Month: December 2014

Hey, Crazy4Fiction readers. This is Alyssa, associate marketing manager at Tyndale House Crazy4Fiction. Every year since I can remember, my family has dedicated an entire day to baking Christmas cookies.

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We make a large assortment of cookies, from peanut butter to mint to molasses. But my favorite has always been the classic sugar cookie cutout. (If you are interested, my recipe is below.) After all of the cookies are baked, we make tons of frosting in all sorts of different colors and decorate the night away. Please enjoy watching my family’s home video of our yearly tradition.


Please enjoy watching my family’s home video of our yearly tradition made by my brother, Zac Dixon from Identity Visuals.



White Butter Sugar Cookies

Cream together in a mixing bowl:

  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Mix together in a separate bowl:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix dry and wet ingredients together.

Chill dough for at least an hour and then bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.

There’s just something special about Christmas cooking that can always evoke a memory. Below, America’s favorite Duck Commander family, the Robertsons, share their favorite holiday treats.

Miss Kay—Lizzy’s cookies. They have candied cherries inside them.


Korie—crawfish pie

John Luke—fried shrimp

Sadie—sweet potato casserole


What about you, readers? Any favorite Christmas recipes you cannot wait to start baking this season? Perhaps you have a favorite cookie, like I do, that you wait for all year round! Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

25 Days of Crazy4Fiction Christmas Cheer, Week 3: Holiday Gifts

Hi, Crazy4Fiction readers! I’m Stephanie, a senior acquisitions editor here at Tyndale, and today I was asked to share about my favorite Christmas gift. Except . . . I’m going to break the rules a little and talk about my most memorable experience that has to do with gifts.

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You see, if I’m being honest, I can way too easily get caught up in the commercial craziness—endlessly looking for the best deals so that I can give more with less, checking items off my list yet adding more the more I shop. Not to mention making my lists so that my parents know what to buy.

It’s all a bit ridiculous when I step back and think about it.

Worse yet, I like to get the shopping done early so that I have exactly the right presents wrapped under the tree weeks in advance. My husband? Not so much. He’s a much more thoughtful gift-giver than me, but his busy December schedule rarely allows him to shop in advance.

One year, determined to avoid stressful, last-minute shopping, I did everything myself. I asked for lists, bought all the presents, and wrapped them all. Everything was perfect. But he had no connection to any of the gifts we gave, and it turned out to be a sad Christmas for him—the opposite of the effect I had intended!

In all my planning and prepping, I had lost sight of an important truth: in this case, it really is the thought that counts. Some of the best gifts I’ve received weren’t on my list (“Wow, you got me this perfume I asked for!”) but were special because they showed that the giver knew me and invested their time in picking out something they thought I would love.

Isn’t that the whole point of Christmas anyway? To celebrate the fact that our Father in heaven knows us and loves us so intensely that he sent the one gift he knew we would really need—his only beloved Son.

Keeping that in perspective should make my Christmas season a whole lot less stressful!

Miss Kay gives us a sneak peek of real Robertson family Christmas traditions in her novella A Robertson Family Christmas. Below enjoy a peek into some of their favorite holiday gifts.


Miss Kay–Diamond ring Phil got me got Christmas of 2013

Willie—my drum set

Korie- karaoke machine when I was 12

John Luke- $200 in gift cards for food and gas from Mamaw Kay

Sadie- Max (our dog)


Your turn! What is the most disastrous gift-giving experience you’ve had? Or what’s the most thoughtful gift you’ve received?

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25 Days of Crazy4Fiction Christmas Cheer, Week 2: Holiday Memory

Hey there, Crazy4Fiction readers! Jan here, senior acquisitions editor at Tyndale House. Today I would love to share with you one of my favorite Christmas memories to keep up the Crazy4Fiction Christmas Cheer.

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When I began thinking through the possibilities, many came to mind, from poignant moments with loved ones to the cheery unwrapping of gifts on Christmas morning. I decided on a memory that makes me laugh and smile fondly whenever I talk about it.

