Saturday, September 30, 2017

Santa's Summer Vacation

By Merry Wilkinson from the Year Round Christmas Mysteries by Vicki Delany

That sure went fast. Summer I mean, now it’s fall and pretty soon the holiday season will be in full swing.

And for me, that means work, work, and more work. I own a Christmas-themed gift store in a Christmas-themed town. Mrs. Claus’s Treasures on Jingle Bell Lane in Rudolph, New York

In Rudolph, we love Christmas so much we celebrate it all year round.  Which means I work in the shop all year round, but I don’t mind. I love having my own business in the town I love.

Case in point was this summer. Santa Claus (aka Noel Wilkinson, my dad) came to Rudolph to have his summer vacation on Lake Ontario.  We made a big deal of it with a boat parade, official welcome to the town, costumed elves, Santa meeting delighted kids on the beach.  I even made a summer version of my Mrs. Claus costume. Alan Anderson, local woodworker and toymaker, didn’t bother to wear something seasonal when representing Santa’s Head Toymaker, and he just about melted in the heat.
It was a lot of fun, and everyone had a great day. Until…

Oops.  Better not say too much. I’ll let you read all about it in Hark the Herald Angels Slay, coming November 28 from Penguin Random House.

Vicki Delany also writes the Lighthouse Library series under the name Eva Gates, and the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series. Body on Baker Street, the second in the series, was released in September by Crooked Lane Books. Find Vicki at She regularly runs giveaways and contests on Facebook at

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