Author Kristina Knight Shares Her Favorite Holiday Moments

by Kristina Knight, author of Christmas in a Small Town

I’ve got holiday music (right now it’s Burl Ives singing “Silver and Gold”) playing the background, Sparkling Cinnamon melting in my Yankee Candle Scenterpiece (it’s red with white snowflakes on it), and a cup of cocoa at my elbow. Our tree has been up and decorated since the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and RadioMan wrapped the last of our lights around our big maple tree in the front yard Thanksgiving afternoon.

We are ready for the holiday season.

We’re ready for snow and cold winds and snuggling up before the fire and layering to keep warm and fuzzy slippers and mittens and scarves. We’re ready.

As it always does, getting ready for the holidays got me thinking about a few of my favorite things – there is the Christmas ball that my grandmother made for me, the year I was born. The red velvet ribbon on the top is frayed, and the little girl and Christmas tree are so faded you can barely see them, but it’s still one of my favorite ornaments. There is our Elf on the Shelf – a holiday trinket I swore would never enter our house but when you have a seven year old…things happen. So we have an Elf, and I’ve learned to love that sketchy thing. Our pups (Hazel the Shih Tzu and Angel the Eskie/Corgi mix) have their Christmas sweaters on, and there are the 12 Days of Christmas wall hanging, and the stockings wall hanging quilts my mother-in-law made for me.

But, my top-of-the-list favorite thing hasn’t happened yet: we haven’t made that first drive around our city to see the lights. I love driving the lights, and I love even more wandering through them with a warm cup of cocoa and a bag of freshly roasted chestnuts to munch on. As adults, it’s easy to get lost in the hubbub of the holiday season – the office parties, all the baking, the wrapping, the last minute shopping. Taking a moment to stroll through a display of holiday lights is one of my favorite ways to slow the season down. To really take in all of the beauty in the season, before for those minutes, it’s almost like going back in time. You can smell the snow, you can feel the magic in the air, and you’re transported back to somewhat simpler times that are filled with all the joy and excitement and none of the stress.

In my new book, Christmas in a Small Town, there is a holiday dance, and weekends filled with live music because Slippery Rock is a touristy type town and the mayor is trying to extend tourism season into the winter months. Levi and Camden aren’t looking for romance during the holiday season, but romance is looking for them, and they’re finding it harder and harder to resist the magic of the season. I loved writing the scene at the dance because it’s so much fun to see characters cave – for the first time, and for just a moment – in to the attraction they feel for each other.

What are your favorite holiday moments?

About Christmas in a Small Town:

Running out on her wedding was the best decision ever!

A cheating fiancé sends Camden Harris fleeing to her grandparents’ home in Missouri. When her ex follows, determined to win her back, Camden makes a deal with neighbor Levi Walters: they’ll pretend to be in love and she’ll support his plan to buy her grandparents’ land.

The boy from her childhood has grown up into an impressive man. His charm, good looks and sweet gestures make it difficult for Camden to remember this is fake. And Levi’s kisses only confuse her more.

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