Friday, December 21, 2012

Little Jaymie's Christmas Wish



Series: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Book 1 - A Deadly Grind

Step in the Wayback Machine and go to...
December 24th, 1985

“And what do you want for Christmas, Jaymie?” Santa asked.
Little Jaymie, just five years old, was visiting the department store Santa in the Hudson’s store on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. She looked down the long line of kids to where her much-older sister, Becca, (who had come back home to live after an extremely brief stab at marriage) stood anxiously watching her on Santa’s lap. She couldn’t say what she really wanted, could she? She looked up into Santa’s twinkly blue eyes, and considered it for a moment. He wasn’t the real Santa; Becca had explained that the real Santa was too busy, so this gentleman was a helper, and would pass any message on to the real deal. Only Becca knew what Jaymie really wanted, but just maybe… she crooked her finger at Santa and he bent his curly head toward her. He smelled of ginger and coffee and cigars, like grandpa used to before he went to heaven. Maybe Santa needed coffee to stay awake.
She whispered to Santa her deepest wish, and he looked troubled, his expression like a frowny face. “I don’t think I can do that for you, Jaymie, honey. Maybe… have you told your Mommy and Daddy how you feel?”
She shook her head.
“Maybe I can bring you something else. How about a Cabbage Patch doll, or a My Little Pony?”
She shook her head again. Maybe no one could help her.
He seemed to understand the gravity of her Christmas wish, and nodded. “Okay, then,” Santa murmured. “I’ll do my very best, honey, and you must pray and wish and maybe tell an adult how you feel so they can help me make it happen. But... I can’t do everything, honey. I’ll do my very best, but I can’t do everything.”
“Okay,” Jaymie said, content that he’d understood and would at least try. She slipped from Santa’s lap, running back to Becca, and they took the hour long drive home, back to their pretty yellow brick house in Queensville, Michigan, the one with the evergreen garlands swooping around the doorway and the twinkly lights in the shrubberies by the door. Becca disappeared into the study where their Dad was reading, and didn’t come out for an hour. Then she went to the kitchen and shut the door—no one shut the door to the kitchen, except when they had to talk about private stuff—and Jaymie, as she sat in the living room watching Christmas cartoons, could hear voices murmuring in there for a long time as Becca and Mom made some cookies.
It was late that night, the night before Christmas, and Jaymie was in her usual spot... lying on a blanket by the register over the living room; from there she could hear much of what went on downstairs.
“Alan, we’ve been fighting a lot lately,” Mom said, her voice clear and light, not clogged with tears, as it often was lately.
“I know,” Jaymie’s Daddy said.
There was a pause and some rustling. It sounded like giftwrap, a sound that Jaymie knew very well. Her birthday had been just a few months before, and she loved that sound.
“I think we need to talk more and fight less,” Daddy said.
“I agree.”
There was silence for a good long few minutes while more rustling sounded, and there was a weird smacking noise, like they were eating, or something. Jaymie wondered if they were munching on cookies.
Then Mom said, “Alan, I love you so much! Sometimes when I’m angry I forget how much I care, and how... how I never want to be without you.”
“Joy, sweetie, I feel the same way! I love you, and I always will.”
“But that doesn’t mean we’ll stop fighting,” Mom said.
“I know. But we’ll try to be better, and we’ll never stay mad, and we’ll always love our kids, right?”
“Right!” Mom said. “We’ll always, always, always love and take care of our kids. Becca is so grown up and responsible now, and Jaymie... she’s such a sweet baby.” Mom’s voice shook. “I want her to be happy.”
“We’ll love them forever,” Daddy said, his voice kind of loud and forceful, like he was on stage or something.
“Let’s go upstairs and check to make sure Jaymie’s in bed,” Mom said, in the same kind of strange, loud voice. “I sure wouldn’t want Santa to stay away just because she’s awake!”
Jaymie scurried to bed, pulling the covers up just as the door opened. Mom and Daddy both came in and stood over the bed. Jaymie squeezed her eyes shut, hoping they’d think she was asleep. She felt warm, soft lips press on her cheek.
“Love you, sweetie,” she whispered.
“I love you both,” Daddy said, and kissed Mom, then Jaymie on the cheek. Mom and Daddy both tiptoed out, leaving the door open a crack.
Once they were gone, Jaymie opened her eyes. She didn’t know if it was Santa, or God, or just good luck that had made Mom and Daddy make up, all she knew was she felt safe and happy, now, and could look forward to the next day without worrying. Mom and Daddy loved each other; that’s all that was important. It didn’t matter if she got a Cabbage Patch doll, or a My Little Pony.
She fell asleep with a smile on her face, and sugarplum fairies dancing in her dreams.

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Happy Holidays, everyone! 

