Do you ever just want to escape? Whether from life’s daily grind or anxiety from the seemingly endless conflict and suffering in our world, I often need a break. While escapism isn’t always the answer—we need to sometimes take action and always remain prayerful—finding ways to unwind helps with my stamina and renewal of spirit.
What better way to escape than with books?
In September, my daughter had surgery to reconstruct a torn ACL following an injury while playing volleyball. The days following surgery brought some unexpected complications. Add that to the disruption to our routine—I am such a creature of habit! —and a book deadline in the midst of it, my anxiety was like riding a rollercoaster I couldn’t seem to get off.
What did I do to self-care during this challenging season? I picked up a Christmas book! (Yes, even though it was only inching into fall!) Specifically, Toni Shiloh’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas. [Insert a deep sigh…] It is such a perfect feel-good romance full of Christmas cheer. What a calming relief it brought me. I then spent October unashamedly escaping into Christmas books and movies. The themes of hope, cozy nostalgia, and new love reminded me of simpler times. Happy endings. God’s faithfulness.
It’s been wonderful and I look forward to keeping the experience going into the actual holiday season.
If you’re looking for a few Christmas books to escape into, might I make a few suggestions? These contemporary Christian romance Christmas books are perfect!
You Make It Feel Like Christmas by Toni Shiloh
Once Upon a Starry Night Collection by Valerie Comer and others
Marry Christmas, 2023 Christmas Lights Collection by me, Jaycee Weaver and others
A Louisiana Christmas Collection by Betsy St. Amant and others
All’s Fair in Love and Christmas by Sarah Monzon
How do you escape? Have you read any books lately that helped you take a break from the real world? I’d love to hear about them! Tell me in the comments and we can help each other build a great book list to escape into!