I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people who likes to keep my holidays separate. What do I mean by this? Basically, I prefer to give Thanksgiving its own special place in the month of November and wait until December to break out all the red and green decor. So now that it’s December 1st, it feels like we can officially start celebrating the Christmas season. And what better way to do so than reading Christmas books? :)
I recently started wondering what makes Christmas stories so great? After doing a little research, I came up with 4 things to love about Christmas romances that I’d like to share with you today.
- Christmas romances are all about family. There’s something so special about gathering with loved ones from near and far and partaking in traditions together. Christmas romances often focus on bringing characters home and giving them a sense of belonging. They are great reminders that relationships are what matter the most in life.
- Christmas romances are all about the flavors (and smells). There are just so many good foods associated with the holidays and it’s fun reading about them in Christmas books. The flavors and scents of these foods help add to the nostalgia surrounding Christmastime. I personally love including peppermint candy canes and hot cocoa in my Christmas romances because they are familiar items that readers can relate to.
- Christmas romances are all about the feelings. If non-holiday romances are like a single helping of warm fuzzies, then Christmas romances are like a double or triple dose of them. These books are packed with scenes that make you feel happy. Reading about characters baking, decorating a tree together, or opening gifts reminds us of the joy and satisfaction we get from doing these activities ourselves.
- Christmas romances are all about faith. Christmas romances often have themes of reconciliation and new beginnings, two themes that point to Jesus. Having a faith element in these books adds a great deal of depth and meaning to the stories. I enjoy seeing how authors incorporate faith into their Christmas romances.
Well, would you look at that! The four things I wrote about are all words that start with the letter F. How fancy, right? ;)
If you’re looking for some Christmas romances, I highly recommend the multi-author Heroes of Freedom Ridge series! By the end of this year, we’ll have 18 books for you to read. You can check them out HERE.
Now I’d love to hear from you! What do you love about Christmas romances?
Giveaway: I’d like to give away a $5 Amazon gift card. One winner will be randomly chosen from the comments below. The giveaway will remain open until midnight on Sunday, December 4th.