Sunday, December 22, 2013
Crazy for Christmas?
Book: Drizzled with Death
Series: The Sugar Grove Mysteries
Author: Jessie Crockett
Does your family love Christmas? Mine does. Maybe too much. The level of decorating zeal is so high I find myself hiding out in the sugarhouse at our farm, Greener Pastures as often as I can. It's the only building on the property not festooned with greenery, tinsel and mechanized musical gizmos.
The house is so full of decorations that my mother has had to expand her decorating enthusiasm to the barn where she has set up a life-sized manger scene in one of the empty stalls at the back. It's so realistic I'm always surprised that the wise men don't start talking. Here's what I had to say about it all in Drizzled with Death:
I knew as soon as I lied to my mother, the night would turn out badly. Guilt sat in the pit of my stomach like a truck stop burger as I watched the lights of my grandparents’ minivan fade down the driveway. I am not by nature a liar, but if I didn’t get a couple hours to myself, I was going to end up headlining the local news. So I did what any devoted daughter would do and faked a migraine.
The holiday season brings on overachieving mania in my family every year. Preparations begin on All Saints’ Day and reach toxic levels of holiday cheer by Thanksgiving. My mother festoons every room in our sprawling farmhouse with porcelain villages, twinkling lights, and creepy animatronic elves. Grandma turns the kitchen inside out crafting mince pies from actual meat, building gingerbread house replicas of famous castles, and challenging Switzerland to a chocolate production duel. My sister composes a holiday newsletter that puts many glossy magazines to shame. The year I was born, my grandfather added a dozen reindeer to our herd of cows and my father built a sleigh for them to pull through the center of town.
Readers, does your family get as crazy for Christmas as mine?
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