I love a Christmas romance. I think that is probably clear from the six I have published. And I have no doubt there will be more to come. I can't wait when it becomes Christmas time and I can start watching all my fun cheesy Christmas romances (I'm looking at you hallmark). Though I love stories that turn a little naughty too.
I love Christmas romances for all kinds of reasons. I love the feeling of giving that arise during this time of year, and how that can open our hearts to new people and experiences. The love for everyone that we all feel this season. The coming together of friends and family. But one of the other parts I like about Christmas romances, that I think no one mentions enough, is that they show that Christmas doesn't have to perfect.
Sometimes during the holiday season we convince ourselves that we have to be perfect. We needed to have the perfect tree. We need to find the perfect presents. We need to have the perfect dinner, family, event, etc... But no one has the perfect family, holiday, or relationship. Perfection is impossible, especially during this busy holiday season. And Christmas romances embrace that, because if everything was perfect, there wouldn't a reason for the story to begin with.
And most of them don't show everything being perfect afterwards either. Or at least my stories don't. Their family doesn't become perfect overnight. Their Christmas tree is still lopsided and they haven't become billionaires. They still have many of the same problems they had before. But they have someone to wade through all that imperfection with.
And in the end, isn't that what we all want. Not someone who we have to be perfect for, but someone who will be there with you, though all the imperfection, all year long. No matter what time of year the story is set, isn't that what every romance is really about. Finding someone you can be perfectly imperfect with.
And I hope you all find the same, whether your lights only partially light up or you turkey is burnt. I hope you health, happiness, and love for all the imperfect times ahead. Happy Holidays to all!