I come from a large family—four siblings, 22 nieces and nephews, and 32 great-nieces and -nephews. Every year, prior to the holidays, we try to gather this large, crazy crew together to celebrate Christmas. And every year someone is recruited to don the well-worn Santa suit and hand out gifts to the little ones.

Several years ago, it was my turn. I threw on that suit, shoved a pillow under the jacket, and took on the role of Santa. It was so sweet watching the children staring up at me in wonder. I loved seeing the expectation on the kids’ faces as they received their gifts . . . except for five-year-old Caden. I noticed him eyeing me skeptically. After all the gifts were handed out, I changed into my street clothes and sneaked back into the room.

Jan Santa

I turned the corner, and there was Caden, waiting to greet me with a confident, “I know you were Santa.” I did my best to distract him and convince him otherwise, but he was quick to point out that Santa wore the same boots as I did—and the same jewelry (oops!).  When I pointed out that Santa had left through the front door, while I had just come from the kitchen, he scowled at me and said with disgust, “Why do you lie?!” and stormed off. I still chuckle when I remember the look on his face.

May your Christmas be filled with joy and wonder! And may we all remember that Jesus is the reason we celebrate the Christmas holiday. Don’t be distracted by the impostors.


All families have their silly Christmas traditions, including the Robertsons. Below is a peek into some of their favorite holiday moments.


The Robertson Family’s Favorite Christmas Memory

Miss Kay—About two months before Christmas, years ago, Phil and I were separated. Phil was a non-Christian at the time, but when we got back together as a family at Christmas, he had become a Christian.

Willie—Gangnam Style bit

Korie—Putting reindeer food on the roof and listening for Santa Claus when the kids were little

John Luke—Our family’s Evolution of Dance for the talent show

Sadie—When our family did real-life Elf Yourself for the talent show


It’s amazing the lasting memories that occur when you get the whole family together. Were you ever a Santa impostor like me?! Share your favorite Christmas moment in the comments!


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25 Days of Crazy4Fiction Christmas Cheer, Week 1: Holiday Tunes

Hey there, readers. Shaina here from the Crazy4Fiction team! I can barely believe we’re only 25 days out from Christmas. This time of year always makes me think about past holiday memories and what I’m thankful for. I am especially grateful to our authors for sharing their beautiful stories and memories with us. In particular, I wanted to give you some behind-the-scenes glimpses from Miss Kay and the Robertson clan to celebrate their new novella, A Robertson Family Christmas. This month, on the blog and our Crazy4Fiction Facebook page, the Crazy4Fiction team will be sharing a few of our prized memories and Christmas favorites in addition to some fun thoughts from the Robertson family.


Today I want to talk about favorite holiday songs. Unfortunately, I am not musically gifted, but that doesn’t stop me from getting caught up in holiday cheer when a great Christmas song starts to play. No matter where I am—at the mall, in the car to work, or in church—Christmas music has the power to take me back to special times and memories in my life. In particular, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” always transports me to past days of decorating the house for the holidays. Being the youngest in my family, it was always my honor to sit on my dad’s shoulders to adorn the tree with the beautiful angel ornament we kept in layers and layers of Styrofoam peanuts the rest of the year. Just the first few lines of the melody always put a smile on my face as I think about my family’s holiday traditions.

Now take a peek inside the Robertson household this holiday season!

The Robertson Family’s Favorite Christmas Songs

Miss Kay—“Jingle Bell Rock” by Brenda Lee

Willie—“Jingle Bell Rock”

Korie—“Away in a Manger”

John Luke—“Christmas Cookies” and “Jingle Bells”

Sadie—“Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Christmas” and “Silent Night”


What about you, dear reader? What song always brings you some festive holiday cheer and lets you take a trip down memory lane? Are any of the Robertsons’ favorites yours as well? Share your thoughts in the comments below and visit us on Facebook this week to hear from the other Crazy4Fiction team members on their favorite holiday tunes!

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