By Merry Wilkinson from the Year Round Christmas Mysteries by Vicki Delany
Everyone has a favourite holiday. I love them all in their own way, but I have to confess that my favourite is Thanksgiving.
Why is that a confession, you ask? Plenty of people love Thanksgiving. What’s not to love – turkey, pumpkin pie, autumn woods, warm sweaters. Family, friends, dinner!
It’s just that I live in Rudolph, New York, America’s Year Round Christmas destination. In Rudolph everything is all Christmas, all the time. And we love it that way! Really, we do.
But, as the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures located on Jingle Bell Lane, Christmas for me means work. The frantic shopping season of November/December, getting my float ready for the semi-annual Santa Claus parade )yes, we have one in July also) , the influx of tourists. My best friend Vicky is so busy at her bakery and café, Victoria’s Bake Shoppe, that I hardly see her, and my boyfriend Alan Anderson is a toy maker. You can imagine what he’s doing all season!
Then the post-holiday sales and trying to remember to have fun to celebrate the new year. So by the time January rolls around I’m bushed.
Thanksgiving is my one last chance to take a deep breath and prepare for the influx of the season. My mom and dad always put on a turkey dinner with all the trimmings for whichever of my siblings happen to be able to come that year, and invite any stray friends they can find. Mom was an internationally-known opera-singer in her youth and she collected a lot of nice things in her travels. It all comes out for Thanksgiving. I love it!
This year, she’s invited a group of her college friends for a reunion the weekend before Thanksgiving. They seem a rather miserable bunch and they don’t get on very well, but I’m sure it will all go well and they’ll have gone home in time for us to celebrate the holiday in true Wilkinson style.
Find out if Merry gets the Thanksgiving she wants in SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT, the fourth book in the Year Round Christmas series, coming August 27 from Berkley.
In the meantime, what's your favouite holiday? Or do you love them all.