I’m calling it, people. Halloween is here and that means it’s officially the holiday season of 2012. Start making out your menus for Thanksgiving, it’s time to jot down gift ideas for your loved ones, and it’s never too early to stock up on sugar, flour, and butter for any baking you intend to do.
My thoughts–I’m sure all our thoughts–go to those affected by Superstorm Sandy. This year’s season will not be easy for many, and I hope their hearts can be lightened by the good will that flows this time of year. I was just watching a news segment about the burned homes in the Breezy Point area of the Rockaway Peninsula and was so impressed with the determination and community spirit of that neighborhood where approximately 80 homes burned.
Watching the storm coverage felt strange for me in SoCal where the temperature was in the eighties and it felt like summer. We visited NYC in August and were very familiar with the affected areas where the power went out below 39th Street. We were glued to the TV watching that flailing crane. Even as we watched the coverage, we couldn’t wait to get back. We’re rooting for you NYC!
As strange as it might seem to people who live in other parts of the country, SoCal does have a holiday season, even if our temps can be summer-warm. Honest, we do get cool weather (sometimes a coat!) but it’s almost always true that Christmas Day is so warm no one can use the new sweater or robe or flannel jammies.
When I wrote Must Love Mistletoe, a Christmas story, I set it in SoCal. Bailey (yes, like George Bailey from It’s a Wonderful Life) Sullivan is back at her family’s holiday store called The Perfect Christmas. Cynical Bailey ran away from her hometown because she says she hates the holiday, but when the store is threatened, she returns. There, she’s forced to face her feelings about the season and her feelings for her first love, Finn Jacobson, a Secret Service agent with issues of his own. That book, and it’s companion, Not Another New Year’s, show a warm-weather perspective of this time of year. Even if we don’t have snow, we have fun! You might want to check them out at your favorite e-tailer,currently on sale a lot of places for 99 cents each. Here’s the Barnes & Noble link: http://tinyurl.com/7welrbw And the Amazon link: Must Love Mistletoe (Holiday Duet Book 1)
Bailey begins her story as a self-confessed Scrooge (if you read the book you’ll see her gradual change) but what about you? I will admit to being relieved once the season is over, but right now I’m gearing up for busy times with an excited attitude. Are you looking forward to the months ahead? What are your plans?