baby its cold outside


kate hardy My favourite holiday memories, traditions and food :o)


Because my closest family and best friends from university live quite a way from us, we don’t get to see them around Christmas itself – so we have a tradition of ‘early Christmas’, which means I get to have Christmas every weekend in December, complete with traditional Christmas dinner, crackers and party hats, and a little pressie from ‘Santa’ to unwrap. (These vary from sensible chocolate reindeer to the year I was a bit inspired, and my daughter gleefully told her classmates: ‘Santa gave me a box of poo!’ It also contained a sunflower seed and was a fundraiser for London Zoo!) 


I normally do a very traditional English Christmas dinner – roast turkey with roast potatoes and parsnips, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower (the latter two are in place of Brussels sprouts, which are more traditional but everyone in my house hates them), plus cocktail sausages wrapped in bacon. 


For pudding, we’re a bit less traditional – nobody in our house really likes Christmas pudding (it’s just too stodgy, and my husband loathes dried fruit), so we tend to have a fresh fruit salad with fresh pineapple, kiwi fruit, pomegranates and strawberries or raspberries. (I have one of those gadgets that lets you core the pineapple and take the fruit out while leaving the outside intact, which looks quite cool when you use it as a serving dish.)


I think my favourite memories are from when the children were very small and the absolute look of wonder on their faces when they came downstairs to discover that Rudolph had eaten his carrot and Santa had eaten his choc-chip cookie and left a huge pile of presents. And the year one of their godmothers gave them some special food for Rudolph that sparkled at night so Santa could find our house :o) And definitely the year it snowed so we made snow angels. (Um, you might notice that particular bit in my novella…)


I always love finding something they’ll NEVER guess for their Christmas stockings. I have a great one this year for my teenage son, who insists on growing a moustache – I’ve found a sandwich-cutter in the shape of a moustache!


Thank you Kate, for sharing your favorite holiday memory! What lovely memories.

Wishing you and your loved ones a very MERRY CHRISTMAS from the team at My Book Addiction and More!


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The blog tour for Baby, It’s Cold Outside starts this week! A brand-new holiday anthology with truffle-sized romances from four of the best authors in romantic fiction, this is one you don’t want to miss. Kate Hardy, Heidi Rice, Amy Andrews and Aimee Carson will be visiting blogs for interviews, guest posts, and some great giveaways! Who needs to buy gifts when  you can win a free e-book, plus gift cards and more? Keep them for yourself or pass on the joy – either way, don’t skip a single stop on the Baby, It’s Cold Outside blog tour!


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When a freak blizzard hits America’s Eastern seaboard, four pairs of strangers spend a hot night together one cold Christmas season!

‘Tis the Season to Kiss Santa by Kate Hardy

With the help of a sprig of mistletoe and some snow angels, a recently single pastry chef teaches a highly successful and sexy Scrooge the true meaning of the holidays on a snowy Christmas Eve that quickly heats up.

‘Tis the Season to Love Shopping by Heidi Rice

When a Christmas Day blizzard strands an up-and-coming marketing manager and her boss’s very off-limits, very hot playboy son in his department store, the two toe the line between naughty and nice as they unwrap their holiday presents—and each other!

‘Tis the Season to be Kissed by Amy Andrews

A down-on-her-romantic-luck kindergarten teacher plans to drown her New Year’s Eve sorrows in a gallon of spiked eggnog, but the arrival of her best friend’s sexy brother threatens to melt the snow piling up outside the tiny Vermont cabin.

‘Tis the Season to be Tempted by Aimee Carson

After the worst year ever, a jilted music manager rings in the New Year alone, swearing off men forever. But things get complicated when her brother’s best friend, the perfect man with the perfect body, tempts her to break her vow—if only for one hot night!

Title: Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Anthology)
Author: Heidi Rice, Kate Hardy, Aimee Carson, Amy Andrews
Genre: Category – Contemporary Romance
Length: 260 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62266-810-6
Release Date: November 2012
Imprint: Indulgence


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  1. Thank you so much for having me!

    Baking with your grandmother sounds like a fabulous memory, Susan. I'm planning to do some baking with my daughter this weekend – we have new Christmas-tree shaped cookie cutters and we're dying to try them out 🙂

  2. My favorite Christmas memory is the year that my dad was without a job for the previous 9 months and our family was very tight on funds. There wasn't going to be any presents that year until our church family swooped in with gifts for each of us kids. It turned out to be one of the best Christmas' ever! 🙂

  3. I love hearing about the way other people celebrate Christmas. My Chrissy lunch sounds very much like Kate's except I freaking love Xmas pudding! It's the one thing I couldn't do without!

  4. I am sure there are more memories still yet to come, but one that sticks out for me is when my brothers were younger and all about this certain video game that they didn't think they would get, so when they got it for X-mas they were so shocked they started screaming like little girls (we have the pics to prove it too)… please note there were also 6 (actual) little girls there at the time all shocked speechless (for once) by their display:)


  5. Sheri – how absolutely LOVELY of the people at church. And that's really what Christmas is all about. Amy, iiiiick on the pudding! (LOL – we've had that conversation before now). Yadira, I'm cracking up (also imagining my son and his friends being like that about an X box game, and my daughter and her friends' reaction). BN100 – me, too. My daughter and I rebelled this year and bought new decorations (I had my eye on these penguins and reindeer). Son and husband help with the chocolate decorations, but they can also scoff them in about 2 seconds flat!

  6. Loving the Christmas memories! Especially the screaming boys (made me laugh) and the Church pressies (which made me cry – in a wonderful way)… And I'm with Amy on the Christmas pud. Love it with lashings of brandy butter and cream. Goodness Kate, what are you thinking????

    And although I don't expect to win the prize my favourite memory is one year when we were little and my Dad put a clock on the stairs on Christmas Eve and said we must not pass it till it read 6am the next morning! We woke up at 3am (as usual) and stared at it for an hour before my brother said 'I think it's got a dial on the back that let's us move the hands?' It did, we did it! And my very sleepy Mum & Dad had to laugh about it afterwards, and give us points for ingenuity!

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