Literature / Christmas Spirit

Published in 2007, Christmas Spirit is a short story anthology put together by romance writers Leigh Greenwood, Elaine Fox, and Linda Winstead. The stories, while not making any sort of dent in the cultural mind, are sweet, uplifting, and romantic, if a bit sappy. The collection includes:

  • Bah, Humbug!, a story following Nate Jerome, an overworked commercial writer who has come to hate Christmas, and falls in love with his next-door neighbor, a Christmas fanatic.
  • Christmas Present, which follows Susannah Murphy as she returns home for Christmas and meets a late-night savior.
  • Blue Christmas, the final story in the collection, which is about Jess Lennox breaking her rule against dating musicians.

This stories contain examples of:

    All three stories 

    Bah, Humbug! 
  • Big Damn Kiss: A very detailed first kiss between Nate and Milly.
  • Christmas Creep: The bane of Nate's existence, and his main reason for hating Christmas.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Nate gets in some good zingers, especially when Mrs. Stout is around.
  • Cheerful Child: Clarissa, the little girl who invites herself to Nate's house and causes Nate and Milly to meet, plays this trope very straight.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Downplayed with Nate's mother calling him Natie, which makes him feel like a child.
  • Get a Room!: Subverted by Mrs. Stout, who says for Milly and Nate, who are kissing in the hallway, to get a room. Separate rooms.
  • The Grinch: Nate, with good reason.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Mrs. Stout is revealed to have died two years prior to the story taking place.
  • The '90s: Nate casually mentions to his father that it's the nineties.
  • Nosy Neighbor: Mrs. Stout plays with this trope; she's less nosy because she wants to know what's going on, and more because she wants to keep Nate and Milly for doing anything "uncouth".
    • Milly is another subversion, as she finds the need to buy Nate's family Christmas presents, even though it's really none of her business.
  • Shipper on Deck: Mrs. Stout tends toward this, even lightening up on her Victorian Era ideas of morality to push the two together.
  • Workaholic: Nate, in a nutshell.
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: Nate falls asleep at work and has a dream that mimics the plot of A Christmas Carol. It skips Christmas Present and Yet-To-Come, however, and has Mrs. Stout as the Ghost of Christmas Past.

    Christmas Present 

    Blue Christmas 
  • Bad Future: The first vision that Jess receives takes her to a future where Jimmy is married to a selfish actress named Erica, he has made only one album since the present day, which is regarded as a failure, and the publishing company is on its last legs. To top it off, although Jimmy is planning to divorce and almost manages to start a relationship with Jess, he gets shot and dies in her arms.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Jimmy Blue, in the Bad Future, dies in Jess's arms.
  • Elvis Impersonator: Dean, every Christmas, no matter how well the company is doing. In the good future, Jimmy Blue joins in with his own Elvis suit!
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: Jess is visited by a spirit who takes the form of her neighbor and shows her two alternate futures (leaving out past and present).