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Holiday Hassles and a Christmas Flower

poinsettia-1461262_1280Information: Holiday Hassles Generate Writing Ideas

Are you writing while also preparing for Christmas? I have to confess, my writing is taking a back seat this week. We have to make time for writing amid the holiday confusion. Sometimes, all we can do is collect writing ideas for the future. Here are some tips to help you come through Christmas and into the new year with a backlog of writing ideas.

  • Write a journal entry every day listing what you’ve done that day. If you think you’re too busy to journal, don’t dismay. A list of daily to-do list items accomplished will help you budget your time better in the future. Or you might pat yourself on the back for getting so much done. Perhaps you could write an article about organizing for the holidays to submit next fall.
  • Carry a notepad or digital recorder with you when you travel. I find that ideas come to me while I’m driving. Write down or record those ideas while they’re fresh. Sometimes, I don’t even need my notes to get started on the article or devotion, but the fact that I wrote it down helps it stick in my mind.
  • Don’t let any networking opportunity go to waste. Parties with friends and family provide ways for you to listen and discover subject matter that’s of interest to others. Don’t just network with other writers. Network with your potential readers.

Go head and make your holiday preparations. Celebrate to your heart’s content. But, while you’re doing all that, keep an eye out for subjects and situations that you can write about.

Inspiration: The Poinsettia Story

My church had a Hanging of the Greens service last Sunday. After each decoration was placed, church members read the script describing the symbolism each decoration. My favorite is the poinsettia. This is an excerpt from the script:

The poinsettia speaks to us symbolically in several ways. First of all, the star-shaped formation of red leaves calls to mind the star which shone at that first Christmas. The color of the flower is blood red. The color also symbolizes the fact that the Babe of Bethlehem became the Savior of the world, as he shed his blood upon the cross of Calvary. Today, as we place poinsettias in our sanctuary, we continue our mood of waiting for the day when Christ will be born.

There’s a great story behind how the poinsettia, which originated in Mexico, became associated with Christmas. A poor child in Mexico had no gift to bring for Jesus’ birthday celebration. Inspired by an angel, she pulled “weeds” to make a flower arrangement and the red blossoms turned into what we call poinsettias. Some call them Flowers of the Holy Night.

I am inspired to know more about the various symbols of Christmas. Holidays are great subject matter for articles and devotionals. Be inspired by every experience this holiday season.

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5 Responses to Holiday Hassles and a Christmas Flower

  1. Sue Tornai December 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm #

    Thank you for the great tip about journaling. Not only will it help prioritize for now; it will record ideas for Christmas articles and stories.

  2. Terry Whalin December 3, 2016 at 9:29 am #


    Great tips in this post. It is hard to continue to work on your writing during the holidays. Our focus is often elsewhere on family and events related to the holidays. Yet there are many things every writer can do during this quiet period.

    Recently I posted an article, Five Ways to Increase Your Holiday Writing. I encourage your readers to follow the different links in the article and take action since it will pay off in the days ahead.


  3. Emily Akin December 3, 2016 at 10:02 am #

    Thanks, Terry. I had your post on my list to put on Facebook, so I went ahead and posted it today. Merry Christmas.

  4. Cecelia L. Lester December 3, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

    I enjoy the Poinsettia. Some years we have one in our living room as a part of our Christmas decorations. Last year we gave one to one of my best friends for Christmas. She had been extra helpful to my husband and to me when I was in the nursing home. She rarely receives flowers as gifts.

  5. Emily Akin December 3, 2016 at 5:53 pm #

    Thanks for the comment, Cecelia. I have fake poinsettias that I wrap and store in clear plastic. I just whip them out every year and dust them off. Maybe it’s time to get a real one!

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