By Lizzie Turner from the
Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries by Erika Chase
So, I’m sitting here staring in anticipation at these boxes of Christmas cards. I say, anticipation because I love writing on, sending and receiving them. The real things. Paper. Not e-cards, although I enjoy do getting those, too. But to me, good old fashioned Christmas cards are the most enduring.
I can remember as a child, rushing home from school each day to open the cards that arrived by mail. I’d leave my mama with strict instructions every morning to leave them for me. And, she did.
First, I’d check out the envelope to see if my name was included or if it stated Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Turner. Sometimes, an “& family” was added. Most times, especially from close friends, it said, “& Lizzie’. Those were very special to me. It was my invitation into the excitement of a tradition that had been taking place for a very long time.
My mama would then save them to look through with daddy when he got home, then she’d string them on ribbon across the mantle. And when that got too full, they’d be draped across our many bookcases in the living room.
Of course, I’d get excited about putting up the tree with our tradition of hot chocolate and watching some Christmas TV special right after that. And I’d insist on having The Night Before Christmas read to me over and over again, even though I’d long been reading for myself.
Other Christmas memories: sweet aromas of mama’s baking; mouth-watering turkey and stuffing on Christmas Day; and friends stopping by all the time, it seemed. Everyone was in a state of good cheer and best wishes floated through the air.
I love Christmas and here it’s about to happen all over again! But first, the cards.
What are some of your favorite traditions?
Killer Characters are giving away a book a day leading up to the big day! Just be sure to leave a comment and you could win the book of your choice from the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries! Happy reading and Merry Christmas!
BOOK FAIR AND FOUL, the 4th in the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries
is now available!
Also available are COVER STORY, READ AND BURIED and, A KILLER READ, (#2 on the Barnes and Noble Mystery Bestseller List and an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Mystery) Look for book #5, LAW AND AUTHOR in Sept. 2015
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