By Wanda Ottewell, Senior Editor Harlequin Super Romance
It’s that time of year when many of us brace ourselves and, along with all our friends and neighbors and plenty of strangers, tackle the stores looking for those elusive gifts for everyone on our lists (is it just me, or does that list grow every year?). Some people love this season—for the other eleven months of the year they wait and plan and anticipate December. Other people spend those same eleven months hoping that this will be the one year we skip right over December.
Me? I fall somewhere in between. There are parts of the season I enjoy—what’s better than kids opening their stockings on Christmas morning? And other parts… Well, it feels like a bit too much. Sometimes I worry I have more Scrooge than Santa in me, LOL.
As I’ve been doing my treks through the stores and shopping centers lately I’ve considered all the many ways people celebrate and experience the season. And part of that celebration is definitely the stories. Movies, songs, and books all explore the themes of the season—joy, giving, family, being together. I have friends who have a list of movies they watch every Christmas and don’t consider the season complete until they’ve viewed each one. Other friends have a (growing) list of Christmas books they read with their kids every December.
When I started working at Harlequin I was a bit surprised by the strong demand readers have for Christmas books. I hadn’t given much thought to stories with strong holiday themes. Sure, I’d read a few and enjoyed them, but hadn’t actively sought them. I’ve since had the pleasure of working on a number of Christmas titles and even gotten the good, choked-up, warm feelings from really great stories that showcase love and family.
But do I make a point of buying holiday-themed books for my own reading list? Not really. (See my worry above about my Scrooge factor!)
Where do you fall? Do you love the holiday books and eagerly start combing the shelves in October to grab every one you find? Or do you have Christmas tree blindness and overlook those sparkly holiday covers? And an even more interesting question, are you up for reading about Christmas any time of the year? Or does the mere mention of the holidays before November and after December send you running for the hills?
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