Debbie Johnson, author of Cold Feet at Christmas chats with us about weddings, Christmas and her first HarperImpulse book!
Christmas weddings…aaah! Mistletoe and wine; country manor houses; crackling log fires, photos by the tree…sounds perfect, doesn’t it?
In reality, my wedding was a little different. It was done as cheaply as possible in a registry office; it was in August, and I was a teeny tiny bit pregnant at the time! Not that any of that matters – the trappings might not have been there, but the love was!
Christmas, in my opinion, is the same way – the trappings play a huge part in our image of it all, but at the end of the day, it’s all about The Love!
In my first HarperImpulse title, Cold Feet At Christmas, our heroine Leah has a fantastic wedding planned – Christmas Eve, a Scottish castle. All the trappings a girl could wish for. Except for the whole love thing, it would have been perfect.
Leah discovers her fiance in a very festive position with one of the bridesmaids, and flees the scene – landing herself stranded in the middle of a snowstorm, with nowhere to go but up.
In many ways, it should have been the worst of Christmasses for her. No presents. No turkey. And certainly no wedding. And yet it turns out to be one of the very best – because ultimately (after a few twists and turns, of course!) – she finds love.
You can have the most beautiful tree in the known universe; the most gorgeously decorated table, and oodles of scrumptious-looking gifts waiting to be unwrapped. But ultimately, the magic of Christmas is all about who you spend it with. That might be your children. It might be your partner. It might be your parents, or friends. It might even be yourself – which can be just as good when you’re in the right state of mind!
It might even be with a bunch of complete strangers – like a wonderful community Christmas party that’s being planned for people who are alone here in Liverpool, where I live.
So while I’m getting excited about finding the perfect tree; and dusting down the baubles, I hold on to that thought. For me, like Leah, ultimately Christmas is all about The Love. Just ask Monty the Penguin!