Christmas is in December. And you may have heard of “Christmas in July.” But in the publishing industry, Christmas is (mostly) in September, which is why Maddie/Edith and I had four Christmas books come out yesterday between us.
I assume this publication date is selected to give bookstores plenty of time to put the books out in holiday displays. (Though that doesn’t explain the date for the two digital-only offerings here.)
What do you think Wickeds? Christmas in September. Are you feeling it?
Sherry: Congratulations, on the new books! What a quadruple treat for all of your readers! I want to be ready for Christmas, but I’m just not yet! As much as I always want to get July over with, I love to linger in Fall for as long as possible. I want to scuff some leaves on walks before I leap into shopping and decorating.
Edith/Maddie: While I’m delighted to have new books out, I’m not even ready for Halloween! I’m still picking tomatoes and eggplant. I have gardens to put to bed and garlic to plant. Good heavens, Christmas can just wait – unless it’s in a good mystery.
Liz: Congrats on the books – how amazing! But I’m SO NOT READY for anything Christmas/winter related! I can barely accept that summer is over and we’re into fall, even though I love that season. I’m just not looking forward to being cold…
Julie: Congratulations to both of you! The Wicked book count keeps taking leaps, doesn’t it? I LOVE summer, and am living in denial about fall. So no, not thinking about Christmas yet. But I love that when I’m in the mood, I’ll have new books to read.
Barb: We have had some preliminary discussions about the holidays among the extended family, only because the pandemic disrupted all previous traditions and events and we need to figure how and if we’re going to get back to some kind of togetherness. That being said, I am in no way, shape, or form ready to skip fall and rush on toward the holidays. Much as I love them, I’m not a fan of the dark and the cold that comes with them.
Jessie: Super congratulations on your releases! One of the many things that I love about living in New England is the opportunity to experience all four seasons. So, for me, I delight in arriving at each season in its own time. I love winter when it arrives and all the holidays that accompany it, but I don’t feel any desire to rush ahead. I am still enjoying the flowers in the gardens and the evenings that are warm enough to use the grill!
Readers: What about you? Are you thinking/planning/talking about the winter holidays or are you not yet in a holiday mood?