By Ethan Saks
It’s not a cliche to write about the holidays.
Sure, talking about mistletoe, hot chocolate, decorating a tree, and eating turkey have been done over and over again. But that doesn’t mean you should avoid writing about the holidays like a plague. Especially in our current climate, where COVID-19 threatens to impugn traditional holiday plans, authors have an incredible opportunity to take a different perspective on the holiday season.
Perhaps you will be alone on Christmas. Perhaps your regular Hanukkah plans will be different. The holidays mean something different to each person, and with their inevitable change comes more personal, unique takes on what it means to celebrate.
Don’t avoid writing about the holidays. Just avoid a Hallmark plot.