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November 19, 2015

Why write about Christmas? Five reasons I do!! #holidaystories #anthology #MFRWorg #RssosSisters

'tis the season...

Thanksgiving is almost under wraps and Christmas is fast approaching. I love to write holiday stories and so far, I've had six published. 

Why write holiday stories? 

1. The time of year is filled with excitement. We're rushing around to find the perfect gift. There are so many fun events to attend. How will we get everything done?

2. Bringing two people together romantically at Christmas is magical. What could be more romantic than bringing people into a relationship during the holidays? Don't we want all the best for everyone? I do!

3. The decorations are gorgeous!! I love setting out my vintage treasures, the smell of a Fraser Fir, the colorfully wrapped gifts. All add an ambiance that is unmatched and adds to the setting in the stories. 

4. The food (see fruitcake. LOL) is awesome. Some of us double dip with a second turkey. Some of us bake goodies galore. And some of us love fruitcake. We eat, we cook, we give and so do our characters. 

5. The F's: Family and friends. Nothing is more special than being with the ones we love. We laugh and share, hug and care. And each time we do, a glorious memory is created which sustains our soul. Our stories want this too.

Here's a sampling from four special stories:

“Holiday Handbag Extravaganza” - Christmas Countdown is on! Hunk-a-licious customer, Jack Treadaway, pesters boutique owner, Callie Woods, to locate a vintage handbag for his mother. Too bad the wedge between them is his sister, the meanest girl in town.

Available: Amazon and others

“Holiday Disaster” - The week before Christmas and all is in disarray when a librarian experiences horrible plumbing issues and a Mr. Maintenance Man who isn’t nearly as jolly as Santa Claus. This Christmas is a disaster.

Available: Amazon  and others

"The Great Fruitcake Bake-off"When a five-time champ teams up with her new neighbor for The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, they discover baking a prize-winning entry is complicated, bad guys are plotting to take the crown, and first prize isn't just about a ribbon.

Available: Amazon  and others

"Twinkle Lights" - A do-gooder and a reformed high school delinquent-turned-lawyer embrace the holiday spirit by running a Christmas tree stand; however, when the revenue goes missing, fingers are pointed.

Available: Amazon and others

Do you have a particular holiday story or show you adore? My movie list is enormous! 


D'Ann said...

I LOVE the holly days! I always wanted to invited to be in a holiday antho, but no one ever asked, so I wrote my own story, coming out soon. :)

Kathy Ivan said...

I'm a sucker for holiday stories and will read them all year long. I've written a couple of them and they hold a special spot in my heart. Congratulations on the new holiday antho, Vicki.

Melissa Keir said...

What a wonderful time of year... but you forgot the best part... children have time off and they can be such amazing little helpers! (or not!) but I love your stories and the perfect holiday. Yet, you can keep the snow!

Marsha said...

Love stories set at Christmas and you hit the reasons why, Vicki. :) I shared.

Judy Baker said...

I love this time of year. Writing Christmas stories and reading them made it even more special.

Michelle Miles said...

I love your holiday stories, Vicki. They're magical! Congrats on your latest!

Marian Lanouette said...

I love the holidays, especially Christmas. I love the excitement in the children the secrecy of the adults, and the food. The courtesies people extend to each other. It really is a magical time of year.

Kathleen Baldwin said...

I love your heartwarming fun Holiday Stories! The help me get through the holidays which can sometimes be overwhelming for me. :-)

Hebby Roman said...

I think your reasons are awesome, and I wrote my very first Christmas book this year and really enjoyed doing it. It was a western historical, so I had to reach back in the past for fun things they did then, but that was interesting, too. And you're right, holiday stories are definitely magical!

Cathy McElhaney said...

Love your holiday stories! I have never written one, but I might try it next year!

Angela Adams said...

I love reading Christmas stories. I actually read them all year!

Gerri Brousseau said...

Hi Vicki,
I agree with you, I love Christmas. I have a 3 year old granddaughter and this year it's all about Santa. She's already so excited it's going to be fun to see what she does as the day approaches. We are all whispering secrets, who is getting what gift, what Santa might bring, and special surprises just might be hidden under the tree. When you walk along the streets it seems as if everyone is smiling. It is truly a magical time of year.

Phyllis said...

I love Christmas. The air is just filled with specialness. Favorite movies? My all time favorite with White Christmas. A small child just tickled me the other day. I was in a pharmacy and while leaving, I ended up in the toy section. I saw two little girls and the older one, who was MAYBE 5 years old, just bounce with excitement and she started to run around. Seeing the expectation growing in her was priceless.

Unknown said...


What a fun post! And I had no idea now you'd written five stories! I feel a bundle or box set coming on!!! :)
And your enthusiasm for the holidays has started to rub off on me. :)
Maybe I won't be such a grouch this Christmas. Maybe I'll get that story finished.... :)

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sydell Voeller said...

My first published book many moons ago was a Christmas story with a Christmas title. I, too, love the warmth of the season.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hey, everyone! I was traveling yesterday and am now able to hang with you. For some silly reason, my phone won't post comments. Yikes.

Hi, D'Ann! I can't wait to read your story. They are always so good. Hugs.

Hi, Kathy! I guess I'm not the only one who reads Christmas stories all year long, er, Valentines, Thanksgiving, New Year's. Heck. Congratulations on your anthology too.

Hi, Melissa! Maybe children wrap into family??? I loved when my kids had holidays. One year we had an ice story and the boys took what we called speed racer into the alley and got it going fast, did a huge turn and skidded. They laughed and laughed. Fortunately, we get little snow, but it is fun to have every now and then. Hugs.

Hi, Marsha! Thank you so much for sharing. And being my friend.

Hi, Judy! I'm so glad you got to visit with me today and share. Hugs.

Hi, Michelle! And thank you so much for reading and saying mine are magical.

Hi, Marian! You bring up a good point. Courtesy should be all year round. For an interview, I was asked what superpower I would have. Easy peasy. Peace.

Hi, Ms. Essex! Yes, some I sold to the Trues. I'd love to have them back because they are near and dear. Maybe one day....

And Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Hi, Sydell! I've been thinking--not dangerous thoughts!!! lol A lot of the holiday stories I've written have been because of a Christmas item--candy cane, angel, Christmas handbag, fruitcake, tree lights. One little thing, and off I went. Maybe I should pay more attention to other holiday elements. Thanks for stopping.

Joanne Guidoccio said...

Hi Vicki, I love reading holiday stories. So much sentiment and love...great to get into the season. I'm looking up your stories. Thanks for sharing. :)