Thursday, December 10, 2015

Guest Post- Nancy J. Parra/ Nancy Coco

I am always thrilled when Nancy J. Parra visits my blog. Nancy also writes as Nancy Coco with her A Candy Coated Mystery series. She writes as Nancy J. Parra with her Bakers Treat Mystery Series She is here today talking about Christmas Memories .

One of my favorite Christmas memories is the Christmas my father made my sisters and I a complete kid-sized kitchen. At the time he worked for a company that made displays and he had access to remainder materials and things at work. To this day I don’t know where he made them. They just appeared on Christmas eve. How do I know? That was the Christmas eve I woke up not feeling good and wandered downstairs to ask for water. My father stopped me, turning me around and reminding me that Santa was coming and I was supposed to stay in my bed. But not before I caught a glimpse of the kitchen set under the tree. I was good and never told my brothers and sisters that Santa had help from Daddy.

We used that kitchen for years until it fell apart. The stories we made up and enacted around the hinged doors and working knobs were both fantastical and ordinary. I’m sure I made many fudge recipes on the stove with old pots and pans and spoons for stirring. Today kids receive plastic kitchen sets, but nothing beats the love and attention my father put into that ply wood set with its shiny white exterior. In our hearts it was a miniature version of the real thing.

What is your favorite Christmas memory?

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For a fun Christmas short e-read, download a copy of “All I Want For Christmas is Fudge” on Amazon today.

Look for the fourth in the series, “All You Need is Fudge” July 2016.

Nancy J Parra AKA Nancy Coco is the author of over 20 published novels which include three mystery series: The Gluten-free Baker’s Treat Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime), The Candy Coated Mysteries (Kensington), and The Perfect Proposal Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime). Her writing has been called witty and her protagonists plucky by reviewers around the world. Nancy is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and writes for the Killer Character Blog on the 8th of every month. Nancy loves to hear from readers.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! Nancy


  1. One of my favorite memories is with my brother after our Santa believing days. We told each other what we knew the other was getting for Christmas. That night at dinner we told our parents what we wanted and we both said what we were already getting. My mom just looked at us and said "You guys told each other!" We denied it but we couldn't fool her. It was just something fun that my brother and I still talk about and we still remember the toys we told the other. Of course my mom remembers it also lol

  2. My favorite memory was when I was young and we were driven by mt father around the neighborhoods and gazed at the beautiful decorations and lights which made the night come alive. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  3. A memorable memory took place when our family visited old friends and we exchanged gifts and had lunch with the family. I never forgot the warmth which I felt and the memory still lingers. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. One year, on Christmas Eve, we went to the children's service at the church in the town 5 miles from our house. After that one, we went to the children's service at the church in a town 12 miles from our house. We lived on a farm and we kids were in both services. After both services, we received bags with candy and fruit and peanuts. From the second service we went to Grandma's house. It was snowing and we were so excited and singing all the way. Dad was a bit tense because the roads weren't the best. But we made it to Grandma's. All of our cousins were there. We had so much fun eating and opening gifts! And the snow was still coming down when we left Grandma's to come home. It was so pretty out! So cozy at home! So much fun to be together as a family!

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  5. I remember going back to Michigan to spend time with my Mom and Dad. I always went up there no matter what the weather was like around Lake Michigan. Christmas wouldn't have been the same not being with family

  6. This year my husband and I celebrated 25 years married, and our first Christmas together was spent in Florida during the worst freeze in decades. It was still wonderful, buying warmer Disney clothes, thoroughly enjoying EPCOT, finding a favorite pub, and giggling every time we saw Mickey and Minnie at the Magic Kingdom. We would return several times being able to channel of inner child over and over!

  7. Winners are Elaine and Kathleen! Congratulations!!!

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