Temple West's Snow Day

Today, I have a favorite Christmas memory from Temple West with pictures:

I grew up in the desert. Bare rock, carved by the wind, skies burnt by the sun. We had fake Christmas trees every year. Then, when I was 9, we moved to the Pacific Northwest. There were trees everywhere. We started buying live Christmas trees off the cornery grocery lots. And then, at some point, we started going up into the mountains to cut down our own (with a permit, of course). It wasn't any cheaper than getting it from Safeway, but it was a heckuva lot more fun. We'd scour the mountain for hours, getting stuck in the snow, having epic snowball fights, drinking coffee from those old-school travel carafes on the back door of the truck. When we finally found the one, my dad would saw it down and we'd strap it to the roof of the truck and sing Christmas songs all the way back down the mountain. We'd get home, change into our sweatpants and Christmas socks, and celebrate with hot chocolate and a fire in the fireplace. Pretty much the best way to get a Christmas tree, I highly recommend it. If you can't take your family, grab your roommates or your neighbors!

Don't you just love this memory? Living in the Philippines, snow isn't a thought here. But I remember my first experience of snow when my family and I traveled to Washington DC. It wasn't even in December. I had a ton of fun.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Make sure you grab a copy of Temple's novel. It makes a great by-the-fireplace read. All the info are below:

After losing both her parents before age 17, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte doesn't feel like moving, starting a new school, staying with her estranged aunt, or…living at all really. But after a terrifying encounter with a supernatural force, she learns that the world is a lot more complicated than she thought. Also, her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian (who might have just saved her life) is actually a half-demon vampire.

Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard determined to protect her. And Adrian has decided the best way to do that is for the two of them to pretend to be dating. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. And then there's the supernatural threat that flung them together in the first place—Adrian's demonic dad!

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