A Very Virginia Christmas: Stories and Traditions by Wilford Kale enjoyed its official book launch at the Barnes & Noble in Colonial Williamsburg last Friday, Nov. 9th, and I was among the authors taking part in the signing. Why, you may ask?
Because I’m delighted to have an  account from my nonfiction book, Shenandoah Watercolors, about celebrating Christmas in the old Family home place in the Shenandoah Valley included in this wonderful collection. I’m honored to be among the illustrious authors who span centuries of life in my beloved Virginia, and proud to represent my beautiful valley.
The publisher of this lovely Christmas Collection, Parke Press, has this to say about A Very Virginia Christmas
“For the past 400 years, Virginians have created traditions of their own, borrowing from a variety of Christmas celebrations in other countries. This year, Wilford Kale has compiled the work of 16 contributors telling how Virginians observe the Christian wintertime holiday: from the Shenandoah Valley to the Eastern Shore, from colonial days up to the 21st century, in times of need to times of feasting and merriment. Read about eggnog, Robert E. Lee‘s Christmas, Parke Rouse‘s Christmas on the Southside, Richmond’s Nativity pageant, and Earl Hamner’s childhood Christmas in the Virginia mountains. You will also find stories including the Christmas Truce, the origin of “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph,” along with other Christmas favorites. Your storytelling time at Christmas will be warmer and cozier than ever with these tales that remind all ages of the real meaning of  “the most wonderful time of the year.”
An article in the Virginia Gazette gives even more insights to this vintage Christmas collection and the special man behind it, Wilford Kale.  Entitled A Jolly Collection of Virginia Christmases, the article goes on to say:
“Who better to compile a book about Christmas in Virginia than a man who could pass for Santa Claus.
Wilford Kale, a long-time journalist, short-term politician and part-time Kris Kringle, has edited “A Very Virginia Christmas – Stories and Traditions,” a new collection of stories, anecdotes and traditions about Christmas. He’s included the work of some heavy hitters, including Earl Hamner of “The Waltons” fame, Booker T. Washington, Park Rouse and Francis Church. Oh, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Alfred Tennyson are included too.
The collection includes four centuries of Christmas memories and anecdotes, ranging from Capt. John Smith to the generations of children who visited perhaps the state’s best-known Santa at Miller & Rhoads in Richmond.”
To that I add, and me! For the complete article, I recommend you visit the link. And God Bless us Everyone!
***Images of Chapel Hill, the old family home place, a wreath in Williamsburg, and a Victorian Santa Claus (royalty free)
***A Very Virginia Christmas is available in hardcover at Amazon and from many other booksellers.


  1. Patrice // November 16, 2012 at 1:17 PM  

    Wow - look at your beautiful holiday book - I hope it sells a ton. You are working so hard and getting so many new books up on Amazon. Well done, my friend!

  2. Nightingale // November 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM  

    Congrats Beth on being a part of this lovely book. I know you contributed a lot to the publication--hard cover at that!

  3. Beth Trissel // November 16, 2012 at 2:20 PM  

    Thanks guys, but I am just one of many authors featured in this charming book. An honor to be among them.

  4. Mary Ricksen // November 16, 2012 at 7:18 PM  

    Wonderful Beth, I know why you're a part of it! You're amazing! Good luck!

  5. Pamela Varnado // November 16, 2012 at 11:56 PM  

    This sounds like an exciting opportunity, Beth. Congratulations on being a part of such a wonderful project. You're going for your dream!!!

  6. Mary Marvella // November 17, 2012 at 8:14 AM  

    Beth, the other authors are fortunate, too! If it is as wonderful as your blogs, it will rock!

  7. Beth Trissel // November 17, 2012 at 10:01 AM  

    Thanks guys. Many of the other authors are deceased. This collection covers four centuries of Virginia Christmases. :)

  8. Josie // November 18, 2012 at 9:32 AM  

    This is certainly a wonderful honor. Super congrats and many sales!