Last year, during the week before Christmas, I did the following:
· moved out of my condo so that it could be remodeled,
· turned in a proposal for the second book of a trilogy,
· had outpatient surgery.
Needless to say, the halls were NOT decked.
But it taught me that I don’t need the traditional tree and all the trappings to put me in the Christmas spirit. A scented candle and holiday music will take me a long way toward Ho-Ho-Ho.
That, and Santa Lemon.
Santa Lemon? Well, yes. You see, my kitchen is decorated with California fruit crate labels, from the days when fruit was still put in wooden boxes to be shipped. My specialty is lemons and one of my prize possessions is a label from Santa brand lemons, from Santa Paula, California, dated 1928.
It features Santa himself, complete with red hat and holly, carrying a bag ostensibly filled with Sunkist lemons. And it is so much easier than a tree.
It holds a treasured, seasonal spot in my kitchen every year, but now that my kitchen has been remodeled, I’m not quite sure where that “place of honor” should be.
So here are two pictures – in one, he’s on a counter by the sink. In the second, he’s on a little counter space beside the refrigerator.
I’m giving away a copy of RETURN OF THE BORDER WARRIOR, the first of my trilogy about the Brunson Clan, to a commenter, so help me decide where I should keep Santa this Christmas. Sink or fridge? (Add your email, too, please, and whether you’d like a print or a Kindle version of the book)
Oh, and the book I turned in last year? It’s the second one in the series, CAPTIVE OF THE BORDER LORD, and it will be out – you guessed it – the week before Christmas.
Blythe Gifford has been known for medieval romances featuring characters born on the wrong side of the royal blanket. Her new trilogy is set on the turbulent Scottish Borders of the early Tudor era, starting with RETURN OF THE BORDER WARRIOR, November 2012. CAPTIVE OF THE BORDER LORD will follow in January 2013, and TAKEN BY THE BORDER REBEL in March 2013. The Chicago Tribune has called her work "the perfect balance between history and romance." Visit her at www.blythegifford.com, www.facebook.com/BlytheGifford, or www.twitter.com/BlytheGifford.
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