November 26, 2012 Savoring Christmas ~ Guests: Becky Cortino & Anita Higman

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This crazy, busy season is actually one to be savored. Join us today as we talk about a couple opportunities for doing just that. Becky Cortino will join us to talk about the advent wreath, it's history and symbolism as well as how to have fun making your own. Then author Anita Higman joins us to chat about her new Christmas book, A Merry Little Christmas. Learn more about this opportunity to take a little break from the hustle and bustle of the season.

And in Christmas Corner we're talking about the Gimme Syndrome. We'll talk about the causes, including one insidious little custom that's prevalent in our culture, as well as sharing tips for avoiding it.

   

Becky Cortino has a fascination for herbs. A lifetime member of the Herb Society of America, member of North Carolina Herb Association and Garden Writers Association, she is a Master Gardener Volunteer graduate ('98). Cortino is a contributor to the Herb Society of America's Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herbs, a special project benefiting the National Herb Garden. Her herbal enthusiasm was the seed sprouting the family's Herbal Treasures dream in 1998. She has a heart to share her passion with a message of encouragement as a writer, featured public speaker and instructor on herbs, gardening and more!

   

Anita Higman is a CBA bestselling and award-winning author. She has written or co-authored 30 books including fiction and non-fiction for adults and children as well as plays. And she isn't slowing down anytime soon. Higman has six books coming out in the next two years. 

Even though she's written in many genres, Higman does have her favorite. "I love inspirational romance. There's just nothing else like it for writing and reading. It naturally makes you want to curl up on an overstuffed couch and read the day away."

There's something about writing Christmas stories for Higman. Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe (co-written with Irene Brand) made two bestsellers lists for Christian fiction. Her novella in the compilation, Once Upon a Christmas Eve, was given a four-star review in Romantic Times Book Reviews. Her latest release, A Merry Little Christmas, is sure to be a favorite of shoppers and readers this holiday season. 

Higman has won two awards for her contributions to literacy and has raised thousands of dollars with her book, I Can Be Anything, while serving on the board of directors of Literacy Advance of Houston.

She loves good movies, exotic teas and brunch with her friends. Higman and her husband live in Houston, TX. 

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