I will apologize beforehand for what I think I’m about to write, but I’m looking for some answers and think you’ll have them for me.
To start off with, I’m an old-fashioned-Christmas fanatic. (It’s always about me. Have you noticed? Okay, I apologize for that, too.) I start listening to Christmas music in October. I watch all the old Christmas movies, Hallmark Christmas movies, and TV Christmas episodes. I’m pretty sure I could recite the Andy Griffith Show one if I had to. I go back and read Christmas anthologies and Christmas romances I’ve collected for years. Mary Balogh is a favorite―I think I could recite the A Christmas Promise, too. Well, not really, but I’ve read it a ton, and recently bought it for my Kindle because the covers are wearing off my print copy.
I should add that one reason I love old-fashioned-Christmas everything is that I’m a Christian. The original “reason for the season” is still
Here’s where it gets sticky.
I recently bought a box set of “sweet Christmas Romances.” There are a bunch of stories included in it, and I admit I’ve only read about half of them so far. They’re well-written, mostly well-edited, and cheerful reading. They all take place at Christmastime. I have no quarrel with the stories or the people who wrote them! I am a true fan of some of the writers.
But so far—and let me repeat, I’ve only read half of them, but the blog was due this morning—most of them aren’t really about Christmas or its feelings and traditions. The only real reason they’re Christmas stories is that they take place in December.
Remember I said I was looking for some answers? I’m hoping you’ll give them to me, both as writers and as readers.
- Has traditional Christmas lost its spot in romantic fiction?
- Am I being unreasonable to expect “sweet” and “traditional” to be synonymous in this instance?
- Can you lead me to some new Christmas stories that are traditional?
- Am I just starting too early? Are the snow, trees, Santa, children, carols stories still on their way?
- Is there really a Santa Claus? And, yes, I’m being facetious with that question. I know there is.