Sunday, December 25, 2011

Special three day event with paranormal romance author Dani Harper (DAY 2)

Changeling Celebrations with Dani Harper – Part Two

As you may remember from yesterday’s post, the Macleod family of Changelings still celebrated plenty in the month of December in their new country, but they blended in old traditions from Scotland. Connor, James and Culley Macleod survived Christmas shopping with their wives and sisters in order to return to us today and continue sharing their memories of their family celebrations.

“Finally!” said Culley. “I’ve been waiting to tell them about the eats.”
“Why are you always thinking about food?” asked James.

 “Why not? Food’s the best part of every celebration. Take Black Bun for instance – now that was a fruitcake. Stuffed with currants and wrapped in pastry.” Culley sighed happily.
“I liked the sun cakes,” added Connor. “They had a little hole in the center, and lines fanning outwards, representing the rays of the sun. It was some kind of Scandinavian tradition, but Scottish shortbread has been shaped like that ever since.”

“Shortbread tastes a helluva lot better. Those sun cakes were more like hard biscuits!” said Culley.
“I miss the venison stew,” admitted James. “There was no such thing as turkey for Christmas. Mom would make the stew with thick cream, and there’d be neeps and tatties in it.”
 “Turnips and potatoes,” Connor explained. “And bacon – I remember she browned the venison with bacon before she made the stew.”

“Now I’m hungry,” said Culley.

James rolled his eyes. “You’re always hungry.”

“There was a lot more than eating going on.” Connor counted off on his fingers. “There were games and dancing, music and singing, and drinking. Quite a bit of drinking in fact. Among the adults, the ale and the whiskey flowed pretty freely.”

“Old Angus Mackinnon fell off his horse pretty freely too, as I recall.”

“We ought to talk about the decorating,” said Culley. “It was a big part of the celebration too.”
“All of us kids had to gather evergreen branches. The whole family would work at hanging them all around the house, inside and out,” said Connor.

“Evergreen boughs were hung above the windows and doors of the barn too,” James added. “And mistletoe was used as well – there had to be at least a sprig of mistletoe.”

“Devlin and I used to walk through the forest, looking up, trying to find the biggest bunch of mistletoe we could. Of course, that made it tough to see where I was going,” Culley laughed. “Ran right into a tree one time and knocked out a tooth.”

“You brought back a monstrous plant one year as I recall,” said James. “It had to be four feet across. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bigger one.”

“Yeah, and it took us half the day to climb the damned oak tree to get it down. That mistletoe had to be growing forty feet up. But I wanted a kiss from Jeannie Robertson, so I had to get it.”
“Mistletoe wasn’t just for stealing kisses,” said Connor. “That’s why it was on the barn as well as the house, to protect the people and the livestock. Mistletoe was said to keep evil away.”
James snorted. “It never kept Culley away,”

“And that’s what the season is all about,” Connor sighed, pinching the bridge of his nose as if he had a headache. “Putting up with – I mean, being with family.”

Dani Harper is the author of a hot new shapeshifter series from Kensington Brava.  CHANGELING MOON and CHANGELING DREAM are available now in trade paperback and ebook. Her latest novel, CHANGELING DAWN, is being released on December 27th.  Check it out at

December is a time of gifts and giving. Leave a comment, telling your favorite holiday food, and you’ll be entered to win a Dani Harper tote bag with swag!  Draw closes Dec. 31st.


  1. I fix a Fresh Apple Cake and a Lemon Curd Cake that everyone likes.

  2. my favorite holidays food is la "bûche de noël" in ice cream ( mokka vanille)
    all the best

    Merry Christmas and thanks you for the giveaway


  3. My favorite holiday food is the munchies - today we are having homemade lump crab cheese ball with red chili sauce over it with crackers - it came out really really good, then the chips and veggies and dip oh my, little smokies simmering on the stove - you betcha! Thank you for sharing this holiday joy:)


  4. My favorite of the season is home made sweet potato pie..and i do make a great one.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours

  5. i gotta say.. im easy.. MASHED POTATOES!! yum! i could eat the by the pot.. lol.. so good!!!
    my mom also does these garlicy bacon green beans.. YUM! and candied sweet potatoes! (lots of butter and brown sugar)

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

  6. my favorite is all the sweets.The magic Bars,Cranberry Cheesecake bars,nanaimo bars,sugar cookies.

    Merry Christmas


  7. Sweet potato casserole, mincemeat cookies and cherry cream cheese pie are favorites in our house. Merry Christmas!
    I LOVED Changeling Dream. Thanks, Dani!
    Loraine H
    l_k_hunziker AT hotmail DOT com

  8. I love my Mother's Plum Pudding & Brandy Custard. To die for.


  9. Loved the Macleod's post. Poor Connor, it's the way we all think lol
    My favorite are the mashed potatoes and mashed turnips mixed together with a bit of cream and butter. Delicious. And my favorite Italian cookies, anisette cookies and cucidati.
    Hope everyone had a great Christmas.

    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  10. My mother makes these fantastically delicious crescent rolls from scratch. I look forward to them every year.

    jessilikey AT gmail DOT com

  11. My favourite meal is boxing day's cold turkey and fried potatoes. I always hated christmas dinner because my parents made me eat sprouts .

  12. My favorite holiday food would be my mom's homemade sage cornbread stuffing. So good!
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  13. My favorite is chocolate pecan pie.

  14. I have two favorite foods. Red Velvet cake is my absolute all time favorite. The other is Harvard Beets. We always had them at Christmas at my Grandmother's house. I still try to have one or both every Christmas.

  15. Oops, I forgot to add my email address.

    Irishwolf @ embarqmail .com

  16. I LOVE the traditions!
    My favorite holiday food has got to be my Mum (Grandmom)Sadie's potatoe filling. She used to cook for HOURS every holiday and heaven forbid you tried to cut corners helping her no one can do a guilt like a PA Dutch Grandmom.
    The bread had to be fried in LOTS of Crisco & REAL potatoes, not instant. All of Mom Sadie's holiday foods were great but even after her many years having passed away,her potatoe filling is still the best.

    Mindy :)

  17. I think holiday food is the best. I love egg nog, all the cut out cookies and treats. One of my absolute favorites is peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate.

    areeths at new dot rr dot com

  18. My favorite holiday food is buckeyes and all the other cookies we make together!

  19. I love all of the desserts! But I think my favorite is Yorkshire pudding served with standing rib roast! Yum!

  20. My favorite holiday food...Christmas COOKIES!!

  21. My favorite holiday food...Christmas COOKIES!!

  22. My fav holiday food is my grandma's homemade pecan pie!!! YUMMY!!! ;-)


  23. I would have to say chicken and dressing with giblet gravy! Also sausage and cheese balls.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  24. My favorite has to be Pączki -- kind if a Polish donut, served warm & dusted with sugar...

    Thanks for the giveaway & have a Happy New Year!

    elizabeth @


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