So … I write science fiction romance. And you might be expecting me to tell you my favorite Christmas story is set on a spaceship far away, where the crew celebrates their own version of Christmas while wistfully eyeing their tiny holo-vision tree, drinking some synthetic version of wassail and dreaming of the good old days on planet.
I have a set of paperbacks I drag out every December and leaf through to find my old favorites. These are some of the Regency Christmas anthologies that were so popular in the 1970s and 1980s, with authors such as Mary Balogh, Gail Buck, Jo Beverly, et al.
And isn’t that what Christmas is? Each winter, when the nights are at their longest and coldest (at least here in the Northwest US) we remember that we have new hope in a tiny baby, born in a manger. That’s what it’s all about, not the shopping, baking and round of parties, although those are a fine way to cheer ourselves in the depths of winter.
But for many of us women, this season is also a time of stress as we struggle to balance difficult in-laws, a tight budget and the wants and needs of our families. We look from those glossy, perfect commercials on TV and in the magazines to our own less-than-perfect homes and selves and feel we don’t measure up. Hey, imagine how Mary felt! That manger probably smelled like donkey manure, until the myrrh and frankincense showed up.
This year, join me in a little tradition that relaxes and refreshes. Create your own collection of stories, on your e-reader or even from your favorite used bookstore. Make yourself a hot drink (or a cool one, depending where you live) and settle down with a celebration of Christmas in a time long ago. Along with the characters, rediscover the simple joys of the season. Shed a tear with them, knowing you’ll be smiling at the end.
Happy Holidays to you!
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