Writing Christmas

Someday I’m going to write a Christmas book.  But since I also plan to try my hand at a travel book, perhaps I’ll write a Christmas travel book.

I’ve been thinking about this over the past week as I get ready to head out on the annual Christmas pilgrimage to visit our peripatetic son who now dances with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo in Monaco.  Spending Christmas in a hotel might not be something that many of you would like to do, but I hardly know how to spend Christmas any other way at this point in my life!  So, I think I’ll write about Christmas in a hotel.  I’m going to think about that over the next couple of weeks, but before I leave, I thought I’d give my writing blog readers a bit of a Christmas gift — a book recommendation and a Christmas travel story.

Have you read Skipping Christmas?  At fewer than 200 pages in a small format, it’s one of John Grisham’s lesser known books.  However, if you’re a Christmas movie junkie, you sort of know the story.  Hollywood turned his gem of a book into Christmas with the Cranks.  I wish they had kept the title and a bit more of the soul of the book.  Grisham’s story-telling has a lot more depth than the scriptwriter’s has; you should order the book, pour yourself a drink of your choice, and curl up with it before the onslaught of the season begins in earnest.

We tried to skip Christmas one year… I now invite you to our travel blog to read about it.  Merry Christmas – or whatever other kind of holiday you might be celebrating.   Just click on the Christmas tree…

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