From: Muffin to Fear
Series: Merry Muffin Mysteries
Released: July 25th, 2017
Berkley Prime Crime
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries
Like every small town, there are seasonal traditions in Autumn Vale, but some of them are a little odd, if you don't know the background. There's Apple Share day, when locals block off the street and orchard owners come to town with their excess apple harvest to share. That goes back to the Great Depression when local farmers shared with townees any bounty they had. It's a wonderful example of Autumn Vale spirit.
But a much more recent one is that on the first day of fall you will see the town workers putting up Christmas decorations; Christmas decorations in September? Well, it's all because of the October Surprise of 2006, otherwise known as the year with no Christmas decorations in Autumn Vale.
It took days to get the streets cleared and everything back up and running, and weeks to clear the fallen trees. As a result both the town budget and everyone's patience was depleted, and in a record setting vote they all just decided to do without the Christmas decorations that year. Most depressing Christmas ever, Gogi tells me. She was, at the time, still in the throes of her breast cancer battle and it was a low point.
So the year after, 2007, they made a point of putting up the town Christmas decorations on the first day of fall and not later. And now it's a tradition.
So... are there any fall traditions where you live?
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