Sometimes having a lot of cable channels on my television sure comes in handy. Usually, TV can be a big distraction. But this time of the year, television becomes a blessed part of my life. That’s because the holiday season begins and several popular cable channels play Christmas movies 24/7. And I do mean all day and night long!
This is a special time of the year so it’s fun to celebrate with warm, uplifting stories that offer hope and peace in a world that is full of turmoil. Escaping with a sappy story can help when things begin to look so bleak. This doesn’t mean that we should bury our heads under a blanket and pretend the real world isn’t just outside our doors. But it does help us to realize our blessings are many and our troubles can be turned over to a higher source.
Some of these movies are way over the top and involve secret Santas who are gorgeous and good-looking and Mrs. Claus types who don’t really look like our image of motherly Mrs. Claus. But it’s all in good fun. I have to admit my favorites don’t involve gimmicks or fairy dust. I prefer a good, strong love story that brings two people together in a healing, loving fashion. Just in time for turkey on the table and presents beneath the tree.
I love writing Christmas stories, too. The above two-in-one with my friend Lauraine Snelling is still popular (mainly because of Lauraine’s amazing talent. I just enjoyed being a part of it with her.) Readers seem to love holiday stories, too. It’s nice to make a mug of hot cocoa, grab a sugar cookie and settle in on a snowy afternoon with a story of hope and redemption. It doesn’t matter if the story comes from a book or the television screen. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the birth of Christ and to get all warm and fuzzy about this time of the year. When things get hectic and the holiday stress level hits an all time high, we can take a couple of hours to be still and reflect on what this time of the year is really all about. Because the love of Christ is with us, no matter what color our coffee cups are! That is the message that can carry us through for the rest of the year 🙂
I’m excited that one of my reader favorites will be reissued this year. Christmas can carry through to the New Year. By that time, the Christmas movies will be gone until the next season of peace and joy. But I hope you’ll keep a little bit of Christmas with you and pull it out when things get tough. God’s love is the perfect gift. And we sure don’t have to wait 364 days to find that. Enjoy your Christmas season. I hope you watch lots of fun movies!