Sunday, December 23, 2012

What do you give the ghost...?



By Kath Rutledge of the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries by Molly MacRae


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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58 comments:

  1. Happy Holidays! I would give the ghost a hug. Thanks for having this contest.

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  2. How about a picture of a favorite place or person as a remembrance.

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  3. hmmmmmmm...a happy song, song together, a new white sheet or a new bell to ding with instead of clunky chains!
    Lynn/MI

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  4. I would give Geneva something scented like fresh mint leaves. Maybe it would help Kath know when she's around!

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  5. Dianne-south dakotaDecember 23, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    I would give the ghost a hug and the gift of my time...to listen to them tell their stories, their memories and about their lives.

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  6. I'm sure all ghosts have very large noses, and there are no handy tissues in the spirit world. A big soft, white hankie would be my choice for Christmas gift. It could hang and blow mysteriously alongside the ghost's usual draperies.

    Merry Christmas to you!
    Theresa from Crime Fiction group

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  7. Some nice Christmas music, maybe instrumental so you don't feel tempted to sing along, since she obviously hears the music. And some wonderful scents of Christmas, to help bring back good memories from the past. Have a very Merry Christmas, everyone!

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  8. We'd give a ghost a pet. :-)
    Merry Christmas!
    Sparkle Abbey

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  9. I would give Geneva something scented like fresh mint leaves. Maybe it would help Kath know when she's around! Cathy Crowley (sorry, I didn't mean to be "anonymous"...

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    1. The scent of mint whenever she's around - good idea, Cathy. Thanks! Or lemon verbena? I'm not sure what that smells like, but it always sounds so good. Merry Christmas!

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  10. How about a scrapbook of memories or a collection of stories/memories she has shared with you?

    Beverly aka Booklady

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  11. Cookies that were a favorite in their past.

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  12. Hi, Molly,

    Just catching up after a long day with the entire family yesterday.
    Everyone knows a white sheet is just what every ghost needs.
    Happy Holidays!

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    1. Hah! Or maybe stripes for special occasions. Merry Christmas, Jacquie!

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  13. How about some shared stories and pictures for those memories.

    Happy Holidays!

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  14. I'd give the ghost a radio to pass the time.

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    1. What she'd really like is a plasma TV, but a radio is a great idea. Thanks!

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  15. I asked my 7 year old what you'd give a ghost for Christmas and she said, "well, whatever it wants....WAIT, did the ghost make a wishlist for Santa???" Love my kiddo :)

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    1. Great idea to ask you kiddo. Sometimes Geneva acts like a 7 year old!

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  16. Give the ghost some holiday spirits! A nice single malt scotch will quiet that ghost down in no time. Merry Christmas, baby!

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    1. Oh, Dorothy, what a great idea. I bet a ghost could really but the "boo" in booze!

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  17. Love all the suggestions! How about a special place in the house with past mementoes - photos, books, music?

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  18. Geneva needs an iPad, so she can join Facebook and friend all the other ghosts in cyberspace. Probably a good idea to include a stand for the iPad ... She might have trouble holding it!

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  19. I would give Geneva the abIlity to eat one meal as a human!
    Cara Dube
    Caradube@bellsouth.net

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    1. I wonder what she'd ask for, Cara? Something she always loved or something she's only seen and wondered about? I'll ask her. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  20. I would make Geneva a video of all the places she used to go, people she knew, things she likes, then have it so she can watch it whenever she wants!

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  21. I think sometimes all the ghosts want is a nice conversation and to be acknowledged. So sit down and have a chat with your local ghost. They will love it!

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  22. I would give the ghost my time, to tell me what they want.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  23. I think the video idea is a good one.

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  24. I wish our blog had a "like" button with the comment section. Or a "love" button! I love all your ideas, especially the ones about giving Geneva my time or giving her something to evoke memories. Those are very thoughtful suggestions. Keep them coming!

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  25. I think that ghosts mostly want attention and somebody to listen to their problems---so I'd give her the gift of my time.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  26. I like the idea of giving her "spirits", only I would give her something festive like a strawberry Bellini or daquari. Of course these are my faves so I would join her. :)

    Pen

    pmettert at yahoo dot com

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  27. A kitten to chase the ball of yarn in real time. Everyone needs a companion.

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  28. I think a 600 count percale sheet would be perfect, pastel not white.

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  29. a mirror

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  30. A Christmas feast. They must be hungry.
    Sandy 2012

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  31. How about one of those light-up EMF detectors they use on ghost hunting shows? That way you can ask her questions and she can use the lights to answer yes or no. :)

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  32. A computer and internet access so that they could get up to date on everything they might think to ask and be entertained when no one was around...and I would give lessons on how to use said computer.

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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  33. two ears to listen to their story ? :D

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  34. How about a Christmas cupcake with white sprinkles?

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  35. THat's an interesting question. For a lady ghost, I think I'd give her an Opal necklace. Opals remind me of ghosts.

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    1. Opals and ghosts, that's interesting. I can see that.

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  36. I would invite the ghost to stay for Xmas and share Xmas dinner with them. For a gift perhaps a nice shawl to keep them warm in the cold places.

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  37. Spend time talking to them via EVP and then a tv to watch when I'm not there.

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  38. Knit her a nice pair of ghostly gloves. LOL

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  39. How about an hour a day to set the radio or tv to whatever station she wants? For a week or so :)

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    1. I think you're on to something, Aurian. She does love TV. It might be a slippery slope, though, because she really LOVES TV.

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  40. I think I might be a tad spooked & so give the ghost whatever it wanted.

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  41. I'd give a ghost a box of crayons to color herself or himself with. A spirited, colorful ghost would be fun for a few seconds. Then poof, back to gray mist.

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  42. Yay! I can't wait to read this. It's the perfect series for me. :) Happy Holidays!

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