I am one of THOSE people…

Halloween has just passed. I still have some Halloween decorations outside of my house. The temperatures are in the 60s…but I’m suddenly, almost desperately in the mood for Christmas.

I know–it’s early.  But I’ve been tricked by the malls. They have their decorations up, and holiday music plays softly while I shop.  I’ve given in now…I am totally in the holiday mood.

That means I want to buy presents, I want to bake, and, oh, yes, I want to read holiday books! I love reading holiday books (single titles, categories, or anthologies).  There’s nothing better to me than curling up on the couch with one of these books as Christmas lights twinkle near me (and don’t worry, I haven’t put up my tree yet–I always manage to hold off until after Thanksgiving, promise!).

This year, one of my holiday anthologies is on the shelves of bookstores.  THE NAUGHTY LIST is a fun, Christmas anthology (at least I hope folks think it’s fun!).  My contribution to the story is “All I Want for Christmas.”  It’s the tale of a sexy Santa/cop and the good-girl toy inventor who finally gets the courage to tell Santa just what she wants for Christmas. I had a blast writing the story, partly because I wrote the novella right before Christmas. Yes, I was definitely feeling the holiday spirit! And I would love to write a story like that again. It had me singing Christmas songs pretty much all day long.

But what about you?  Are you one of THOSE people, too? And if you’re not, do you still enjoy reading the holiday books at this time of the year? If you’ve got a favorite holiday book to share, please do! Thanks!

About Cynthia Eden

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty-five novels and novellas. More information about Cynthia can be found at www.cynthiaeden.com.
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24 Responses to I am one of THOSE people…

  1. Cynthia, I’m one of those people who grouse at the sight of candy canes and Santa hats in shops from October. Drives me NUTS! Commercialism at its worst. But I love Christmas, and around mid-November I started getting into the spirit of things.

    • Cynthia Eden says:

      My husband told me that when the Christmas goodies appear in October, it’s called the “Christmas Creep”–Christmas is creeping up on the other holidays. :-)

  2. Liz Kreger says:

    Nope, sorry, Cyn. I’m sooooo not one of those people. Sure, I get into the holiday spirit but generally not until well after Thanksgiving. I’m one of those who grumble when they hear Christmas songs before Halloween. I mean … really people?

    That’s not to say that I’m not thinking of what gifts I want to pick up. That’s pretty much year round. I make mental lists. This year, however, the little darlin’ very thoughtfully got out the Sunday Toys R Us flyer and circled everything (and I mean everything) she wants for Christmas. Whew! It’s quite a list. Hope she’s not too disappointed when everything doesn’t materialize under the Christmas tree. :lol: It does give me ideas of what to tell relatives.

  3. Edie Ramer says:

    We bought our gifts for our grandson last Friday! He’s the easy one. lol His mom told me what he wanted, and we went early before the store was sold out. And I ordered the last 2 Wimpy Kids books for him.

    I also ordered a great gift for a writer friend. (If you want to know what it is, email me.) We still have our Halloween decorations up! So Christmas decorations are not in my radar. Like the you and the others, we don’t put those up until after Thanksgiving.

    And, yes, I do read Christmas stories. I haven’t bought your anthology yet, mostly because I’m too busy. But I will get it the next time I’m shopping. I’m really looking forward to reading your story.

    • Cynthia Eden says:

      Aw, thanks, Edie! And I am so jealous that you are ahead of me in shopping! I always worry that I’ll miss out on the “big” items and there will be a mad rush at the toy store. Um, can you tell I worry a lot?!

      • Edie Ramer says:

        We’ve waited in the past, and the store was sold out when we finally got there. Picture me in a big panic mode! They’re already on sale (love that!), so why wait?

  4. LaDonna says:

    Cindy, yep I’m definitely one of those gals too! :smile: Like you, it’s taboo around here to put the tree up until the Falala season. Now, I have been known to surprise the grandkids with the Christmas tree up at Thanksgiving, but not often. But, I’m so in the spirit too. In fact, I’m sitting at the snackbar with my granddaughter planning her Christmas list as we speak. She’s taking a break!

    But my mind is swirling with visions of baking and sprinkling the holiday spirit around our little cabin. And can’t wait to snag a holiday book when I’m out too. Maybe tomorrow….

  5. Lee says:

    Okay, I’m not a big holiday book, although I love Christmas. Not sure why that is, weird I know…I just might have to try, like this one and see how it goes. :roll:

  6. Viki S. says:

    I love the holiday stories. I didn’t know I did until I found an anthology of paranormal Christmas stories last year and just LOVED it. Have The Naughty List at home but am going to wait until December to read it so that I get the full on Christmas feel :).

  7. Amy Atwell says:

    Oh, I love this time of year, too! I’m totally into Christmas now, but I know that on December 26th I’ll be over it and ready for summertime beach weather. Unfortunately, Mother Nature rarely responds to my wishes!

    Now, dare I confess that with my holiday decorations, I have an old copy of The Night Before Christmas and A Christmas Carol? I love to reread both just before Christmas.

  8. Valerie says:

    I’m thinking about Christmas very early.

    I’m planning…looking for presents…thinking about recipes…planning dinner.

    I find that when the time comes around everything goes really reasy and calmly.

    in Germany

  9. I love the holidays, but I really don’t want them to start before Dec. 1st… Christmas has a way of overshadowing Thanksgiving, and that’s actually my favorite holiday of the year. I did some book shopping for gifts already, though! I just got several copies of Lisa Plumley’s Holiday Affair to give as presents, plus a few novels by local RWA friends that I’m going to have autographed for family members. Will have to add The Naughty List to my ever-expanding shopping list :) .

  10. Diane Sadler says:

    I’ve already listened to some holiday music and talked to a lady asking me where she could find old Christmas movies, I love those old movies. Yes I read Christmas books but I don’t have a favorite, just read what I can find.

  11. sue brandes says:

    Hi Cynthia. It seems every year Christmas comes earlier in the stores. So far no music here but; we do have Christmas stuff. :roll: I did by my first present cause amazon had a sale I couldn’t pass. Buy 2 video games Get 1Free & Free shipping. And they are even having black Friday sales all month at a lot of stores so I will be shopping earlier than ever. LOL. That part is kind of nice so you don’t have to rush. My favorite movie is National Lampons Christmas Vacation. I love that movie especially when he can’t take it anymore. LOL. Adding The Naughty List to my Christmas list.

  12. Carrie Lofty says:

    We had rules growing up in my parents’ house that no Christmasy things could happen until Thanksgiving dinner was served. Then we’d play our first batch of Christmas music. That’s something we’ve inadvertently continued now that I have a family of my own, because our younger daughter was born in mid-December. We try to keep the holiday stuff somewhat distinct from her birthday celebrations, so it can get tricky! Best of luck with the new novella, Cynthia :)

  13. *peers side-to-side to make sure no one is watching*

    Yes… I confess. I am one of THOSE, too, Cindy. :) And I love holiday stories. I was so excited to see several new ones out yesterday. Haven’t had any luck finding yours in the stores, though, darnit. I was looking for it. :( Am going to have to order it, but then it will be fun getting the package – an early present to myself. :)

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