I hope you enjoyed that little glimpse into Christmas Past for Jaymie Leighton. For our Cozy Christmas Countdown draw today, I am giving away to one random commenter a package containing: one autographed copy of A Deadly Grind, a Vintage Kitchen Mysteries ballpoint pen, and a Vintage Kitchen Mysteries sticky pad, as well as a magnetized 2013 calendar (postcard sized) for your fridge or any metal surface, with the Bowled Over cover and release date on it!

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With all my heart, I wish you a joyous and peaceful holiday season, whatever that means to you and yours!

Best regards,
Victoria Hamilton

49 comments:

  1. What a lovely story, ... if life were only so simple and if people would just listen once in a while! Thanks and Merry Christmas to you and all you love! Lynn/MI

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  2. I had tears in my eyes as I read this touching story. Merry Chirstmas and Happy New Year.
    Sandy 2012

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  3. Dianne South DakotaDecember 21, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    What a wonderful story and so appropriate for the holiday season.

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  4. Great Christmas story. This book has been on my to read list and now I really want to meet Jaymie!

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  5. Great story. Thanks for having this contest. Happy Holidays.

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  6. Wonderful reminder of the transformational power of Christmas! Thanks.

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  7. Life is much more simpler than we think, only... it's US who makes it much tougher, especially our EGO. And that's what we still have learn, leaving our ego all behind us and making our lives simpler.
    May the closeness of friends, the comfort of home, renew your spirits this holiday season.

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  8. Christmas is really about love. When I think back, I don't remember the presents. I remember family and fun and feeling safe and loved.

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  9. Great story. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of Jaymie's past.

    Beverly aka Booklady

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  10. Nice Christmas story. BTW I love the cover for Book 2 - that style sink is really adorable. kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. Merry Christmas to all the Cozy Chicks. The look into Jaymie's past is heartwarming especially when I think about all the children who are really wishing for exactly what Jaymie wanted.

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  12. May the season and new year bring us all peace and love.

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  13. What a cute story. Christmas is all about love, my favorite season of the year!

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  14. I was so touched by this story. It's a shame that only at this time of year we stop and think of others, family times, years gone by. Should be always. Thank you and can't wait to read about Jaymie. I collect Vintage China so I'm really looking forward to your books!!

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  15. Cute story! Thanks! That's something most children would want for Christmas!

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  16. Very lovely story and enjoy reading it! Thanks!

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  17. So touching, I hope everyone has a great Christmas!

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  18. What a sweet story. Sometimes adults just don't think of how their actions affect their children. A nice reminder to pay attention throughout the year.

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  19. Moving story. Merry Christmas may the New Year bring happiness & prosperity.

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  20. Moving story. Merry Christmas may the New Year bring happiness & prosperity.

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  21. This has been so much fun to see all of the different Christmas stories out there!

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  22. What a wonderful story. Merry Christmas. I really enjoyed A Daily Grind and am looking forward to Bowled Over.

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  23. What a sweet story, I do hope they kept their promises.
    I subscribed, and have put your books on my wishlist.

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  24. What a sweet and touching story. Merry Christmas.

    PS - I love the little Yorkie on your cover!

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  25. Enjoyed the story. Great how you got into a kid's head. :)

    Pen

    pmettert at yahoo dot com

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  26. What a terrific story - thank you.

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  27. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Happy Holidays!

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  28. I love the Christmas story when I'm feeling a bit shopped out and looking at my pile of groceries to turn into Christmas dinner. Thank you.

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  29. Yes, simpler times. I think the days were even longer...Looks like this might be my first vintage kitchen mystery if I'm selected. Here's hoping and peace to all cozy mystery lovers.

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  30. What a wonderful story. What a simple wish Jaymie had.

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  31. Great story!! I think things get more intense around the holidays and we're more likely to snap. My girls are very intune to both the bad and the good so I try to surround them with a loving environment. At times they see the arguments but they also see the apologies. Great life lessons for them and they always know they have a loving home to come home to every day.

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  32. That was very nice.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  33. Very nice story. Thank you for the chance to win

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  34. Lovely story, I really enjoyed it. Thank you also for hosting this giveaway.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  35. My sister had a Cabbage Patch doll! Very nice story. I enjoyed it.

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  36. What a nice story. When it started I wondered if Jaymie was already wishing for kitchen gadgets!

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  37. Thank you for such a wonderful story.

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  38. heart warming story, thank you very much. I love the christmas tree <3 Have a merry christmas and a happy new year!

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  39. What a sweet post to read. Thanks!

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  40. this is so sweet! Thank you for sharing. I hope to win this amazing package having never read this book but its on my TBR list

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  41. Great post. Putting the book on my list!

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  42. Enjoyed reading the comments. Your book sounds really good and i love reading cozies. Especially ones with pets in them.
    JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

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