From ghoulies and ghosties,
And short-legged beasties,
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
The beasties in that Scottish prayer are supposed to be long-legged, I know, but housecats are pretty low to the ground when it comes to the leg department. And honest to goodness, between having a cat and a ghost in the house at Christmas time, it’s like being overrun by a herd of over-sugared children. If I hear one more wail or moan or another tree ornament hit the floor I might have to deliver myself—to the loony bin. Who knew a cat and a ghost could get so excited by the sights, sounds, and smells of the season? It probably doesn’t help that this is my first Christmas working retail, either. Who knew I’d get so overwrought? Maybe those two are picking up on that little thread of tension.
But I’m learning ways to cope. There are strategies for making it through the holidays without burning out or flipping out. One strategy is to hang only unbreakable ornaments where the cat can reach them. That’s basically the whole tree, but that’s okay. The tree looks nice covered with paper chains and little felt and knitted animals. Another strategy is to avoid playing the CD of Elvis singing Christmas carols. For some reason it sends Geneva, the ghost, into a shrieking fit. Or maybe that was because I sang along . . .
Anyway, the holidays have been a learning curve and we’re making progress. The tree is decorated (again), the cards are sent, the baking is done, most of the presents are wrapped, and the cat has just settled himself down in my lap for a long winter’s nap. We’re purring right along, except for one thing. What can I give Geneva for Christmas? I know. It sounds silly. She’s a ghost and what could a ghost possibly need or use? But we’ve been through a lot together, this person-who-once-was and I, and I’ve grown fond of her. Somehow, some way, there ought to be something I can give her. But what? A gift card? Pfft. I’m out of ideas. So please, if you have a suggestion—really, any suggestion is welcome—leave it in a comment below.
Tell me (please!) what you would give a ghost for Christmas and you’ll be entered in the Have a Cozy Christmas Giveaway. Two lucky winners will receive signed copies of LAST WOOL AND TESTAMENT. Check back tomorrow to see if you’re one of them. Merry Christmas!
Kath Rutledge and Geneva most recently appeared in LAST WOOL AND TESTAMENT, the first book in the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries, available in mass market, e-book, audio book, and soon to be released in large print. Kath and Geneva will return in DYEING WISHES in July 2013 (now available for pre-order.)
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