Christmas Stories

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.

On my neighbor's lawn

On my neighbor’s lawn

Love it!

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

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14 Responses to Christmas Stories

  1. Diane Burton says:

    You mentioned 2 of my favs. In 3rd grade (I think), I recited The Night Before Christmas in front of the entire school. O Henry’s The Gift of the Magi has always been a fav. Enjoy the nice FL weather. In Arizona, it’s been colder than Michigan. Go figure.

  2. Maris Soule says:

    The Night Before Christmas is, of course, a fav. I’m sure the grandbaby is keeping you warm and happy. Enjoy.

  3. I read a story – The Animal’s Christmas Eve to my grandchildren every year. And every year I tear up at the end.
    Merry Christmas, Maris. We will have a white Christmas this year. It doesn’t feel like the holiday without snow on the ground.

  4. ann bennett says:

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas. We will probably all run the AC in Georgia and Florida this Christmas. Cheers.

    • Maris Soule says:

      I know we’ll be running the AC for the next week or so, Ann, but I just came back from walking the dog and I was wearing a short sleeved top and shorts. Snow is pretty, warm is more convenient. Merry Christmas to you, too.

  5. Jacqueline Seewald says:

    I don’t miss snow and ice. So this warm weather in the East is fine with me. But too much rain! It’s depressing. Looking forward to being with family tomorrow. Happy holidays, Maris.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Jacqueline, the one thing I miss being down here is family. I do love my kids, their spouses, and my granddaughters. May you have a very enjoyable time with your family.

  6. Melissa Keir says:

    I don’t have a favorite Christmas story but I love that we are missing the snow. I don’t mind the snow but the over abundance of it and freezing temps…This beautiful spring weather is a nice change from last year!

    I wish you a wonderful Christmas and fabulous New Year!!

    • Maris Soule says:

      Wishing the same back to you, Melissa. I hope this false spring doesn’t turn around and bite everyone. I hear flowers are blooming that shouldn’t do so until April.

  7. I loved writing my Christmas stories as much as I do reading them, and I hope to do more. One favorite of mine was also Gift of the Magi. Right now I’m reading Miracle on I-40, a romance classic by Curtiss Ann Matlock. I’ll probably be reading Christmas stories into January!

    • Maris Soule says:

      Bill is watching a John Wayne movie, I think I’ll sneak into the bedroom and watch a Hallmark Christmas story. This the season.

    • Lucy, I’m reading your Christmas stories right now. I purchased all of them on Amazon just before Christmas. read one last night and loved it.

      As far as writing a Christmas story, I’ve only ever written two, bot on request for an anthology called Snowbird Christmas Vol 1 & 2. Both were romances.