Raise your hand if you’ve already watched a Christmas movie this year?? Raise your hand if you’ve already watched five?
Aren’t Christmas movies the best? I’ll be honest, I don’t watch a lot of romance movies during the year. Mostly because if I’m watching something it’s either with my kids or my husband. My kids obviously aren’t begging for romance stories, and even though my husband will sit through them, we usually try to pick something we’ll both enjoy.
But come Christmas, it’s all about those Christmas romance movies! And yes, we laugh at how we know how they will end, and sometimes poke fun at the cheesiness, but we’re still going to watch them!
There are a few things that make those movies worth watching over and over, and they’re the same things we look for in Christmas books. When I starting writing Christmas stories, I knew that there were elements I had to include.
Here are just a few of the things I want in a Christmas story:
1 – Decorating the Christmas tree!
What would a Christmas story be without a tree? In “Billionaire Under The Mistletoe”, Abi finds out Stewart doesn’t even have a tree and demands they put one in his office. Of course, sparks fly under the twinkle lights!
2 – A “Scrooge” or “Grinch” character.
I love watching the grumpy character who’s not excited about the holiday change his tune when love changes his heart. In “Billionaire at the Christmas Inn,” Logan would rather skip right over Christmas, but fortunately, Eva convinces him to join in the celebration.
3 – Community event.
Whether it’s a festival, a Christmas dance, or a bake sale, the community plays an important part in a Christmas story. In the town of Freedom Ridge, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony is the town’s official start to the holiday season.
4 – A Christmas tradition.
Maybe the characters drive around and look at Christmas lights, or have a Christmas movie marathon. There are family traditions both serious and silly. But traditions – whether old or new – are a big part of the holiday season.
5 – A happily ever after at Christmas!
Of course, all romance stories need a happy ending, but for a Christmas story, that magical moment where the couple reunites just in time for Christmas is the whipped cream on top of the hot chocolate.
Those are just a few of my favorite things, I’m sure there are more!
What are your “must-haves” in a Christmas story??