Just say bah humbug, but I never got into the Christmas spirit last year.
I’m grateful for the powerful significance of Christmas, for the gesture of Christ’s birth and the hope it still means to the world. So know that I’m talking more about the general holly-jolly festivity of it all. The stuff of cinnamon and evergeen and red glitter and snowy frosting.
Now that I’m a wife and mom, my role in Christmas has changed significantly. But that’s just a really diplomatic way of saying there’s a long list of things to do spinning on a conveyor belt in my mind.
I’m determined that’s not how it’s going to go down this year!
To prepare, I’m busting out the Christmas tunes early and playing my movie favorites like Love Actually, The Family Stone, While You Were Sleeping, and The Family Man. I’m pretty sure this equates to blasphemy here on InspyRomance, but I’m usually much more of a Christmas movie kind of girl. Most books just don’t do it for me when it comes to Christmas.
But let me tell you about this novella I absolutely devoured. It was like a little gift for myself I got free just for signing up for my friend Jessica Patch’s newsletter! It has the charm of a snow-covered small town, a romance with the spice of a peppermint stick (if you read it, you’ll know exactly what I mean), and the warmth of a community rallying together. The premise drew me in immediately, and the writing kept me engaged. Plus, I loved loved loved Knox, Eden, and the personalities of their community. The girl has a gift for character development.
You can see what I mean below:
A rowdy bar owner. A widowed pastor’s wife. And Christmas Hope that brings them together.
After widower Eden Snow’s church almost burns to the ground, she’s compelled to find a temporary place to hold services and Christmas cantata practices.
Has-been hockey player, Knox Everhart, has a reputation for being fast on the ice and with women. Except Eden. She’s always been a fascinating mystery to him, which is why he agrees to let her use the back room of his bar—with one rule: No converting his customers.
But when Eden brings the church to the bar, it offers something the bottle can’t. Hope. And he finds himself falling in love with a woman and a Savior he feels unworthy to pursue.
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Also check out the Hope Under Mistletoe Pinterest board and meet the “cast” as well as stroll through the fictional town!
What are your go-to Christmas books and movies that get you in the festivity of the season?