My Favorite Holiday
By Merry Wilkinson from the Year Round Christmas Mysteries by Vicki Delany
I have to confess that Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday.
Why is that a confession, you ask? Plenty of people love Thanksgiving. What’s not to love – turkey, pumpkin pie, autumn woods, warm sweaters, roaring fires. Family, friends, food!
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 relax before 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! Let me explain:
I love Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday. Don’t tell anyone in Rudolph, but I love Thanksgiving even more than Christmas. My mom and dad always make turkey with all the fixings – walnut and sage stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, a squash casserole, two types of pie. It’s my chance to take one last long deep breath before plunging head first into the madness of the holiday season.
I love Christmas too - my dad is Santa Claus after all - but now that I own the store, when Christmas Day itself arrives I’m totally exhausted. That’s a day to sit back, feet up, mug of hot chocolate in hand, open a few gifts at my parents’ house, and then have a hearty brunch and go to bed early before opening the shop the next morning for the after-Christmas sales.
` Silent Night Deadly Night by Vicki Delany
This year, my mom’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, coming August 27 from Berkley.