Thursday, December 13, 2012

Confessions of a Kitchen Table Writer

By Pink Heart Society Editor Jeannie Watt

DECEMBER CONFESSION: I’m a little behind…

My Christmas tree isn’t up yet. In fact, my tree is residing on a tree lot somewhere, waiting for me to pick it out. I’ll do that, eventually. By that time most of the good trees will be gone, but in my mind, that’s what the decorations are for—to hide natural flaws. Hey—that’s also what most of my wardrobe is for.

I’m a little behind on Christmas because I no longer have kids in the house. Kids start preparing for Christmas sometime around July—or at least that’s how I used to do it. The big kickoff for the season was the arrival of the Wish Book, aka the Sears Christmas catalog, in the mailbox somewhere around September. That was when the real Christmas countdown began. I loved this catalog so much that I would limit the amount of pages I could look at per day, so that going through the book would last longer than an afternoon. Then the selection process would begin, in which I debated, circled, erased, debated some more. I can’t remember actually receiving a present out of the Wish Book—though I’m certain I did, because being rural people, we depended on Sears for a lot of stuff in our lives, from tires to, well, Christmas inspiration.

Nothing says Christmas like a
good tree hugging!
The Christmas catalog tradition was passed down to my own children and until a few years ago continued to mark the start of the holiday countdown.  But alas, this tradition will not be passed on to my grandchildren because the Wish Book doesn’t automatically arrive in the mailbox anymore. Oh it still exists, but it’s online and because of that, the flavor of the season has changed. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it as much—I enjoy it in a different way.  A more digital way.

This weekend I will put my tree up—and I’m certain it’ll be gorgeous even if it’s a little on the skimpy side bcause it's the last one on the lot—and I’ll mull wine and perhaps settle in for a Christmas movie. But the season would be just that much richer if I found a dog-eared catalog sitting on my chair with a couple dozen bookmarks in it.

Pink Heart Society editor and Harlequin Superromance author Jeannie Watt lives in rural Nevada and writes fast-paced, character driven stories set in the western United States.   To find out more about Jeannie and her books, please visit her website


  1. Hi Jeannie ~ I picked up a Wish Book last year at a Sears store. I really enjoyed looking through it. Must make a trip to see if they have one this year.

    We used to get a Sears Wish Book and an Eaton's Christmas catalogue. Oh I loved the choices they offered. Now Eaton's is totally gone and the Sears catalogs are disappearing also. Shopping on line just doesn't have the same feel to it.

    Picked up Crossing Nevada the other day. Probably will have to wait a bit to read it.

    1. I agree, Kaelee--shopping on line isn't the same. I love a good Christmas catalog and will probably pick up a Wish Book next year now that I know how to get it :-) I hope you enjoy Crossing Nevada.

  2. A confession -- my tree isn't up either. You are far from alone.
    I love having a real tree. I love the uniqueness of each tree. When they are fake, you don't have the fun.

    1. So glad I'm not alone! And yes, I need a real tree, too. I love the challenge of figuring out what side goes to the wall and where to hang the garlands low, etc.