Hey y’all. Ginger here.
It’s July. Lazy, hazy July. Too hot, at least here in the south, to do much outside, unless you have a pool or visit one regularly. So what do you do with your time?
Read, of course.
Since Kimberly gave you a general overview of the book on Thursday. I thought I’d give you a closer look into Mitch, my hero in Mr. Christmas and Miss Scrooge.
Mitch, what do you love about Mistletoe Springs? Conversely, what do you hate?
Well, let’s see. I love the small town feel. People love each other here and are willing to help whenever possible. Of course, I love it because my mom calls it home. As for hate…maybe how small it seems some days. Everyone knows everyone’s business, which is sometimes a good thing and sometimes not.
Why’d you come back?
My mom. She was diagnosed with cancer a few months back and needed help. Coming to live with me in my tiny one bedroom apartment in the city didn’t appeal to her, so here I am.
Not a one. I love my mother and will do anything to help her. And…well, I find that Mistletoe Springs and its people are growing on me.
Why do you volunteer at the Second Chance Animal Shelter?
Some people might not agree, but animals have feelings too. They deserve care and love, especially when their humans abandon them or have to give them up for a good reason. I want to help make the transition from one owner to another comfortable for the animal.
What kinds of animals have you cared for there?
Scott and Roxanne will take most any animal, as long as we have the facilities to care for it. Dogs and cats, of course, but we’ve also had rats, birds of all kinds, and some reptiles. We even had a flock of chickens.
Why’d you volunteer to do the fundraiser decorating? Wouldn’t that normally fall to a woman?
Ha. Stereotypes. Bah-humbug. I love Christmas. Since I was old enough to put the decorations on the tree, I have been. When I got big enough to put on the star, I did it all myself as my mom and dad, when he was still alive, watched, drank their hot cider, and listened to Christmas music. Christmas isn’t about the lights and decorations, but they sure make it fun, and that’s what I want to do with our Christmas in July fundraiser–make it fun.
What about Margaret Holberg?
<he blushes> Miss Holberg and I… Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out.
In case you missed it before, here’s more about Love in Mistletoe Springs:
The Mistletoe Springs animal shelter loses their grant, endangering the lives of countless stray dogs, cats, even birds and turtles. The community attempts to save the shelter by running a Christmas in July fundraiser. Groups of volunteers scramble to get all the details together while managing their personal lives. For ten people, love gets in the way.