Hold on. I’m not talking about the real Christmas mysteries, like the Virgin Birth, Joseph’s dream, the Wise Men, The Star.
No, I’m talking about the genre of mystery writing that revolves around some aspect of Christmas. I don’t know about you, but I love a good mystery. I get this from my mom, who loves them more than I do. Over the years, I’ve found that they provide a great stress release for me, and I’m always looking around for a new one.
I was at the public library the other day, and I came across He Sees You When You’re Sleeping written by Mary and Carol Higgins Clark, and I checked it out. As I said, when things get stressful for me, a good mystery helps me escape and get my mind off things.
Although I’m not that deep into it yet, the story is a good one. I won’t spoil it for you by sharing any details.
By way of this book, I realized that there are countless writers who have crafted seasonal novels like the one I’m reading now. Did you know that Agatha Christie wrote one?
Are you asking why I’m writing about these books when there might be something more meaningful to discuss? Well, I guess what I’m hitting at is that for some people, the holidays aren’t easy, and reading a good book might help them get their minds off themselves and their problems.
Others might want to just get out, see some Christmas lights, visit someone in a nursing home, maybe see a Christmas play, or bake some cookies for a homeless shelter. You might also want to stop by a church and spend some quiet time with God.
So, if you find yourself caught up in the problems of life during the holidays, do something to take your mind off your situation. By doing that, you just might allow yourself to be led into the real mystery of the season, when God decided to become human, so that we might become divine.