I’m in Florida now. Today the temperature reached 83 degrees. Having grown up in California, it doesn’t seem strange not having snow on the ground at Christmas time, but I will admit, having lived in Michigan for a few decades, I’ve grown to enjoy that white stuff covering the ground and making tree branches glissen. Snow makes everything look like a Christmas card. (However, it doesn’t look as though there will be snow on the ground in Michigan this year.)
What I love most about this time of the year is how people act friendlier and everything looks so cheerful: the colorful lights and decorations. One house near me even has lights in the shape of an alligator on the front lawn.
I’ve never written a story set during the holidays. I usually watch a few on the Hallmark channel, but after a while they start to sound the same.
I remember, years ago, a writer asked an editor what she was looking for in a romance novel. The editor’s response was, “The same, but different.”
Not an easy task, in my opinion, and I admire the writers who can create stories that satisfy the reader’s or viewer’s desire for something familiar, but also different from all the other books and movies out there.
All genre writers face the same difficulty. Fans come with expectations. In a romance, the girl will get the guy; in a mystery or suspense, the villain will be discovered and stopped; and so on for westerns, scifi, horror, action adventure… How to meet these expectations and still create something new and different is the challenge.
Do you have a favorite Christmas story? One that stood out from all the others you’ve read or heard? Here’s a list of some well-known (or not so well-known) Christmas stories. Classic Christmas Stories
I think my favorite is O’Henry’s short story: Gift of the Magi