I am a kitchen table writer. There is an area in my home that I could make into an office—a nice quiet room, with a door I could shut and a desk I could write at—but I prefer to write at my kitchen table, thus my monthly PHS column, Confessions of a Kitchen Table Writer.
October Confession -- Christmas is coming and I will not be ready.
Halloween will soon be here and then Thanksgiving is the next day, right? And, if memory serves me, a week later it’s Christmas. At least that’s how it works for me.
Around Halloween I tell myself that this is the year that I will be prepared for the holidays. I will send out the Christmas cards the day after Thanksgiving. I will get the garland wound around the metal gates. There will be mistletoe and wassail and lots of Christmas paraphernalia scattered about. I will get the shopping done by December 1st so that I can get those packages to their proper destinations without paying overnight fees. I will have a successful holiday season!
I haven’t yet, but this is the year!
I love Christmas, by the way. I love traditions, even if I fail at some of them. There’s nothing wrong with St. Patrick’s Day cards instead of Christmas cards. I love being around family and choosing gifts and feeling the warmth of the season.
One of my best Christmases ever occurred the year I got married. My husband and I spent all of our extra money on two boxes of ornaments and an $8 Christmas tree that we stuck in a coffee can filled with gravel because we didn’t have a stand. Yes, the tree was that small and we were that broke. We had no money for presents or decorations, so, for the first time ever, I simply enjoyed the feeling of the season. It was very freeing.
Ironically, just before Christmas, I landed a job and my husband got a bonus and we did have money for presents, but I’ve never forgotten what a lovely time I had concentrating on something other than the perfect gift. It was a successful holiday season. Maybe my most successful ever.
And maybe I need to think about that.
Harlequin SuperRomance author Jeannie Watt lives in rural Nevada and writes past-paced, character-driven stories set in the western United States. To find out more about Jeannie and her books, visit her website.
Jeannie's next book comes out close to Christmas!