Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Twelve Days of Christmas: No Golden Rings

Rebecca Forster

I love the idea of celebrating the twelve days before Christmas, but I never much liked the idea of waking up to find maids-a-milking in my living room. So I thought I would make up my own list of countdown gifts that are guaranteed to make someone smile.

1) Hold someone’s hand when they least expect it.

2) Write a letter in real handwriting on real paper, and mail it with a real stamp.

3) Tell a joke.

4) Kiss someone with or without mistletoe. Lips, cheek, head, hand all are very nice.

5) Invite someone to your favorite place and tell them why they are there with you .

6) Add an extra ribbon, bell, sprig of holly, or lottery ticket to a package you wrap.

7) Cook something you've never cooked before; share it with someone you've never shared with before.

8) Choose one person who is not expecting a gift and give them one. Give it too late for them to reciprocate.

9) Hold a door for someone when you’re the one in a hurry.

10) Talk to someone who lives alone. Not just hello, but a real conversation.

11) Hum a Christmas song close enough so other people can hear  you and then smile when they look your way.

12) Let your spouse sleep late and your kids get up early

Do you have a gift to give on the 13th day of Christmas? Visit me at, tell me about your gift, and choose the book you’d like my Christmas Elves to send you.

Have a wonderful and blessed holiday.

Rebecca writes legal thrillers. One of her best is Before Her Eyes. Visit her website for her other books, and do read the Witness series. Join the Witness fan club!

About Rebecca Forster:  I marketed a world-class spa when it was still called a gym and did business in China before there were western toilettes at the Great Wall. Then I wrote a book on a crazy dare and found my passion.

Now, I am a USA Today best selling author with more than 20 books to my name - and if you ask me where all those words came from I'd be hard pressed to tell you. All I know is that I wake up with a story in my head and go to bed the same way.

My specialty is legal thrillers and The Witness Series, featuring my beach-rat, volleyball playing attorney Josie Bates and her teenage ward, Hannah, have really captured readers' imaginations. But I also like to stretch the thriller genre a bit. Before Her Eyes, for instance, has a fantasy overlay on a murder mystery that I really found intriguing. Wilde's Gamble is a romantic suspense.

I teach at UCLA Writers Program and work with The Young Writers Conference, a program that helps motivate middle school children to explore the power of words. I think I am particularly drawn to kids and writing because both my sons have always had a passion for it. Eric is a playwright and Alex is in film.

When I'm not writing I'm traveling, on a tennis court, working a sewing machine or reading. Thank you so much for taking a look at my author page. You can find out more about me - and leave me a note - at 

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