Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Christmas in New York City in the 1930s #BookGiveaway #SeasonsReading


By Elizabeth “Biz” Adams
From Peg Cochran’s Murder, She Reported Series

The holiday season is a wonderful time to be in New York City.  It starts with a bang with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  The whole family went to see it one year—it was terribly cold but we all bundled up and afterwards we had hot chocolate at Schrafft’s.  My sister Rose, who was only three years old at the time, squealed with delight when the first balloon came into view.

Then there’s ice skating at Rockefeller Center and the lighting of the enormous Christmas tree, which sparkles with hundreds and hundreds of lights.  Sadly, it rained last year but we managed to take shelter under the canopy of Saks Fifth Avenue across the street.

Of course, there’s plenty of shopping to be done, but I also make time to window shop and admire all the wonderful Christmas displays like the animated display in the large Fifth Avenue windows of Lord & Taylor.  They are quite spectacular!

Of course there’s Christmas Day itself when we open all the presents that have been under the tree teasing us for days!  Mrs. Murphy roasts a goose and we have celery stuffed with pimento cheese to start followed by soup, the goose and all the trimmings and slices of fruitcake for dessert.

Then it’s time to ring in the New Year with a glass of champagne and a trip to Times Square to watch the ball drop.  Do you know they’ve been doing that since 1907?

I’m always a bit sad when the season comes to an end but I know we have spring to look forward to in a few short months.

What are some of your favorite holiday memories?

Season's Readings Giveaway!

I am giving away one e-book of Murder, She Encountered, which will be out on December 3!


New York City, 1939. A rising star at the Daily Trumpet, Elizabeth “Biz” Adams has been sent to the World’s Fair—billed as the “World of Tomorrow,” a look toward a brighter future even as the drumbeats of war grow louder—to cover a robbery. What she stumbles upon instead is a dead woman, dumped into the Aquacade’s pool with a nylon stocking wrapped around her neck.

Elizabeth snaps a photo as the police arrest Joey Dorman, a gentle young hot dog vendor who made no secret of his obsession with the murder victim. Even though she’s thrilled that her photo makes the front page, the fear and confusion evident on Joey’s face are haunting. So Elizabeth vows to prove his innocence—or his guilt—with her partner at the Daily Trumpet, Ralph Kaminsky. Meanwhile, her romance with Detective Sal Marino is heating up, and Elizabeth is more determined than ever to follow her heart.

But when Kaminsky’s efforts to expose the real killer land him in the hospital, Elizabeth is forced to continue the investigation on her own. And as she tries to narrow down the long list of suspects, she discovers a dark secret running through the Fair—a secret some would kill to protect.


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27 comments:

  1. Going to an annual Christmas tree lighting.
    Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. Christmas is coming faster. Looking forward to seeing the ice statues.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. My favorite Christmas tradition was my Dad always arriving very early so he could go down the hall saying “Hohoho Santa’s been here!” and waking up our daughter to go see what was under the tree. It was a tradition that we all loved – including his granddaughter. When she had just turned a teenager, she actually woke up very early to get dressed and fixed up (you know teenagers when it comes to having their photos taken) and then crawled back into bed just so Pappaw could “wake her up” Christmas morning like he always did. I cherish these memories since both Dad and our daughter are together now having Christmas in heaven. <3 Mom joined them a few years later.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Kay, I'm so sorry for your loss but what wonderful memories you have of the special people in your life.

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  4. My favorite holiday memories involve getting together with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  5. I got to read an ARC of this book.
    It's great!

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  6. One of my favorite holiday memories is of my Dad driving us all around town on Christmas Eve to look at a Christmas lights, and I always love it when the family is all together. bobandcelia (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  7. My favorite Christmas memory is going to Christmas Mass and coming home and getting together with family and friends for dinner.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. We have lots of great memories & things we love to do together. Going to look at Christmas lights is probably the favorite for everyone. bookworm(dot)walters(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Thank you for the contest. I love this series. Great Holiday book.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. I forgot to add Christmas Parade is the way we always knew Santa was coming and one of our favorite activities...
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  10. I love this fun series! My favorite Christmas memory is my first granddaughter being born on Christmas Day! She, along with her brother and cousins, is the best gift I could ever wish for!

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  11. Every Christmas I make ornaments with my oldest grandson. We tried adding the then-2-yr-old, but he wasn’t interested last year. Hopefully now that he’s 3, the middle one will join us. We’ll wait a couple of yrs to add the 1-yr-old.

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  12. I forgot: legallyblonde1961 at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

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  13. When I was 6 or 7 years old, we 3 girls each got 3 dolls for Christmas! We were so excited and happy!

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  14. My favorite Christmas memory is all of our family gathered together to play charades, we laughed so hard we cried! Thanks for the chance to win! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  15. This sounds like a great read. My favorite Christmas memory was when I was 12 years old and my brother and mom stayed up all night on Christmas Eve putting together my sisters bike listening to my new boom box I am old lol but staying up so we could open up our presents early on Christmas Day. Thanks for the chance.

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  16. One favorite Christmas memory is attending midnight mass and having hot chocolate and cookies with the attendees after mass before heading home.

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  17. Making cutout cookies with my parents, decorating the Xmas tree with my Mom...how special Christmas morning always was!

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  18. My favorite Christmas was the year I received my 3 foot tall Raggedy Ann. She was the first piece of my future collection. I now have over a hundred dolls (probably closer to 300 not including other Raggedy Ann items), but she is still my favorite. The one thing I always remember about Christmas growing up was my sister and I were not allowed to help decorate the tree. My mother would hand us one ornament and point to the branch where we could hang it (she would always rearrange later). I believe it is why I love decorating the tree as an adult. Happy Holidays! Doodlesink(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  19. Driving around town to see all the holiday decorations. Especially since we don't decorate. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  20. Being with family and friends. Thanks for the giveaway. Love this series. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. My favorite memory is when my mother and us kids would take the bus downtown to look at all the decorations. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I lived on an island when I was growing up. We had a volunteer fire department, and every year the department would have a Christmas party for the children. We would watch movies and have ice cream. And then Santa would arrive on one of the fire trucks. Every child received a gift and a stocking. Even when I was too old to receive a gift, I still liked to go - it was a great community event in our town. Renee - rwilson@ws4r.com

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  23. Would love to Win! Thank you!

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  24. I remember my grandparents playing Nat King Cole Christmas carols. I loved it. anajs95(at)gmail(dot)com

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