Tomorrow is Labor Day. You know what that means. A mere 111 days to Christmas! Those of us who inhabit the Domestic Diva Mysteries are excited for another reason -- only 92 days until The Diva Cooks A Goose is in bookstores. Natasha has already begun crafting her Christmas cards.
I always look forward to Christmas. Who doesn't love spiked eggnog, hot chocolate, and Christmas cookies? Blazing fires . . . the smell of freshly cut pine . . . the silence when snow falls -- what a wonderful season. What's your favorite part of the holiday season?
Of course, we domestic divas knock ourselves out when it comes to Christmas, but the decorations, fancy food, and festivities are all part of the fun. By the way, Natasha wants me to tell you that pink and turquoise are the new red and green. (Not at my house, they're not!)
My mother, the family matriarch, decreed that my brother George, and his wife, Laci, would host our Christmas Day celebration this year. I'm preparing the traditional Bauer family Christmas Eve feast of goose the night before, and I'm really looking forward to being a guest on Christmas Day and letting someone else do all the work.
Rumor has it that Laci's sister is expecting a Christmas Day marriage proposal, so that should be a lot of fun. Her parents are coming down from Pennsylvania, which means they will have both set of in-laws in the same house! My sister, Hannah, will be bunking with me, and I have a feeling we'll be happy to get a break from our mom who is intent on finding husbands for her daughters.
One Thanksgiving, she rustled up Humphrey, a slight, pale undertaker who had a crush on me when we were in high school. I was so involved in my own teen angst that I didn't even know about it. Mom's other brilliant idea was to get me back together with my ex-husband, Mars. For heaven's sake, he'd already moved in with Natasha! What was she thinking?
No wonder family members get on each other's nerves over the holidays. All that pressure and excitement, and sometimes, one of them does something that leads to murder . . . .
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