PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME GO OUT THERE!
THOSE PEOPLE ARE OUT THERE!
For those of you who don't know, like Hell, retail has levels. Places like Target and Banana Republic are considered the first level of hell. Walmart, on the other hand, is the seventh level. Dante didn't know it, but his version of hell has nothing on screaming children, juke joint muzak, piped in Christmas carols and Grandmas fighting over the last Paula Dean Sour Creme Pound Cake.
Surviving without the help of Jim Beam and an Uzi is considered a major accomplishment. In ten years of Christmases at Walmart I have managed to make it from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day without killing anyone, saying Merry *&^% Christmas or beaning anyone with a fruitcake. And according to most sources I have even kept a hangnail caught on a Christmas elf's pointy-toed shoe grip on my sanity. How do I do this when many of my coworkers are cowering in a corner jibbering like cymbal playing monkeys?
Not just any books, Regency Christmas anthologies and novels! I have one with me at ALL times! A few minutes before I clock in, fifteen minutes at my break, an hour at lunch and another fifteen minutes at my afternoon break and I am good for the day. For those few minutes I am in Regency England playing snapdragon, frolicking in the snow, gathering greenery to decorate my stately home and all in the company of handsome lords, witty ladies and funny characters of every shape, size and demeanor.
I have a large collection of these Christmas set gems and I add to them every year. They keep me in the Christmas spirit when every Scrooge in the tri-county area is trying to bust my Jingle Bells and Deck My Halls.
Some of my favorites are :
I defy anyone to read the stories in this anthology and not shed a tear or two. Who wouldn't want to have an English lord fall through time to inhabit the body of a twentieth century rocker because he's too bad for heaven and not quite bad enough for hell?
If you can read Patricia Rice's Tin Angel and not laugh out loud and cry at the end, well the Scrooges have obviously done their worst on you!
When you check out Amazon's listing for Angel Christmas, scroll down to their suggestions for other books you might like. There is an entire series of Regency Christmas anthologies. I have them all and they never fail to cheer me up!
A more recent addition to my Christmas shelf is Mary Balogh's latest offering A Christmas Bride and Christmas Beau - two novels in one and both wonderful. Mary Balogh fans will be so happy to read more about Gerard and Priss from A Perfect Jewel as they appear in A Christmas Bride.
Another new one is Suzanne Enoch's Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke - a Christmas house party, a woman invited specifically to cause a scandal and all sorts of Christmas surprises nobody counted on make for one of the best romances I've read in a long time.
Ever wanted to give someone a perfect Christmas? Did you have to hire actors to play your family in order to do so? Imagine doing it in Regency England. Victoria Alexander's What Happens At Christmas is so funny people were looking at me in the lounge at work because I was laughing so loud. One of her early Christmas novels - A Visit from Sir Nicholas is another favorite of mine.
You can never go wrong with a Christmas novel that features a lady's chemise hanging on the mantel on the cover. (Well, maybe one with a man's breeches on the mantel, but I haven't found one of those yet!) This one by Sabrina Jeffries is sexy, sweet and it definitely made me smile my Christmas smile!
Or you can try this one - a guy, a girl, an orphaned infant and a crazy family. What more could you want for Christmas?
This is how I cope with the holiday crazies. How about you? Do you have any favorite Christmas reads to help us all make to New Year's Day without being fitted for the tuxedo that fastens in the back? Does reading Christmas romance put you in the Christmas spirit? Dish on your favorite holiday reads or any other coping mechanism you can recommend for Surviving Christmas!! I don't know about you, but most days I definitely
NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS !!