This time of year is no doubt the busiest time of year. There are Chanukah and Christmas gifts to buy and wrap. Though online shopping has become a favorite for me, it can still cause my eyes to glaze over—plus one needs to scoop up the packages before the porch pirates do! Then there are cards to sign and send. Many of us sum up the year in a family newsletter. Let’s not forget holiday parties. It just all takes time and energy.
For the writer, it’s easy to throw up your hands and say, “I’m too pooped to write.” I’ve done that before. But this year, I’m fitting some writing time around Christmas festivities. I find the Christmas carols calming and inspiring.
Most of all, this season is the time I spend with myself as a child. You read correctly, and I know that may sound a bit weird, but for me it isn’t. So many good and loving memories of family and warm laughter.
Childhood holiday memories fit in perfectly with writing for children. Children never take a break from being children, and I should never take a break from being a writer for children.
Don’t get me wrong, I have taken plenty of time to prepare for Christmas this year and I’m looking forward to spending time with family, friends, fun, and festivities!
Your input: Do you put a wrap on writing during the holidays? Or do you write around it? If you are not a writer, what usually gets put on hold during the Christmas or Chanukah season?