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Christmas traditions? Love them or hate them …

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Traditions.  Some people love them … some hate them.  Christmas is one of those times when I think a lot of us share childhood traditions with our own families and create new ones (whether that’s intentionally or not!).  You might do it with gritted teeth or a sparkling smile but it’s something that most people can relate to.  

As part of Black & White Publishing’s blog tour for Stella’s Christmas Wish, author Kate Blackadder is sharing some of her own traditions with us today – I can guarantee you’ll be nodding along 🙂

First, here’s more information about Kate’s novel, Stella’s Christmas Wish.



Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 945 KB

Print Length: 180 pages

Publisher: Black & White Publishing (3 Nov. 2016)


One phone call can change everything…

Six days before Christmas, Stella could never have anticipated the impact on her life when the phone rings in her London office.

The phone call is from a friend of the family informing Stella that her grandmother has been hurt in a fall at her home in the Scottish borders and is in hospital. Torn between her responsibilities at work and the need to be with her grandmother she decides she must return to Scotland immediately.

However, on her return to where she grew up, it becomes apparent that her grandmother’s health is not her only concern. Relationships which have lain dormant for years are re-kindled and fresh opportunities present themselves – if she will only dare to take them…

Stella’s Christmas Wish, set in Edinburgh and the Borders, is published by Black and White Publishing at 99p.



It’s a tradition …


1) I still like to read The Night Before Christmas aloud on Christmas Eve although my offspring are in their twenties. We have two copies – same text, one has traditional St Nicholas illustrations and one has mice …


2) Watch Night Service. Mulled wine and mince pies beforehand. Church lit by candles. Carols. Even more magical if the sky is starry and there’s snow underfoot when walking home.


3) I suggest not having turkey. OK, they nod – then someone says anxiously, but we’ll still have chipolatas wrapped in bacon? Cue for them all to pipe up. And bread sauce? Roasties? Stuffing? Ah well. Another year perhaps.


4) Personally, I think a Christmas cake should have NO MARZIPAN but everyone else in my family loves the stuff. They like to sit next to me so they can eat mine as well.


5) Take turns in opening stocking presents – Santa has to remember to give everyone the same number.


6) Skyping geographically distant relatives means comparing flushed faces after Christmas lunch. You got away with it when it was just a phone call …



In Stella’s granny’s house, when Stella and her sister were at primary school, it was a tradition for them to ask their friends round for a tree-decorating party and to make a wish. Now Stella is grown up but the decorations are the same:

The fairy’s wings had become a little crushed over time and her stiff white skirts were no longer so white. But her expression was as sweet as ever and her wand still held the promise of a wish asking to be granted.

One of our traditions is to collect greenery for decorating our home the day after the Winter Solstice.

I would love to know about yours.


kate-blackadderKate has had around fifty short stories published and three magazine serials. Stella’s Christmas Wish, is her first full-length novel.

Connect with Kate Blackadder

Kate’s blog

Twitter @k_blackadder

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 Don’t forget to check out the other hosts on tour.


Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board working alongside others to instigate change and growth. I'm also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for eight years at Jera's Jamboree.

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