By Dana Grimaldi, Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant
Last Saturday, I looked out the window to see snowflakes drifting by. Although I wasn’t particularly happy at the reminder that winter is coming, it seemed fitting that the season’s first snow waited until the start of November…the same day Heartwarming published four Christmas-themed romances.
We’re so proud of this month’s new releases! Holiday Homecoming by Pamela Tracy is the third book in the Scorpion Ridge, Arizona, miniseries and The Mistletoe Melody by Jennifer Snow is the fourth Brookhollow story. Christmas, Actually by Anna Adams, Anna J. Stewart and Melinda Curtis is an anthology that tells the stories of three siblings who live in Christmas Town, Maine. I’d also like to congratulate Kate James on the release of her first Heartwarming book, A Child's Christmas.
Thanks to this month’s holiday-themed reads—and despite the fact that I’m still eating Halloween candy!— I’ve started thinking about my favorite Christmas traditions. Here are my top three:
3. The Sound of Music
This has to be my favorite non-Christmas Christmas movie. I’m not sure why I started watching The Sound of Music during the holidays—it doesn’t actually take place during Christmas—but every year, I look forward to watching Maria and Captain von Trapp folk dancing in the garden.
2. The Nutcracker
Whether I’m watching the ballet, or just listening to the music, nothing brings the holidays to mind like The Nutcracker. A couple of years ago, the National Ballet of Canada put some of the costumes and props from the Nutcracker on display. One of the highlights was seeing the tutu worn by the Sugar Plum fairy.
Every year, on Christmas morning, I sit down for an intense game of Scrabble with my family. I love the game and playing with such smart, challenging opponents, but the best part about playing Scrabble on Christmas is the tradition. It doesn’t matter how hectic the holiday has been, I know that my mom will cheer up anyone who feels bad about having a low score. I know that someone will complain about my patented move of making a new word by adding the letter S to an existing one. And I know we’ll talk about the chewed-up letter A, a tile that was stolen by my childhood pet, a miniature poodle named Ginger.
I’m realizing now that all these traditions have one thing in common: they remind me of what it’s like to be a child at Christmas. And I think that’s what we’re all aiming for this time of year. We’re trying to relive the magic of Christmases past and we’re working to make Christmas a special time for everyone we care about—especially the young people in our lives.
I’d love to hear about your Christmas traditions and what they mean to you. And in the meantime, let’s all read this month’s new releases and look forward to a wonderful holiday season.