Hi, SEers! You’re with Mae today, as we enter the countdown for Christmas. Just under two weeks away—can you believe it?
I hope you’re enjoying the hustle-bustle leading up to the big day. I get swept up in the festive atmosphere every year. Even though I’ve gotten older, and some of my family traditions have changed, the same Spirit of Christmas that resided in me as a child, is still alive and thriving within me today.
From Christmas carols and decorations, to twinkling outside lights, sparkling trees, nativity scenes, and holiday movies, I’m a sap for the season! Every year my husband and I watch Elf with Will Farrell, but the one movie I never miss—even if I watch it alone—is A Christmas Carol. There have been countless film adaptions and I’ve seen most of them (my personal favorite is the one starring Patrick Stewart).
Did you know that Charles Dickens originally wrote the novel after visiting an establishment for London street children? The plight of the poor factors heavily into Dickens’s classic, along with the theme of redemption. I love watching Scrooge transform from a mean-spirited, miserly soul into a man bursting with joy, and a heart filled with goodwill for others.
From the time that it was first released on December 19, 1843, A Christmas Carol has never been out of print. By Christmas Eve of 1843, it had already sold out, and by the end of 1844, thirteen editions had been released. The story has been translated into several languages and has been adapted over and over again for film and stage. I can’t imagine anyone who hasn’t been touched in some way by this beautiful classic. This year, I treated myself to a print copy—I can’t believe it was never on my bookshelf! If you’re interested in grabbing your own copy, just follow this link for PRINT or KINDLE.
I love reading Christmas stories during the holiday season. Do you have your own favorite? In addition to classics, there are wonderful contemporary novels and novellas that feature this festive time of year. Many of our Story Empire authors have their own releases. Although we don’t do self-promotion on this blog, I didn’t think it would hurt to link these holiday reads for your enjoyment:
MOUNTAIN LAUREL CHRISTMAS
by Jan Sikes
Cole Knight should be on top of the world. He’s living his dream of being a country music superstar. Yet, he’s dying inside, filled with guilt, regret and grief. Desperation for peace drives him.
by Harmony Kent
One Christmas, a tragic accident leaves Charlene scarred and damaged with a long recovery ahead. Then John, a hot young physiotherapist, comes into her life with his ripped abs and good-god good-looks—can Charlene overcome all obstacles to gain back her life and find true love once more?
NO SUCH LUCK
by Staci Troilo
Piper Seidel’s string of misfortunes has followed her a thousand miles to her hometown, where—while looking her worst—she bumps into her unrequited high school crush. Her luck improves when he takes an interest in her, but she can’t help but notice Jack Rhodes, her best friend, is doing all he can to stand between them. Or maybe she should just say she can’t help but notice Jack Rhodes…
BRIGHT LIGHTS AND CANDLE GLOW
A collection of Christmas-themed or winter-themed stories from eight different authors, including Story Empire’s Joan Hall and Staci Troilo.
FOOD FOR POE
by Mae Clair
It’s a night for miracles when Quinn Easterly gets stranded by a snowstorm on Christmas Eve, with her newly adopted cat, Poe. Thankfully, a kind stranger, trying to make the best of the holiday for his sickly teen daughter, comes to her rescue—or is it the other way around?
I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy Reading! I’d love to hear about some of your own favorite Christmas novels in the comments.
Ready, set, go!