I’m that guy who watches It’s A Wonderful Life every year on Christmas Eve, and still tears up every time!
Over the years, I’ve built up a number of personal traditions around the holiday. As many people on my mailing list know, part of my holiday tradition for many years was to write and record a new Christmas song every year for family and friends, usually with my sister-in-law at the microphone. Every season I post a link to one of my favorite tracks, “Show Me Christmas” which I recorded in a basement studio with a live band and a guest singer – probably one of the most polished productions of my holiday songs (most of the others were done on a 4-track recorder in my office). You can still listen to “Show Me Christmas” on my Music page. You can also visit my Christmas Tree blog from last year, where you can see pictures of my tree.
I’ve always loved giving something creative that I made with my own hands as a Christmas gift, whether that was a song or a batch of holiday caramels. I’ve given Christmas chapbooks, and CDs of original Christmas songs to family and friends over the years. A couple years ago, I published a short collection of some of those creations — stories and lyrics — in an ebook called Christmas Tales.
This year, I’ve updated the Christmas Tales ebook with color and some graphic touches, to make it a little more festive, now that e-readers are a bit more advanced. I’ve also made the ebook available from Apple’s iBook store, the Kobo store and from Google Play.
If you’ve downloaded Christmas Tales in the past from Amazon or B&N, I hope you’ll update your version (I believe you can re-download it for free since you’ve bought it in the past.)
If you haven’t read it yet, I hope these stories and lyrics will bring some Christmas cheer to your week! Here are links to the book’s various pages:
I hope all of my friends and readers have a Merry Christmas!