Highway Café Christmas Blog Tour


My elf name is Bob. You can take that anyway you like because it’s a palindrome. I like keeping it simple because…
…my job at Santa’s Village at the North Pole is name checker.  Of course Santa knows whether it’s spelled Caileigh, Kaleigh, Kaylee, Kayley, Kaylie, Kaeli, Keighley, Keighlee, Caylee, Caelie or Kaeley but the poor elf writing the gift tag doesn’t. Imagine if the wrong name were put on a gift! It’s a very, very important job.
I’m afraid I don’t like to listen to music when I’m working.  I have to concentrate very hard and once I had the radio on and got distracted by the song The Name Game. I ended up missing a tag on a present that read Jackson instead of Jaxon. I mustn’t allow that to happen again.
I don’t like to have anything to eat or drink while I’m working because I don’t want to spill anything on the tags, but on my break I do enjoy some shortbread and eggnog (without the rum until the end of the work day, of course).

This year I get to be secret Santa for Puddle. Puddle’s job is to melt the ice on the front step of the toy workshop. That’s a really important job, too, and it can be dangerous. That’s why I’m giving Puddle a pair of safety elf boots so she doesn’t slip and fall on the ice. They look like this:



Here’s the recipe for my Christmas eggnog:

1 egg
1/4 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cups of milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
freshly grated nutmeg

Beat the egg until smooth and thick and then beat the sugar into the egg until the sugar is dissolved. Beat in the milk and vanilla extract. Pour into a festive glass and top with nutmeg. Serve immediately.
If you’ve finished work for the day and plan to just sit in front of the fire and read Christmas stories I suggest adding a big tot of rum or whisky to your eggnog.

Here’s something to read while you’re drinking your eggnog, if you wish:


10 holiday stories from sweet to scorching! You’ll find brand new tales of love and desire by members of Romancing the Rock. Discover bestselling and award winning authors, plus hot new voices from Newfoundland’s emerging romance writing scene.


When Arabella’s father stole The Rose, the best ship in the skies, from Andre Barbot she had no choice but to accompany Barbot on his next voyage. It was either that or see her father in jail. Along the way she discovers that the so-called monster’s mechanical heart is just as human as hers, but is it capable of love?

Available at Amazon.com and Chapters.Indigo.ca

Please don’t forget to visit the rest of the elves on the Highway Café Christmas Blog Tour:

Darlene Fredette – http://www.findingthewritewords.blogspot.com/
Tena Stetler – http://www.tenastetler.com/my-blog/
Stacy Holmes – www.writerknapsack.com
M.S. Spencer – http://msspencertalespinner.blogspot.com/
Maureen Bonatch – http://www.maureenbonatch.com/blog/
Nancy Fraser –  http://nancyfraser.ca/ wordpress/holiday-blog-hop/
Sorchia Dubois – http://www.sorchiadubois.com/
Carol Henry – http://www.carolhenry.org/
Hywela Lyn – www.hywelalyn.blogspot.com
Casi McLean – http://casimclean.com/casis-christmas-…cal-mystery-tour/
Kayden Claremont. –  https://kaydenclaremont.wordpress.com/
Mariah Lynne – http://mariahlynneauthor.blogspot.com/
K. K. Weil –  http://kkweil.blogspot.com
Clair de Lune – http://www.clairdelunebooks.co.uk/
Linda Carroll-Bradd – http://blog.lindacarroll-bradd.com (participating on Dec 6 only)

Merry Christmas! I can’t wait to see what my Secret Santa has got for me.



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18 Responses to Highway Café Christmas Blog Tour

  1. Sorchia D says:

    What’s eggnog without the nog, right? Keep up the good work, Bob!


  2. DarleneLF says:

    Hi Bob! Your gift for Puddle is awesome! She will never slip with those on. I just copied your eggnog recipe. It’s too easy to not make 🙂 Your story in the anthology sounds good. Merry Christmas!


  3. Casi McLean says:

    What a great post, Bob…and the Name Game. Very creative. This is such a fun hop. My kids love eggnog so this year I have a new recipe. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Stacy Holmes says:

    OMG what a find for Puddles! Love it. Mmmmm and sipping egg nog around the woodstove is so relaxing after a long day.


  5. Tena Stetler says:

    Love the eggnog recipe. Going to try it this evening when Twinkle Bright settles down in front of the fire with a good book. For just tonight, sub hot chocolate for eggnog with a bit of rum. LOL Santa will not approve!


  6. Can’t wait to try the eggnog recipe. I’m sure Puddles will love the gift.


  7. msspencerauthor says:

    Well I finally learn who Bob is–my absolutely favorite elf name of all. I am Puddle, aka the thrilled recipient of those fantastic boots. You are always SO thoughtful, Bob. And a merry Christmas to all! Come on over for my recipe for pickled herring, which should NOT be eaten with eggnog, more’s the pity! M. S. Spencer


  8. Hywela Lyn says:

    Hi Bob – great post – and I love Steampunk, I really want to read ‘Key To His Heart’ now!


  9. Bob, yours is a most important job. And what a thoughtful gift for Puddle.


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