An Excerpt from Camp NaNoWriMo July 2016

I'm a little behind right now, but I'm trying to write another 50k words during the month of July.  It's proving to be a little bit difficult what with my work schedule and all of the fun summer activities going on right now.

I'm writing another Christmas novel because Christmas is my favorite holiday and it makes me happy. Today I'm going to share an excerpt from my new novel.  It is currently titled The McGregor's Do Christmas.

“This is amazing.”  I say, while turning in a circle so that I can admire all of the beauty around me.

I’m standing in my best friend Kelsey’s dorm room, admiring the Christmas decorations that she and her roommate Melanie have adorned every wall and every spare countertop with.  They have garlands and mini Christmas trees galore.  The holiday spirit is very apparent in this room.

“Thanks, Carissa.  I knew that you, the queen of Christmas, would be the person to truly appreciate it.” 

Kelsey plops down on her dark purple bedspread and throws her backpack on the floor, signifying that she is done with school for the day.  We just got out of our intro to Psych final and now we’re hanging out here until it’s time to meet some of the other girls from Kelsey’s floor for dinner at the dining hall.  We were originally going to dawdle at the coffee shop in the student union but then Kelsey remembered that I hadn’t seen their decorations yet.  Christmas is by far my favorite holiday so we both knew that needed to be rectified as soon as humanly possible.  Nothing makes me happier than getting to decorate for Christmas time

I think my favorite part Kelsey and Melanie’s decoration are the paper snowflakes that they have hanging from their ceiling.  The snowflakes are all different sizes and shapes and none of them look even remotely similar, even though they’re made out of completely the same materials.  They’re beautiful and delicate and completely one of a kind.

“Who made all of these?”  I ask, gesturing above my head.  I reach up to delicately 

“Melanie and her little brothers and sisters made most of them.  She went home one weekend and was babysitting them and decided to do some holiday crafts.”

I smile to myself.  “That’s so cute.  My siblings and I never really did crafts together but it sounds like fun.”

“It makes me want to barf, Carissa”  Kelsey says, shooting me a look.  “That’s how cute it is.”

“Oh, stop that.”

Melanie’s bed is always neatly made up so I go over to her side of the room and sit down on the bed, smoothing it down beneath me so that it doesn’t get wrinkled.

“You were right.”  I tell Kelsey.  “I love your decorations.”

“I knew you would.  You just really love Christmas for some reason.”

I notice the way she phrases that and know that I have to tread lightly.  Kelsey just doesn’t understand why I love Christmas so much, considering the fact that my parents have only taken me to church 2 times in my life.  The first time was when my Dad’s parents forced them to baptise me and the second time was when we went to see my little cousin on my Mom’s side have her first communion.  Neither of the experiences was very special or memorable to me.  I guess you could say that religion is not really my thing.

I’ve tried to explain that to Kelsey but she always just rolls her eyes.  She’s said before that she thinks I’m fake for loving Christmas when Jesus is the whole reason for the season but I don’t care what she says.  I don’t need religion to enjoy things like holiday movies and Christmas cookies and happy holiday songs on the radio.

Are you a fan of Christmas decorations?  Tell me how you decorate in the comments?

Take care,

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