Friday, November 30, 2018

It’s Christmas in Christmas Town!


By Merry Wilkinson from Vicki Delany’s Year Round Christmas Mysteries

The town of Rudolph New York is a Year-Round- Christmas destination.  You might think that because we celebrate Christmas all year, we are bored and jaded when the time actually arrives.  Anything but. 

In Rudolph we lived and breathed Christmas all year long. You might think that would make us hard and cynical when the time arrived, but somehow it made me love the real thing all the more. And I knew the majority of my fellow townspeople felt the same.
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Grinches don’t live in Rudolph for long.
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Everyone loved being in the parade, but getting ready and assembled in all the chaos was extremely stressful. Children, not to mention their mothers, could be brought to tears, and more than one fist fight usually threatened to break out. Over the years, I’d heard hundreds of people swear never to do it again. A month later they’d be back, signing up for the parade once again.
As the pure young voices rang out, I could see people visibly relaxing. Grins appeared on ruddy faces, and folks gave their neighbors warm smiles and exchanged handshakes.

The Christmas magic was back.
From Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany

Here are some pictures taken around Rudolph. I hope they help put you in the Christmas mood!






(Note from Vicki. Rudolph isn’t actually a real place, so the pictures were taken in Quebec City.)
As part of our Seasons Readings festivities, and to really help you get in the mood, I’m offering a signed copy of Hark the Herald Angels Slay to one lucky winner. Please leave a comment below. US and Canada entries. Contest closes Monday Dec 3. 






49 comments:

  1. I love small towns at Christmas. They have so many beautiful decorations and the parades for Christmas really bring in the spirit of the season. Thank you for giving away your book.
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  2. The fictional town of Rudolph sounds amazing. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. Sounds like an amazing town that should be a real one!!! Thanks for the chance to win joanie13b(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Those pictures are lovely! I'd love to visit a Christmas town. Reading these books is the next-best thing! Thanks for the giveaway. Have a great weekend! picard1900 (at) gmail.com

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  5. I love streets and towns decorated for Christmas. This will most definitely put me in the mood! Thank you and Happy Holidays! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Christmas the best day of the year, children love it. I especially love going into the malls to see the beautiful decorations. cenya2 (at)hotmail (dot)Com Thank you.

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  7. Christmas is even more special now having a toddler! I just finished God Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen and definitely got me in the chriChris spirit. I'm looking forward to reading the next one :)

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    1. Congratulations! My first grandchild was born this year, and I can't wait until he's old enough to enjoy Christmas.

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  8. Wouldn't it be grand to have a Christmas town all year long! It could be a place to go to have all the good feeling towards our fellow man, to renew our faith in believing, to become childlike often to remind us of what life is through the eyes of a child, and to remember that to give if better than to receive.

    Thank you for the fabulous chance to win a copy of "Hark the Herald Angels Slay"! I would love the opportunity to read it.
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  9. Thank you for the chance.Would Love to win.

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  10. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway. Quebec city is charming, captivating and wonderful. A site to behold. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Quebec City in December is absolutely marvellous!

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  11. Thanks for the chance to try a new series
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  12. What beautiful and amazing photos of Q.C. which is unique and special. Your book would be greatly enjoyed. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. It would be fun to have Christmas all year----as long as it's not cold all year.
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  14. Love the series - I would love to live in a place like Rudolph!

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  15. I love the pictures. I think it would be pretty cool to live in a city that celebrated Christmas year round.
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  16. Love holiday books! Saamm7 (at) MSN (dot) com

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  17. I love shopping in small towns, especially around Christmas. Rudolph sounds like an enchanting little town, can't wait to read the book.
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  18. Nice pictures of "Rudolph"
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  19. Love the pictures of Quebec City. The series sounds wonderful and exciting. Thanks for a chance at winning .
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  20. Loved the first two photos. Reminded me of the small villages in the southern part of Belgium when we lived there.
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  21. Since I am in Florida I get in the Christmas mood by looking at photos of the North with the snow and Christmas lights. Your photos are perfect.

    Nancy B
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  22. I really love this series. It's the perfect Christmas read, especially the first two. Would love to win a signed book! Thanks for the giveaway, Tari H. barbie17(at)gmail(d0t)com

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  23. The pictures are so pretty. I've never been to Quebec City, but now I can picture exactly what the town of Rudolph looks like.
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  24. As I wander around our own small hometown festival I find myself thinking, the one in the book was better.

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    1. Ha! Good one! I hope they don't have any murders in your small town.

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  25. Love attending the crafts fairs before the holidays.

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  26. I love the idea of a town like Rudolph, can't wait to read about it. Thanks for a chance to win.
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  27. Love this series, thanks for the giveaway! doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. I love seeing pictures of small town Christmas. Thanks for the chance.

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  29. I love all the lights and snow at this time of year. Makes it so magical.
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  30. Rudolph sounds like a magical place to live. If it were a real town, I would love to live there. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)Yahoo(dot)com

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  31. I really need this book--my last name is Herold! I live in a nice small town and it's nice around Christmas time! Thanks for the chance to win it! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I lived in a small town and it was amazing. There was always an event going in at the town square and during Christmastime the gazebo was so beautiful!.

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  33. I loved the pictures. They are amazing.
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  34. If Rudolph was a real city, it would be a wonderful tourist attraction all year round. Thanks for your insight into Vicky Delaney's book and their setting. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. I'm disappointed that Rudolph isn't a real place! But those photos of Quebec City are beautiful. The holidays always sneak up on me but now I'm definitely in the spirit!
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    1. Congratulations, Sally! You win! I've sent you an email asking for your postal address.

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  36. Wow, when I first started to read article, I am thinking I have to go visit this town, then you say it is not real, bummer. I would love to read book, cover is appealing. queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

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  37. Thank you for the giveaway! anajs95 at gmail dot com

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  38. Lovely pictures!
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  39. Loved the christmas decorations on Main street in my home town! Love these pictures. The book sounds like a great read. Thanks for the give away!

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  40. My old neighborhood where I grew up in was featured on the ABC show The Great Christmas Light fight and they won. Thirty years of hand made decorations. Love seeing everyones Christmas decorations when I drive around at night. Elisanabby at gmail dot com

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  41. I love your pictures. Small towns are so beautifully decorated for Christmas. You really feel the Christmas spirit.

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  42. I love how alot of small towns decorate for Christmas. So cozy feeling!

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  43. I live in a small town..love the Christmas atmosphere. I do like the fictitious town name. Thank-you! nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  44. Really enjoy this series. Love seeing all the Christmas lights at night. Remember the store displays when I was a little girl. nettiem(at)toledotel(dot)com

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