Books make super Christmas presents so I thought I’d gather together a selection of gorgeous Christmas books that would make perfect stocking fillers. And my book for day eleven is the fabulously festive The Christmas Wish by Tilly Tennant.
Christmas is coming but it doesn’t feel that way for Esme. Jilted by her cheating fiancée Warren and mourning the death of her beloved grandmother she’s determined not to let life beat her and books a trip to Lapland, on a holiday that her grandmother had always dreamed of taking.
Beneath the indigo skies of Lapland, love is the last thing on Esme’s mind but she can’t ignore a spark with Zach, a broodingly handsome actor, also nursing a broken heart. But when Esme is bombarded by messages from Warren promising he’s changed and she discovers that Zach is hiding something-will her head be turned? And when a trip to the northern lights reveals the full extent Zach’s own secret past is there any hope that Esme will get the happy ending that her grandmother wished for her?
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Lapland at Christmas-time sounds lovely Tilly. Can you tell us a bit about your own festive celebrations? What is your favourite Christmas memory?
This is not my favourite Christmas memory, but it is one that really sticks in my mind. I was around seven or eight, and I was still sharing a bedroom with my little brother. We used to leave pillowcases at the foot of our beds on Christmas Eve rather than stockings (you could definitely get more in!) and, of course, on Christmas morning they would always be bulging with presents. On this particular morning, however, we woke to empty pillowcases. We both must have looked horrified, and after the initial shock, we desperately tried to think what we’d done that must have been so naughty that Santa hadn’t left anything for us. After a few minutes of this, with me almost close to tears, Mum came in, casually announcing that our gifts were far too large that year for pillowcases so Santa had been forced to leave them downstairs in the living room. I’ll never forget that horrible sinking feeling at seeing those empty pillowcases! Luckily, we were soon ripping open the gifts downstairs, and I was just relieved that I hadn’t brassed off Santa after all!
Gosh, I can imagine how disappointed you must have felt, Tilly! But I bet you were delighted to learn that your presents were too big to fit into pillowcases. 🙂 When do put up your Christmas tree? Do you prefer a real or artificial one?
My other half hates to put up the tree before December, which has been the cause of much heated debate over the years. As a compromise we go for December 1st. We used to have a real one every year, always with roots so I could plant it in the garden after Christmas. That was fine, until the garden started to look like a pine forest! For the last few years we’ve had an artificial one, only because I can’t bear to shred up a real tree after Christmas and we can’t fit any more in the garden.
Wow, I bet your garden looks amazing with all those pine trees! How do you usually spend Christmas Day?
Christmas Day is usually quite relaxed. Now that my children are teenagers we have a little bit of a lie in, then we get up and open the presents, eating breakfast in between, before I make a start on lunch. For the last couple of years, our local cinema has been open on Christmas Day so after lunch we’ve been going out as a family to catch a film. We’re all so busy through the year that it’s just about the only chance we get to do something like that so we really love it. Then it’s back home for mince pies and big cups of tea.
It sounds like you have a wonderful day together. What present are you hoping to receive this year?
It’s probably going to sound corny, but there really isn’t any gift I’m desperate to receive, I’m just happy on Christmas Day to have my family all in one place, having an actual conversation with them that lasts more than ten minutes and doesn’t include the phrases: Can you pick me up at…? Where is my…? I need some money for the bus… So this year, I’ll be happy with more of that!
I’m sure most parents will identify with that, Tilly. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for dropping by to talk to us.
Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.
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