Sunday, December 15, 2013

Varying Christmas traditions - Juli D. Revezzo

Varying Christmas traditions.
Juli D. Revezzo

Christmas is coming again, gah! Are you ready? Me? Oh, heck no! What to do first? There is so much to do!

In my family, we always wait at least until after Thanksgiving to tackle chores like filling out cards, shopping, or setting up the tree. Most of the time we can’t even pull out our sweaters until the Winter Solstice—if that date.

That’s right. In Florida, we don’t have typical Hallmark card winters. Snow is a rare occurrence and that usually comes in February—if we get it at all.

To further complicate things like Christmas-set stories, my interest is Celtic mythology and druidic lore. But oddly, the Celtic wheel of the year may or may not involve a December date, depending on which area of the world you choose. So, the holidays? Um, don’t quite line up to our current calendar. This was my dilemma in writing my new paranormal romance novel, Passion’s Sacred Dance. When weather is a big hallmark of a story that’s set in Florida, how do you set a story back to a traditional wintry Christmas? I couldn’t. I had to jump forward to follow the weather of my setting—as close as possible. :twisted: And the weather is the hallmark that makes my heroine and hero sit up and go "wait a minute now, something isn't right." Will they have the courage to save the world from ultimate destruction at this dark end of the year?

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Karen Michelle Nutt said...

It's a comfortable 70 degrees here in So. California. No wintery blasts of snow where I live. Our snowman would have to be made of sand. lol

Juli D. Revezzo said...

Karen, I hear that. I once live in sub-zero winters and I remember fondly how my brother and I would make a small snowball and run inside to get warm, before trying again!

Debra St. John said...

I'm with you, Juli. We don't start anything Christmas until after Thanksgiving. This year, the time seems shorter, and I feel like there's still so much to do...and so little time!

Lilly Gayle said...

I live in NC, so our weather this time of year is crazy. Last Friday was 77 and I was wearing flip flops. My Saturday, it was 47and by last Sunday, it was a cold, wet 37. I've had white Christmases, icy Christmases, and Christmas weather in the 70's. So around here, we just never know what to expect from the weather. Hope your holiday is lovely no matter how warm it is!

Juli D. Revezzo said...
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Juli D. Revezzo said...

Hey, Lilly. I can imagine. I was up there in October and man, it was in the low 70s. I felt cold! I hope you have a lovely Christmas too!

Debra, come sit by me. :) It's been a tradition in my family for years. This year, though, I'm really late: I still haven't decorated my house (let along my blog!), so maybe between you and me, we can get it done. ;)