It’s official, Figs: the weather is getting frightful, the mistletoe has been hung, the lights are twinkling–the holidays are upon us! To celebrate, we’ve asked some of our favorite authors to share holiday memories with us. Tune in all through December to get in the holiday spirit!
First up is Courtney Summers, the author of Cracked Up To Be, Some Girls Are, and Fall For Anything. And hitting shelves this June is Courtney’s newest, This is Not a Test, a zombie novel starring a different kind of protagonist–one who’s not really sure she wants to stay human; one who welcomes the apocalypse with open arms. But to tide you over until June, you can read about Courtney’s (thankfully undead-free) holiday below.
Sometimes I get really caught up in the IDEA of the holidays. For example, Halloween must be all about the spooky atmosphere and horror movie marathons, and I like Thanksgiving best when the whole affair captures the essence of autumn. Around Christmas, I watch all those feel good movies and shows like It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol (the George C. Scott version, of course!), The Nutcracker, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, etc. and I love the way the visuals drive home the sense of coziness and tradition.
My family celebrates Christmas, so for me it’s all about a perfectly decorated Christmas tree, stockings, Christmas dinner, stringing up lights, and snow! Being in Canada, I’m always so disappointed if it doesn’t snow and, being in Canada, I am even more disappointed if it snows for Christmas but doesn’t melt immediately after—because, yuck.
Anyway, the problem with getting so swept up in the surface feel of Christmas is—as cheesy as this sounds—forgetting what it’s really about. Sometimes nothing makes me more Scrooge-tastic than when a holiday fails to meet all those fun commercial standards. I know, I know. Shame on me! And, unfortunately, I can drive a lot of good people crazy with this approach and can never understand why they run madly in the opposite direction whenever I’m near. Sorry, family!
But luckily, and usually just in time, I remember Christmas is not so much about the superficial and enjoy the holidays for what they really are. And for our household, the holidays are a moment in time to pause and reflect and be grateful. Which is good, because I’m 99% sure that’s what all those TV holiday specials I watch are about ANYWAY . . . even though I always start out forgetting.
(I should probably stop watching so many Christmas specials.)