Thursday, December 19, 2013

Atria Authors Share Their Holiday Traditions


John Connolly:  Not calling it the “holidays”.  That’s such an American thing.  It’s Christmas.  If you don’t believe in Christmas, you can call it what you want, but there’s something terribly namby-pampy and wishy-washy about Happy Holidays.  I don’t think we’ve embraced the term at all in Ireland, in large part because we don’t really know what it’s supposed to mean.  ”Season’s Greetings” is as far as we’ll go.  Other than that, not allowing the kids in to see their gifts until later on Christmas morning, once anyone who wants to go to church has done so.  We consider it delayed gratification.

Abbi Glines:  Going to the Christmas tree farm to pick out our tree. We spend way too much time because none of us can agree. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

William Kent Krueger: The midnight Christmas Eve candlelight service at church.  It’s so…peaceful and hopeful.

John Lescroart: Believe it or not, we read aloud on Xmas Eve — “The Night Before Xmas,” the Bible story of Christmas (“At that time, in the reign of Caesar Augustus, it was determined that a census of the whole world be taken, etc.”), and “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.”

Liza Marklund: Lately, we’ve spent the holiday season in the Masai Mara in southwest Kenya. My family co-owns a safari camp outside of the village Oololalimutia together with some other Swedes and a Masai family. For Christmas and New Year, we normally look for lions and cheetahs and eat ugali (cooked corn flour) and boiled goat.

Spencer Quinn: My favorite holiday tradition is deep frying the turkey in the driveway, with the whole family around. We always drink the same Belgian ale while we’re doing it. Footballs get thrown around, not too near the flames, in theory.

K.A. Robinson: Opening presents with my son Christmas morning.

M.J. Rose: Going to buy one new ornament in Bergdorf Goodman. I used to go with my mom every single year. And now that she’s gone I go alone – but it’s like she’s still with me and that makes me happy.


  1. A lovely story, Elizabeth - we've just started a family, so we're making our traditions beginning right now!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS on your family, Mark.

    THANKS for stopping by.

  3. Very interesting.

    A few of my blog friends have been sharing traditions each Sunday.

  4. That sounds fun, DogsMom.

    Traditions are great.