Maggie Blackbird

Romancing Canada's Indigenous People



Since we’re now into December, author Brenda Whiteside is guest blogging today about all things Christmas.  Read on to here what she has to say…


I love another man besides my husband. And I’m not giving him up because I’ve loved him all my life.

Santa Clause.

Yes, I do believe. Everything about the Christmas season can be wrapped up, tied with a great big silver bow, in two words – Santa Clause. He’s the spirit of giving, the sound of joy, the wonder of magic and pure childlike fun.

He sets a fine example of unconditional generosity with his spirit of giving. We give more this time of year and not just the stuff we walk the malls and shop the sales for like sweaters, ties and those travel toenail clipper sets in the center aisle. With the booming of his ho-ho-ho, joy jumpstarts the festive season. He’s known by many names and is in so many places at once, you can’t deny his magic quality. And if you believe like I do, then you can grow older but not up.

Santa was the inspiration and the subject of my story “An Elfin Secret” in the anthology Warm Christmas Wishes. He also inspired my story “On the Way to the Snow Ball” but in a very quirky way.

I’d like to hear what your favorite part of the holiday season is. Leave me a comment and I’ll have a drawing for a copy of Warm Christmas Wishes (ebook or print version). Merry Christmas!

Brenda has three releases this December:

By Brenda Whiteside

Her novels are available at Melange Books:

Warm Christmas Wishes
Honey on White Bread
Tattoos, Leather and Studs

Brenda loves to hear from readers and can be reached at
For excerpts and her latest contest news, visit

Brenda Whiteside

About the author:

Brenda has been writing all of her life in one way or another from the captions on her childish artwork to teenage psychedelic scrolls to her current novel.

After publishing several short stories, she turned to writing novels. Regardless of the length of her story, the characters drive her forward, taking her on their journey of discovery and love.

Her life is blessed with three creative soul mates. Her son, a singer/song writer, lives with his lady in a far off western town in the pines. Brenda and her husband, an excellent photographer, live in Minnesota, a nature wonderland that captured her heart nineteen years ago. They share their home with their dog, Rusty, who creates joy (and is the smartest dog in the world).

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She blogs on the 9th and 24th of every month at
She blogs occasionally on her personal blog

24 thoughts on “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

  1. LINDA B says:



  2. LINDA B says:



  3. Congratulations to Ciara, the winner of today’s drawing for a copy of Warm Christmas Wishes.


  4. Shelly – it’s the best time of the year for the mall. I’m a really bad shopper, prefer catalogues, but the mall is fun this time of year.


  5. Ciara – too bad we can’t keep him year round, huh?


  6. Jenny – thanks for stopping by. It’s great to share an author spot with you!


  7. Jenny Twist says:

    Hi Brenda
    Lovely post, Brenda. Congratulations on all your releases. Santa Claus inspired one of my stories in Warm Christmas Wishes, as well (sort of).


  8. Ciara Knight says:

    Santa is such a gift at Christmas time. I love the spirit of Christmas. Three releases in one month, wow, that is amazing.


  9. Congrats on all your releases 🙂 I like the air of excitement at the local mall plus all the decorations. This time of the year makes for some excellent people watching.


  10. Thanks, Maggie. I enjoyed it. Have a great holiday.


  11. Brenda, thanks for guesting today. I really enjoyed your holiday post. All the best with your three books. Love the title for Tattoos, Leather and Studs!


  12. Hey, Mac. Thanks for the comments. Same to you.


  13. Mac Crowne says:

    Brenda, charming post. I agree, Santa Claus and the spirit of Christmas can not fade. They are there in the heart of a child and a grown child too. Santa is my brothers and sisters, racing me down the stairs on Christmas morning. He is the twinkle in my father’s smiling eyes, now that he is gone, and my little boys’ shrieks of excitement now that they are grown and having little ones of their own. Thanks for the sweet reminder, and may you have a blessed Christmas season.


  14. Good way to put it, Amy. Thanks for coming by.


  15. Hi Liz, well said. Thanks for the memories!


  16. Liz Selvig says:

    Merry Christmas, Brenda!
    I love the Magic of Christmas too. And Santa Claus is a huge part of that, of course. I remember when the cookies used to disappear on Christmas Eve and sometimes the reindeer would leave hoofprints in the yard — my kids would go nuts! I still love that he leaves special gifts in our stockings that we don’t expect! I love the decorating and the songs and the presents. But most of all I love remembering the real meaning of the season — it wraps all the magic, the good food, the love and the giving spirits around us in a context that can’t be topped! Thanks for a great post! Hope you have a magical, blessed holiday!


  17. Amy Hahn says:

    I always tell my kids, you can believe in Santa as long as you believe in the magic of Christmas! Thanks for reminding me of how much I also love Santa!


  18. Thanks, Barbara. And thanks for dropping by.


  19. Hi Jody. We do feel the same way about Christmas. Have a very merry one!


  20. Jody Vitek says:

    Nice post Brenda. Christmas is my favorite holiday and the only one I go all on for decorating. Like you, I still believe in Santa, the spirit of Christmas and joy it brings to most. The holiday isn’t so much about gifts for me but more about setting up the tree, decorating and being able to make others in my life happy. I love Christmas music and sometimes in the summer months you can even find me humming a Christmas tune. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Merry Christmas Brenda! May your Christmas Elf bring you something a little special this year.


  21. barbaralongley says:

    I feel the same way about Santa! Nice post.


  22. Good morning, Maggie. Looks like we beat everyone else up this morning.


    1. Yes, it’s crazy to think I have the dogs walked, minor chores out of the way, and a couple of pages written before 7:30. Eek.


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