The Countdown Tara Randel

Is it Christmas time already? 

I just finished a book deadline and let me tell you, there were no Christmas decorations in my house until Tuesday. In an odd sort of way, I enjoyed decorating a little bit later in the month. I’ve never been one to decorate right after cleaning up my Thanksgiving meal, although there are plenty of people who can’t wait to finish off the pumpkin pie so they can put up their tree. There is plenty of excitement early on in the season this way.

But as I pulled out the boxes of snowmen and holiday cheer to decorate, I had a pleasant day. No stress. No hurrying. No where to be. I took my time for the first time in years. I think I might start a new tradition.

As for another new tradition, I downloaded some Christmas books as a present to myself. Maybe my stress-free zone has allowed me to sit back and enjoy reading this season. The books I’ve read so far have been wonderful. I’ve been able to sit back with a good book, hot tea and become immersed in the holiday season.

I’d like to wish you all a very, Merry Christmas. Enjoy time with your family and friends. Take a moment to remember the Reason for the Season. I look forward to another awesome year with my fellow Heartwarming authors and incredible readers. You guys are the best!


  1. Congrats on making your deadline, Tara! Enjoy your holidays and have a Merry Christmas!

  2. Tara, You are taking the season as it was meant to be I think. Not hectic and rushed, but relaxed and stopping to savor the traditions. Enjoy every day from now to the holiday, and on to the New Year's celebration. I'm looking forward to all of the books that come out every month. I am behind on my reading, though.

  3. Good morning, Tara. Congratulations and meeting the deadline. Nothing feels quite as good as being finished (a least, for a week or two). Decorating with a peaceful spirit is the way to do it. One of my treats while I was decorating was watching GONE WITH THE WIND on Turner Classic Movies. With your first name, you must feel a special connection to that movie. Merry Christmas to you, too. All the blessings of the season on you and your family.

    1. My mom and grandmother loved GONE WITH THE WIND, so that's where my name came from.

  4. I'm one who decorates the day after Thanksgiving. I only get to do things in bits and pieces. Santa is going up today (big figure for hallway) and the Christmas cards should go out - way behind there!

  5. My husband puts up lights BEFORE Thanksgiving- so embarrassing since he insists on putting them on, earning us lots of neighborly teasing! My Deadline is Feb 1st and I'm feeling the stress of not falling off schedule. Especially since Greg volunteered us to host the extended family dinner- 25+ people! He wonders why I'm stressed because- as he says, we can just buy some cakes from Sam's Club- arrrrrrrgggggghhhhh! Congratulations on meeting your deadline :) and Merry Christmas

  6. Now you get to sit back and relax! You made your deadline and everything else will fell into place. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Enjoy it :)

  7. December is always so hectic. I'm looking forward to finally having some free time for myself as well. Hope you have lots of fun during this holiday season.


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