Twelve Days of Christmas: Julie Johnstone

An Angel in Need

by Julie Johnstone

I love the Christmas season, but probably not for the reason you might be thinking.  Sure the presents are nice, I would be lying if I said I don’t like getting presents.  Yet if there were no presents under the tree for me, I would still love the Christmas season.  It’s not the gifts that make it special, but the traditions and the spirit of giving.

One of the traditions I dearly love is decorating the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  It’s a family affair, which has followed me from childhood.  We go―my husband, my kids, and myself―and we pick out the perfect Christmas tree.  Once that baby is up, and we have spent no less than an hour trying to figure out why all the lights don’t work, we spend the rest of the night putting on the ornaments, decorating the mantel and listening to our favorite Christmas music, which always includes Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.

Another tradition that has followed me from childhood is the tradition of giving to those less fortunate.  I grew up in a household that certainly was not wealthy, but my mother always took my brother and I to pick out an Angel, a child in need of someone to provide them a Christmas, from the Angel tree.  This year will be the first year that my kids are going to actively participate in helping me go to the store and buy presents for our little Angel whom we are providing Christmas for.  I cannot think of a better tradition than that.

I encourage each and every one of you to look within yourselves this Christmas season, and then dig into your wallets and give back, even if just a little, to someone who needs a little Christmas joy.

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In The Gift of Seduction, which is my story in A Summons from Yorkshire (Regency Christmas Summons Collection 1) I like to think my hero Drew was changed by my heroine Charlotte.  At one time Drew put more importance on his money than the love of his life.  But this Christmas his heart will be opened to the true spirit of Christmas and the opportunity to be gifted with the most special gift of all, lifelong love, will be his.

The day Andrew Whitton, Earl of Hardwick chooses his fortune over the woman he loves, Drew discovers that money makes for a cold bed partner.  Now, no matter how far he runs, the memory of his betrayal haunts him, and there’s not enough liquor to dull the past or diminish his disgust.  * Charlotte Milne trusted in happily ever after until her knight turned out to be wearing rusty armor.  Drew, the scoundrel, seduced her, though she very much enjoyed the seduction by the man she’s loved since childhood.  Left scandalously ruined, Char flees her home intent upon forgetting Drew and proving her worth.  * Separated by disloyalty and pain, each struggle to bury the memories of the other until a mandatory summons from the Duke of Danby sets them on a path of collision to Danby Castle.  With the tides of irrevocable change rising, Drew must find a way to show Char that even the most selfish of rakes can be redeemed by love before the woman of his heart becomes the wife of another.

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Have a Merry Christmas!

Julie Johnstone

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4 thoughts on “Twelve Days of Christmas: Julie Johnstone

  1. Melody May says:

    Julie, that’s super cool that you do that. If I have some change in my purse, I let my child put it in the Salvation Army buckets. I know it’s not a lot, but it’s teaching the principle of giving.

  2. That is absolutely a great thing to do! Every little act of kindness counts!

  3. Jane Charles says:

    Julie,

    My family has always enjoyed picking an angel from the tree at our church. When the kids were younger my husband and I encouraged them to pick a child the same age and gender, which continued into high school. I wanted my children to realize that someone that could be their friend did not have it as easy and I also knew they would pick out better gifts than I could – lol.

  4. Wonderful post, Julie! And thank you for being here!

    I’ll never forget the year my parents decided we were going to volunteer at Angel Tree. Not only did we pick out gifts, we collected them from the other donors, wrapped them and delivered them to the families. It made quite an impression on me, and I’m starting the tradition with Bella this year. We chose a 3-year-old girl and went shopping for her. I was amazed she understood that we weren’t buying the Barbies and other things for her, but for a little girl named Melany. The light in her eyes when I told her what a good thing she was doing was so very touching to see in someone so young.

    It’s a wonderful tradition you’re starting with your boys!!

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