Sunday, December 23, 2018

Not a Creature was Stirring, Not a Ghost or a Mouse (with a Giveaway!)



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by Kath Rutledge
from the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries by Molly MacRae

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‘Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Not a ghost or a mouse.  



(That isn’t exactly true. The Weaver’s Cat, my fiber and fabric shop was packed with last minute customers.)

The stockings were all knit,
We’d been working full tilt,
And Argyle, the shop cat,
Was asleep on his quilt.


(He’s a cutie, isn’t he?)

When up in the attic,
There arose such a moaning,
I dashed up the stairs
And I couldn’t help groaning . . .


. . . and this is why it isn’t exactly true that not a creature was stirring. Mice weren’t the problem; it was Geneva. She was moping and moaning, and it took a while to find out what was bothering her. 

“It’s very sad,” she said.
“I’ve been looking forward to this night,
But it just isn’t Christmas,
Because something’s not right.”

“The lights are aglow,
And I hear the church bells,
But it isn’t the same,
Without the right smells.”

“We have oranges and hot cocoa,” I said.
And the fresh cut fir we’ve brought inside.
What smells are missing?”
“Warm gingerbread,” she sighed.


Gingerbread – what a simple and perfect request! How can I deny her? But I’m not much of a baker, and I’d rather not experiment on something so important to Geneva, so I’ll have to search through Granny’s recipes for one that looks both good and foolproof.

Do you have a favorite Christmastime smell that triggers cozy memories? 

We’ve been celebrating the upcoming release of Crewel and Unusual, book 6 in the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries, with five months of giveaways. To win a copy of Knot the Usual Suspects, book 5 in the series, tell me about a favorite Christmastime smell and leave your email address in a comment below. Do you already own a copy? That’s okay! Win another and give it to a friend. Giveaway ends at midnight December 25th.


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Molly MacRae is the author of the award-winning, national bestselling Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries and the Highland Bookshop Mysteries. Visit Molly on Facebook and Pinterest, connect with her on Twitter @mysteryMacRae.





58 comments:

  1. We have a tradition of spending Christmas Eve day making treats for Santa, so the kitchen always smells yummy.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  2. My favorite Christmas smell is Cinnamon! Actually, my house smells like cinnamon from October thru December, because I love getting those cinnamon brooms and cinnamon scented pine cones to put around the house, and I use it frequently in cookie and pie recipes. Thanks so much for the chance to win! JL_Minter@hotmail (dot) com.

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  3. I love the smells of gingerbread, pumpkin, roasting turkey, cookies baking, fudge, divinity, and snow!
    Thank you for giving away the book. I really enjoy this series.
    Happy Christmas!
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  4. My favorite smell at Christmas is the smell of the tree and the baking of cookies.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  5. The smell of nutmeg always makes me think of when my Grandma made eggnog at Christmas. Tari H, barbie17(at)gmail(d0t)com

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  6. I think the smell of sugar cookies baking is my favorite smell. My kids and their friends all come to my house to bake cookies on Christmas Eve. It's a lot of fun and I look forward to it every year.

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  7. I love the smell of the Christmas tree and baking cookies. ioncookbooks(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. when I bake apple cake the entire house smells wonderful. Apples, cinnamon, vanilla and love. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. The scent of roasting turkey combined with baking lemon cake is delightful. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. The smell of Christmas cookies baking is my favorite smell. Merry Christmas!
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. For me it is the smell of cedar or pine, cinnamon, apple and pumpkin...of course the wrapping paper has its own smell as does the new clothes I associate with it... but in particular the Christmas Tree smell...Merry Christmas.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  12. Fresh evergreens are wonderful. We get a fresh tree each year and enjoy the aroma.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  13. The aroma of gingerbread cookies baking in the oven.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  14. The smell of cinnamon. I love it, also gingerbread. Those speak to me of Christmas Thanks for a chance to win.
    babemomara@att.net

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  15. I love the smell of a real Christmas tree. lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  16. The smell of real Christmas trees! We always had one growing up!!
    Cathy_daniel2000@yahoo.com

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  17. My favorite Christmas time smells are pine, cloves, and oranges. All three bring me back to my childhood. Pine because we had real trees. Cloves because my mother did a lot of baking. Oranges because we always got an orange in our stockings.

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  18. Cardamom, cinnamon, cloves. All the warm spices remind me of Christmas and make me smile. Merry Christmas! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I can't say I have any particular smells that remind me of Christmas. We have had artifical trees for years, so the pine, cedar, fur smell isn't necessarily a familiar one. And I don't do a lot of baking, and no cooking {hubby does the cooking}, so spice smells like cinnamon, or nutmeg, or cloves don't remind me of Christmas. Hubby & I both like gingerbread, but we don't have it very often. I do have a new recipe for soft gingerbread cookies so I may try some tomorrow.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  20. Fresh baked cookies, gingerbread, chocolate and peppermint. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  21. When I think of a smell associated with Christmas, I think of the smell of a real tree!! Happy holidays!! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. When I think of a Christmas smell, I immediately think about a real tree! lindaherold999(at)gmail.com

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  23. The smell of pie—the “real” Christmas tree. Nothing like it. Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  24. The smell of a ''real'' Christmas tree is amazing.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  25. The smell of pumpkin & pecan pies baking. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. The smell of cinnamon rolls as they are baking. I love anything cinnamon! pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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  27. I love the smell of a real Christmas tree.
    Donah42 at aol dot com

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  28. Fresh latkes! cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  29. Gingerbread - Yum 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. I love the smell of baking. Wonderful. kckendler at gmail dot com.

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  31. I love the smell of gingerbread but when I lived at home with my parents, it was the smell of baking in general. My mother would bake balish, kolashki, cookies, fruitcake, and much more. Of course there were pies, pies and more pies for Christmas day, pumpkin, mincemeat, apple, cherry... Those were fond memories from my childhood. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  32. Fresh baked dinner rolls topped with butter Jrshooligans@gmail.com

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  33. The smell of the Christmas tree and cookies baking is wonderful.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  34. Nutmeg and pumpkin pie

    kaye.killgore(at)comcast(dot)net

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  35. Oooh - great question! The scents that make me think of Christmas are cloves, as in clove oranges, balsam, fir and spruce (in candles, since we have a fake tree) and cinnamon. That's a longer story. When my kids were young, we once made ornaments out of a dough made from cinnamon and flour. It smelled WONDERFUL but looked gross. To this day, my kids remember this as the year we made poop ornaments. All these years later, those ornaments still smell like cinnamon! We're bracing ourselves to introduce my granddaughters to cinnamon ornaments. I know they'll enjoy making them, but they'll enjoy the name most!

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    1. Those cinnamon ornaments do smell wonderful, but I'd never thought about the hilarity of making them. Have fun with your granddaughters!

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  36. Forgot to add my email: Treethyme@aol.com

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  37. Hi, thanks for the giveaway. I love the smell of pine fresh cut Christmas tree. Georgia queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

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  38. Congratulations, Taurus! You won the copy of Knot the Usual Suspects! Thanks to all for sharing you memories of wonderful Christmas scents. Happy New Year to readers everywhere!

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