Posted by Gwynlyn MacKenzie Dec 21 2011, 12:01 am in Anthologies, Holiday Anthologies, Hope Ramsay, Jill Shalvis, Small Town Christmas
The Thanksgiving turkey’s gobbled, the stuffing’s packed away, and the mashed potatoes, gravy, and pumpkin pie have taken residence on our hips and thighs.
We all know what that means.
No, not cooking, baking, or cleaning like a demented castle drudge, watching your ice cream melt while the local Obsessive/Compulsive Coupon Clipper argues expiration dates with the cashier, or driving yourself mildly – or not so mildly – insane in the never-ending hunt for the perfect gift. Those things await either like the sword of Damocles or a long-anticipated visit from a friend (depending on your outlook) and are simply part of the holiday mayhem.
What it means is the Holiday Anthologies are available. They are the unofficial signal the holiday season with all its joys and demands is in full swing.
I have a shelf full of these miniature treasure chests—for that’s what they are, each containing a variety of romantic riches—and look forward to new ones. One or two (or five – depending on the day and the budget) will join those I’ve collected, read, and reread year after year for longer than I care to remember.
Anthologies are perfect for this frenetic season when time is at a premium. They are a bite-sized indulgence when reading is limited to a much-needed bubble bath, waiting for children to escape whatever rehearsal church and/or school functions require, or for those precious minutes between batches of cookies.
They can also distract you from the OCD Coupon Clipper—and others of her ilk—-thus giving you a reason to appreciate her fifteen minute argument over a quarter. So much better than slapping her silly, don’t you think? No handcuffs.
AND, on top of keeping you out of jail, they come with a dollop of Holiday Magic between the covers.
If the thought of all the seasonal brouhaha brings out your latent Ebenezer Scrooge, a good holiday romance can jump-start your holiday spirit. When you think you’re too tired to address another card, hang another light, or wrap another gift that touch of magic warms your heart, reminding you of all the possibilities the season engenders.
So, before you dot another “I” or cross another “T”, Bob Crachet, you should grab one or two of these lovely treasure chests and keep them close at hand. Anthologies allow you to read a story, enjoy a satisfying “aaahhhh” moment, and still have time for everything else the holidays demand of you.
As always, the Rubies are here to help, and our very own Hope Ramsay has contributed to a wonderful anthology that might be your ticket to a dose of holiday magic.
(Surprise, Hope!) No, she didn’t know I would include her latest release in this post. Truth is, when I originally wrote this (shortly after Halloween, actually), neither did I since I was unaware of its availability. Once I knew, however, being a devoted fan of her Last Chance stories and a avid collector of holiday anthologies, how could I not? Small town Christmases are right up my alley. Lots of homemade goodies, egg nog, spiced cider, hot cocoa, twinky lights, sparkling decorations, beautiful music, and a fire in the fireplace to add a little snap and crackle to a lovely cuddle.
Gives me anticipatory shivers just thinking about it.
No matter what holiday you celebrate, may it be filled with things that give you those giddy shivers, making memories to keep you smiling well into the New Year. Oh, and a hefty helping of holiday magic. While it seems harder to find these days, it exists and is just waiting for you to discover it anew.
A good holiday anthology might well be your catalyst to finding that special magic once again. It could also suggest a few ideas to fuel those wonderful memories. Mistletoe over the bed comes immediately to mind . . .
Well, um, anyway . . . where was I? Ah, yes. The value of holiday anthologies. Needless to say, I love them. How about you?