Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Happy Christmas in July

Happy Christmas in July! And thanks to Happily Ever After for hosting this lovely event.

The Christmas season has a certain feel about it. It's a time of sharing and coming together with those who matter to you. I love that about the Christmas spirit. But I live in the Southern Hemisphere, and Christmastime happens to be in the middle of summer, so a lot of the imagery doesn't quite fit. We don't have any snow, it's not cold, and we aren't wishing for a fireplace to keep us warm.

Instead, we're wearing shorts and tees, flip-flops (which we call thongs) and are looking forward to a nice and sunny day with the family. Some even like to go to the beach. One of my favourite things about Christmas is waking up to a hot, summer day with plenty of sun. And I also love to spend it at home with my small family doing nothing.

Actually, our winter is now. So Christmas in July seems quite fitting at the moment. It's so cold outside.

I guess it's not surprise that a few years ago, around this time of the year, I wrote a Christmas novella set in Sydney, starring a lonely man and a ray of hope that enters his life. That's how Demon of Christmas Past took shape, and before I knew it, I was telling the dark--but hopeful--paranormal romance story between an imp and a human. I had so much fun writing it, that less than six months later, I decided to write the second part: Demon of Christmas Present. But this time, while I was enjoying a warm, summer Christmas season, I decided to set the story in the faraway land of the North Pole. Just to get a taste of the cold Christmas that everyone else is so familiar with. :)

So, how's Christmas where you live? Are you in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere? And which one do you think you'd enjoy best--a cold, wintry Christmas...or a hot, summer Christmas?

Thanks for reading!

Yolanda Sfetsos




Yolanda Sfetsos lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband, daughter, and cat. She loves to spend most of her days writing stories. Her muse doesn't like genre restrictions and is always happy to toe the dark edge of storytelling. When she’s not writing she spends as much time as possible with her small family. She also enjoys watching movies, TV shows, anime, going for walks, and reading.


Bekki Lynn said...

Yolanda, the stories sound fascinating.

In my part of the midwest, our Christmas' are cold and as much as I want a white Christmas, the snow doesn't cooperate as it used to when I was young.

We've experienced the holiday in the warmer climates of Arizona and Georgia. While it was fun to tease the family back here with pictures of us without all the heavy winter gear, it didn't feel like Christmas without the snow. We'd both grown up with it.

Now, I'm ready to leave the cold and head back to Arizona. lol

Lindsay Townsend said...

Hi Yolanda - I love the idea of your contrasting Christmas stories!

At the moment, in a wet July in the UK, your hot summer-time Christmas sounds delicious!

Savanna Kougar said...

Hi Yolanda, I've wondered what that would feel like, Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere.

Both a wintry Christmas and a sun-warmed Christmas sound wonderful for different reasons.

Right now, the most important thing for me is to be with those I love.

Your books look paranormal-good! Happy sales.

Yolanda Sfetsos said...

Hi Bekki, thank you! That's cool, sounds like you've experienced both types of Christmases. So you know exactly what I mean. :)

Lindsay, thanks so much! I know what you mean, it sounds good to me too. We've been having a very cold and rainy winter this year. :(

Thanks Savanna! That's very true. As long as you're with those you love, either season is great. ;)

And a huge THANK YOU to HEA for inviting me to celebrate Christmas in July!

Celia Yeary said...

Very interesting, Yolanda. I guess I never stopped to think about Christmas in the Southern hemisphere. I like colder weather for Christmas, but since I live in Texas, we may have very cool--rarely freezing in December--or it might possibly be 80 degrees. Your books sound fun, and I wish you all the best with them...Celia

Yolanda Sfetsos said...

Celia, thanks for stopping by! :)