New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux tells us what makes her holidays special! Feeling festive? Pick up a copy of her newly reissued anthology HOLIDAY OF LOVE and get in the holiday spirit!

For many, many years I had a traditional Christmas. For weeks I baked, shopped, wrapped, decorated. I spent the day itself in the kitchen and I was always in charge of cleanup. A few years ago I decided that I’d earned a Christmas that I could truly enjoy! I turned down all invitations. Sometimes I lied and said I was going to be somewhere else.

My Christmases are now wonderful! For about 3 days I get to do what I — me — what I want to do. No emails, no telephone calls, no one asking me questions. Every year is different. I just ask myself what I want to do, then I do it. Quite often it is just staying home and being quiet. With my job, I need to have an open mind to let it wander and find book ideas. Christmas is the perfect time for that. A new book idea is my favorite gift from Santa.

The result of all this has been that I emerge from the holidays feeling great, not exhausted. I don’t mean to be a Grinch, but I can at last look forward to Christmas. For a few glorious days I get to experience the true meaning of Christmas: PEACE.

I hope everyone gets to experience the kind of Christmas that they truly want to have!!!!