Hurray for December!

It’s here! I do love December!


My friend Anneli Purchase surprised me by posting our chat about Christmas on her blog yesterday . It’s always fun to blog hop and it was a great kick-off for me for this season I love so much!(Even if it was still November.)

The spirit of giving is what December is all about … right? So let’s get started!

I’ve never done this before. Mark your calendars for December 4 and 5!

As a December special, The Promise of Provence ebook will be a FREE DOWNLOAD at this link. If you already have your copy, download some to give to your friends! How’s that for a gift? Please feel free to pass the news on to one and all. The more, the merrier!

Next, I’m happy to announce that the winner of the santon giveaway from my newsletter  is Amy Chouinard! Many, many thanks to all the newsletter readers who entered the contest by  leaving comments about their favourite Christmas traditions. It was a treat to read them all! Amy, congratulations! I will be in touch for postal information.

As I wrote in the newsletter, santons are an important part of Christmas in France. Those and other traditions in France are a focus of the first part of my next novel.  You can read all about santons here.  When I was in Nice in September/October, I purchased one for the contest.


In case you haven’t subscribed to my newsletter, there’s a link here to the right of this post.  Join the hundreds who have already signed up! It will be great to see you on the list!

Next, congratulations to Moira Martin who won a copy of The Promise of Provence in the contest Anna Fill held in The Riviera Woman last month. Thanks to Anna for featuring the giveaway and to everyone who joined in.

Here’s a December gift I am passing on to all of you. It’s actually a present from the talented Janine Marsh, the editor (Redacteur en Chef) of the fabulous The Good Life France website. This is a spectacular book about Christmas in France and IT IS FREE to everyone. Click right here to go the website and download it.


I’m sure you will enjoy this book with its beautiful photography and excellent articles! I am in awe of the time, effort and love that must have gone into putting it together. Take a minute to let Janine know what a fine gift she’s given us! 

What special plans do you have now that the 12th month is here?


Published by patriciasands

Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada when she isn't somewhere else, particularly the south of France. With a happily blended family of seven adult children and, at last count, six grandchildren, life is full and time is short. Beginning with her first Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six, she has told stories all of her life through photography. Much to her surprise a few years ago, she began to write and has now published three novels, including two that are part of a six-book series set in the south of France. Love France? Love her work! Check out her website She is particularly drawn to the rewarding friendships of women and the challenges many embrace once their families are grown. "It's never too late to begin something new," she enthuses. "As the saying goes, just do it!"

26 thoughts on “Hurray for December!

    1. I think you will hear a lot about them as you spend the Christmas season in France and I do believe you will love the Christmas In France book. C’est magnifique! Actually that whole website is quite wonderful! Let me know what you think.

    1. Well, you are SO going to love this book! I can’t believe they are giving it away as it must have taken hours to put together. Enjoy … and you have a happy December too!

  1. December is always a fun month with the holidays. So much going on. Parties, food, drink, gifts. Happy December!

    1. Rightbackatcha! I’m looking forward to hearing about the Christmas festivities you will be report from NYC!

    1. Well, I’m just the messenger for Christmas in France and it is worth downloading just to enjoy the photography. You’ll appreciate that! 🙂

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