Christmas Books

Patricia Davids here wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a wonderful new year.
Christmas Books is the topic for our blog this month. Who doesn't love a great Christmas story. I know I do. However, liking them and writing them are two different kettles of eggnog. 
I happen to have two Christmas stories out this year, but I'm not overly fond of writing Christmas stories. Don't get me wrong, I love the season and the reason for the season, but adding the true spirit of Christmas to a romance can be difficult.
My current Christmas stories involve Amish characters. The Amish do very little to mark the holiday other than gather with family for a hearty dinner. In Amish homes there are no trees, no garland, no lights to mark the occasion. There isn't a special church service. It's all about reflecting on the birth of our Savior, not about gifts or shopping. I have to admit, that has a strong appeal. No shopping. 
The big event for the community is the Christmas pageant put on by the schools each year. Amish children spend weeks getting ready, writing plays and poems that present the true meaning of Christmas, practicing hymns and songs. It is the only time Amish children are encouraged to perform.

Amish traditions aside, people seem to love books set at Christmastime. Are you the same? Do you look for Christmas books this time of year? Does a good book put you in the Christmas spirit? Let me hear your thoughts on the subject.
Oh, and Merry Christmas.


Anonymous said...

Hi Patrica. I'm new here. I just read your interview on Amish Wisdom today. As for Christmas books I love to read them . This year I started on my Christmas reading in October. During this time of year all I read are Christmas books. I can't read enough of them.
Thank you for writing a book you are not comfortable doing. Your fans appreciate it . The covers of your books are awesome and I read Love Inspired books often.
Merry Christmas

Pat Davids said...

I'm so glad you found me over at Amish Wisdom. It's a neat site. I have to say Love Inspired has given me some wonderful covers. They are a gem of a publisher.