It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas

Well, doesn't it? We haven't even eaten the last of the leftovers, but now it's time to decorate for Christmas.

I don't really do nearly as much decorating as I used to--even though everything is easier. The last time we put up our big tree, artificial, but it looks real, our cats had a great time taking off all the ornaments. I have three small trees that I put around, all decorated, one with lights.

Our favorite decoration is a stuffed moose that sings "Grandma was run over by a reindeer."

This year I put our three ceramic Nativity scenes on the mantel and didn't bother with some of our other Christmas knick-knacks. Another sign that I'm getting older. I'm just grateful I can enjoy another Christmas with my family.

Since I have managed to take care of most of my Christmas giving, I'm hoping next week I'll be free to really get going on my latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery. I'm four chapters into it and amazingly my plot is taking off in a couple of directions I never even considered before I began writing.

I'm also in the middle of reading an excellent mystery. It was terribly slow--at least I thought so--in the beginning third, but now it's all beginning to come together. Despite it being on the best seller list, it did a lot of telling rather than showing for chapter after chapter--something that we're told as writers is a definite "no no".

The woman who used to always decorate the church for Christmas is out of town, makes me wonder if anyone is going to take her place. I'll be happy to worship with or without Christmas decorations.

Tomorrow I have a great interview of an author of a most intriguing sounding trilogy of books. I've already ordered the first one.



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