I was asked to donate a book that had a Christmas scene in it to a group project. As I thought through my books, I realized that 8 of my 22 fiction books have very prevelent Christmas scenes or themes. Eight! What’s so odd about that is that I’ve only intentionally written 2 Christmas novellas — Christmas Diamond and Christmas Star Sapphire.
It makes wonder what it is that makes Christmas such an integral part of my mind that I would have it be a strong theme in more than one-third of my books.
It’s an opportunity to let your characters thoughtfully give a gift to the one whom their hearts desire. In several books, I’ve had that so very special Christmas gift be the tipping point in the revelation of an unspoken or unacknowledged love.
It’s a time of gathering together with family, which allows for dynamics in writing to come through that would almost feel forced if they were added a different way. You can give so many subtle clues to the upbringing of your main characters that can be displayed through relationships with siblings and parents in social situations — good and bad. It provides opportunities for the other main character to learn about her love interest in how he reacts to a crazy aunt or for him to observe how she loves on children.
It’s a time of giving and volunteering, of church services and choir rehearsals, which opens doors to allow your characters to show their love for their fellow man and to worship God and rejoice the coming of the Messiah. Christmas can provide testimony for the characters’ faith, opportunity for the faith to grow, reasons for the faith to be tested.
Through it all, it’s a time for romance to grow and bloom, to be discovered, to come to light. That special gift, that meaningful interaction, the beauty of that faith – all of it can tip a romantic scale and bring two people together in a way that adds to the beauty of the season. And, of course, there’s always room for a mistletoe moment!
I love Christmas stories that are also romantic stories. My go-to watching for the season are the sappy Christmas love stories that used to dominate just the Hallmark channel but now fill my Netflix queue.
Do you love Christmas love stories? I have one that’s free – Christmas Diamond, which is the first of my Jewel Series second generation books. It is a very short novella that I wrote as a Christmas gift to my readers about five years ago. And because I love Christmas, I’m running a 12-Days-of-Christmas Giveaway! You can enter to win many fabulous prizes every day — and even go back and enter all the days you want, but day 8 was my special book bonanza giveaway – 11 autographed contemporary Christian romance novels!. You can find all about it at this link.
Reply to this post and let me know what you like about love stories with Christmas themes. One commenter will receive both autographed copies of both Christmas Diamond and Christmas Star Sapphire. I pray you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.