The fall and winter holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s are the most popular and nationally celebrated of the year. Internationally, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, St. Nicolas Day, Las Posadas, Eid-al-Adha, and various new years are observed. All of these holidays bring family and friends together in anticipation and joy, as well as stress and anxiety. These times give writers an abundance of observations and writing material, whether it be for a one day gathering or for several days of togetherness. Don’t let your brain veg-out with stimulus overload, absorb it willingly – maybe with a tape recorder.
Have you harvested the memories of your elders? Have you delved into any conflict(s) between your relatives? Will you be observing any holiday alone? Will you be enjoying the company of someone you haven’t seen for a long while? Are you hoping your plans will be disrupted so you don’t have to go home? Is something new or different going to be happening this year?
Be on the lookout for surprises. Every part of a big holiday – from travel to preparation to the door opening – can result in writing bliss. Let the fun, warmth, and angst begin! Let your mind eat it all up!
May your season be plentiful with memories and inspiration!