By: Merry Wynter and Jaymie Leighton
From: Much Ado About Muffin & White Colander Crime
Series: Merry Muffin Mysteries & Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Merry Wynter and Jaymie Leighton talk about Christmas.
Merry Wynter: It's not even quite Thanksgiving yet. Feels a little early to talk about Christmas, but I am getting in the mood already. So... here goes. I'm new to small town living. I grew up in New York, and my grandmother would always make a big deal out of going to Rockefeller Center to see the tree and the skaters, and hot cocoa at the cafe with a view of the ice rink.
Jaymie Leighton: That is really neat! I've always been a small town girl, but every year I go across the border to the Ontario city where my sister and Grandma Leighton live, to spend Christmas with them. They have a park in the middle of the city with lots of lighted trees and big wooden cutouts, as well as a sleigh and reindeer... it just lights up with Christmas and holiday cheer every December.
Merry: It's really been different spending Christmas in Autumn Vale. Special and fun, but in different ways than in New York. In Autumn Vale things center around community groups, like the Brotherhood of the Falcon Women's Auxiliary, and the Methodist church. Both have potluck dinners and dances, Christmas sales, that kind of thing.
Jaymie: Sure, I get you. Queensville is like that too. But it's a coordinated effort in my town. We have what's called 'Dickens Days', put on by the heritage association, which I belong to. And now with the new heritage house museum we've furnished and run, we're really in fundraising and advertising mode. Our more vocally talented members dress in Victorian garb and stroll through Queensville caroling with some traditional and many more modern songs. I can't sing a note, but I can bake! So I make treats for them to share and sell at the booth where they give out hot cider and hot chocolate.
Merry: I bake too! Mostly muffins; this year I'm going to come up with some Christmas-y muffins, I think. That gets my imagination going... maybe some hot cocoa muffins with marshmallows!
Jaymie: Sounds soooo good! Chocolate anything, please! But for me Christmas is mostly about time with my family... my parents, Grandma, sister Becca and her boyfriend Kevin, and this year Jakob and his family. And I can't forget Denver, my crabby tabby, and Hoppy, my cheerful little Yorkie-Poo!
Merry: Sounds lovely. I don't actually have any blood relatives, but I truly have made family out of my friends, Shilo, Pish, and now, in Autumn Vale, my adopted cat, Beckett, Hannah and her folks, Binny, Janice and Simon, Doc English, of course, and especially Gogi and her gorgeous son Virgil Grace.
Merry & Jaymie: So to all of you... Happy Holidays, whatever you celebrate! And... how do you celebrate holidays in your home town?
Season's Readings Giveaway!!To enter:
1 - Comment on today's blog, one entry only, please! If you enter after midnight on the 21st, your comment will go to moderation first, so please don't be concerned if it doesn't show up immediately! I'll make sure all entries are valid.
2 - Open to US and Canadian addresses only.
3 - Enter by Midnight, November 23rd.
4 - There are two packages; please indicate a preference. The first name I draw using random dot org will receive the package they have indicated, and the second name drawn will get the other.
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To kick off our holiday giveaway in a big way, I have TWO packages to give.
Package 1: One signed copy each of Much Ado About Muffin (Merry Muffin #4) & White Colander Crime (Vintage Kitchen Mysteries #5) as well as a cool skull teaspoon, a pocket sized coloring journal and watercolor pencil crayons.
I'm including a handmade beaded bookmark!
Package 2: Audio Book CD versions of the first four books of the Merry Muffin Mysteries and the cool skull teaspoon. You can keep the audio books, or give them away as a gift! Or donate to a library, or nursing home... the possibilities are endless!