a few of them.
I began collecting my own ornaments in 1967 when I spent my first Christmas in NYC. I went to F.A.O. Schwartz and found a set of 12 teddy bears for only $2.50. I still have one of them (pictured above).
In 1975 Barry and I were on route to a job at a dinner theatre in Birmingham Alabama when another car made a turn into our lane. We limped into Birmingham and spent all our money fixing the car. A friendly soul lent us an artificial Christmas tree and we made our own ornaments. Barry made Santas and suns. I made unicorns and lions. Barry also make some insane looking reindeer but those didn’t survive.
In 1976 I did a musical on Broadway called The Robber Bridegroom. For Christmas I made the cast Robber Bridegroom ornaments duplicating the costumes. The ornaments pictured are the heroine Rosamond and Jamie Lockhart, the Robber Bridegroom.
The mouse is from my mother’s collection. Everyone gave her mouse ornaments. This is one of my favorites.
Once our children were born we bought them each a special ornament every year. They also made ornaments for us. Now they have collections and children of their own. Chris has already made a Eugene ornament for his and Melanie’s tree. I am working on one for mine.
Read on for the rest of this blog post, including info about Susan's picture book "Mom, Is There a Santa Claus?" and the GIVEAWAY!
I have written Christmas poems for myself to keep me sane. Raising children is a crazy-making job. And I know it’s even worse right now with COVID restrictions.
I also wrote a Christmas story because I needed an answer for that moment when my oldest son asked me if Santa was real. It was published by Guardian Angel Publishing and translated into Spanish. Sadly, Guardian Angel closed its doors last month. Another victim of COVID. I bought K.C. Snider’s art and will be republishing it myself. A few copies are still available on Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/There-Santa-Claus-Susan-Berger/dp/1616337982. The Spanish edition is currently only available from my personal stock.
I wish each of you a host of joyous memories this holiday season. 2020 has been dreadful decade-long-seeming-year. I am grateful everything I have right now. And I am grateful for the chance to be on this blog. Go buy a Christmas book to add to your stock. There are so many wonderful ones out there. I bought three.
I am giving away 10 PDF copies