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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.

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

 

ALYSSA’S RECIPE:

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.

Willie—turkey

Korie—crawfish pie

John Luke—fried shrimp

Sadie—sweet potato casserole

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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.

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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)

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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 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.

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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”

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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!

Crazy4Fiction End of Summer Update and Exciting News!

Morning, readers! We’ve had a busy end of summer and wanted to give a quick recap and share some EXCITING NEWS (see below for details).

At the end of September, the Crazy4Fiction team traveled to St. Louis, Missouri for American Christian Fiction Writers Conference (ACFW) and were blessed with the opportunity to chat with new authors, in addition to our wonderful stable of Tyndale House authors.

Below, take a sneak peek into our author event, where Tyndale authors such as Lisa Wingate, Candace Calvert, and Allison Pittman met, chat, and mingled with top bloggers and industry professionals.

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From left to right: Crazy4Fiction dessert table, Ice breaker game, authors Carre Armstrong Gardner and Allison Pittman with Publisher Weekly Religion editor Marcia Nelson. Authors Cathy Liggett, Lisa Wingate, and Candace Calvert chatting over coffee.

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From left to right: I loved getting the chance to chat with Romantic Suspense novelist DiAnn Mills. Blogger Ane Mulligan and author Lisa Wingate. Senior Fiction Acquisitions editor Jan Stob and I loved chatting about books with avid CBA blogger Rachel McMillan.

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From left to right: Authors Gina Holmes, Allison Pittman, DiAnn Mills, and Cathy Liggett playing a game. Author Carre Armstrong Gardner chatting with a blogger. Author Lisa Wingate and CBA Retailer and Resources editor Cathy Ellis playing a game. Top photo: Senior Acquisitions editor Jan Stob with one of her authors, award-winning novelist Lisa Wingate. Below: Senior Acquisitions editor Stephanie Broene chatting with author Candace Calvert and Leslie McKee from Romantic Times.

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From left to right: Author Carre Armstrong Gardner signing her novel for a blogger. Top left: Senior Acquisition editors Stephanie Broene and Jan Stob posing with medical romance author Candace Calvert. Bottom left: Authors Allison Pittman and Janice Cantore playing a game. Top right: Tyndale authors and industry professionals mingling. Bottom right: Authors Rene Gutteridge and Carre Armstrong Gardner talking about life and writing. Candace Calvert playing a game.

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We have some big news from Tyndale House Crazy4Fiction. We are very excited to announce the launch of our official Crazy4Fiction Facebook page. Be sure to like us on Facebook to keep track of ebook deals, giveaways, and the latest inside publishing news. 

And check back on the blog next week for a Facebook-exclusive prize packed giveaway!

Happy reading!

 

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