Shelley Shepard Gray’s Christmas Favorites

November 21st, 2017

We’ve turned another page in our calendars and can’t believe how quickly the holidays are approaching. Shelley Shepard Gray joins us today to share some of her holiday favorites! Plus, today is the last day to enter to win a copy of her latest release, The Gift. Click here to learn more and enter. 

What is your favorite Christmas tradition? When and how did it begin?

My favorite Christmas tradition is getting everyone who stays at our house during the holidays pajamas from Ernie the Elf. It all started when our kids were little. I’d get them new pajamas to open on Christmas Eve morning. I used to wrap them up kind of messy and would write in a black sharpie marker from Ernie the Elf. I never thought I’d still be getting them pajamas 20 years later! Now the best part is bringing extended family and friends into the tradition. We have a lot of fun family pictures of lots of people wearing brand-new pajamas.

What food/drink do you look forward to having around the holidays?

I have a weird love of egg nog! It’s so fattening, I have to make myself not buy cartons of it! However, that doesn’t stop me from making eggnog ice cream, eggnog cookies, and going to Starbucks and ordering an egg nog latte at least once before Christmas. My husband can’t understand it at all!

Are there any Christmas stories you read every year?

I have some favorite children’s Christmas books that I put out every year, but my favorite Christmas stories are the Christmas holiday novella collections that so many publishers put out. I snap them up like candy.

What is your favorite Christmas movie?

The Bishop’s Wife. I love the story and I really love Cary Grant.

Share a special holiday memory:

A few years ago, our son Arthur couldn’t come home for Christmas so we all went to him out in Colorado. Somehow we all managed to make a standing rib roast, potatoes, salad, and a pie in his tiny kitchen with his dog Rudy running around in the middle of it. We laughed, made a mess, and crammed in around his table. It reminded me that we really don’t need much as long as we all have each other.

Would you rather wrap presents or bake cookies?

LOL, bake cookies! I love to bake cookies. Wrapping presents? Not so much.

What is one thing you wish was different about the holidays:

That Christmas wasn’t so close to Thanksgiving! I’m always sad when Christmas is over because it means I won’t see some members of our family for months and months.

Candy canes or gingerbread cookies?

Gingerbread cookies. Yep, I not only like to bake cookies, I like to eat them, too!

Do you hang mistletoe in your home?

Nope. I’m not sure why…

Best present?

Each of my parents used to give me their old china or serving pieces for my Christmas presents. Each piece had a lot of memories attached to it, and I love to use those pieces now, knowing that I’ll one day pass them onto my kids. That kind of stuff makes me happy.

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Shelley Shepard Gray

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Shelley Shepard Gray is a “New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

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