Holly Miller blogs for
The Paws and Claws Mysteries
by Krista Davis
I was looking forward to a Christmas in Wagtail. Not to be too sappy, but like the ones I remember from my childhood. I have such vivid memories of the candlelight procession to the church where we sang carols. The Sugar Maple Inn was always lavishly draped with garlands of pine, and the Christmas tree was gigantic and loaded with sparkling ornaments. It always snowed, leaving a dusting on Wagtail just like Christmas in a picture book.
When I think back, I'm certain the tree wasn't that big, nor was the snow magical. I was six when we moved to California. Don't get me wrong. Christmas was lovely there. But then my parents divorced, and holidays were always a mad rush to see everyone.
I had hoped those days were over. But here I am in my early thirties, and my parents are still both playing the guilt card. Mom wants me to come to California, and Dad insists I visit him in Florida. Both of them have new spouses and more children. It's not like I'm their only hope for a merry Christmas. In the end, I capitulated. I wouldn't dream of going without Trixie, my Jack Russell Terrier, and Twinkletoes, my calico kitten, so Florida won. I ashamed to admit that I'm not looking forward to driving for two days each way. I'd much rather stay in Wagtail.
Fortunately, I have an excuse to come back right away. Oma, my grandma, is taking a much deserved cruise with her best friend, Rose. This will be the first time I'll be in charge of the Sugar Maple Inn by myself. I'm looking forward to it. The town of Wagtail will be throwing a big murder mystery weekend in January called Murder Most Howl. The inn is already completely booked. It will be great fun, and I can finally prove to Oma that I can handle the inn by myself!
I'm off to Florida now. I wish all of you the merriest Christmas and a fabulous New Year. Maybe I'll see you at Murder Most Howl!
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