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Does a Holiday Signify a Deep Emotion for Your Main Character?

“Does a Holiday Signify a Deep Emotion for Your Main Character?” by Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards

Many people have trouble revisiting a holiday that was tragic in their minds. It reminds them of the death of a person or relationship. It reminds them of a harrowing experience that they do not want to repeat. They might even fear doing something on a particular holiday. In your stories, does a holiday signify a deep emotion for your main character?

Could the holiday in the story parallel a significant change in the main character? Last year Christmas was devastating. At the end of your story, it could be joyous. You can fill in scenes to show the changes explaining how and why.

Here are a few holidays and conflicting emotions for each. It’s entirely possible that your main character feels conflicting emotions for a holiday.


Happy to be a year older
Dreading being a year older


Joy and surprise

Veterans Day

Death of someone in the military
Achievements in liberty and justice for those persecuted


Gratitude for food, family, and friends
Anger at not enough food, family, or friends.


Birth of Christ
Abundance of Gifts
Frustration and loss of gifts

Valentine’s Day

Love found
Love lost

New Year’s Day

A New Beginning
Last Chance
Too late

Fourth of July

Gratitude for sacrifice for justice and freedom and freedom fighters and their families
Hot dogs, baseball games, fireworks
America’s fireworks

I didn’t name all the holidays. There are many, many more. I hope this helps you add emotional depth to your characters. Adding emotional depth with holidays is a way your readers can relate to your main character. When readers relate to your main character, they read to the end and want more.

Thanks for reading my blog.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards


6 Responses

  1. This is a great post, Joan! Thanks for sharing! = )


    • Dear Becky,
      Thanks for reading my blog and leaving a comment. You’re welcome for the post. I’m glad you found it helpful. Thanks for posting about it on Facebook!

      Celebrate you and the joy you spread to others.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  2. Joan,
    Great idea to suggest connecting an emotion with a holiday. Today happens to be the 9th anniversary of my father’s death and also my deceased paternal grandmother’s birthday. Double whammy! Guaranteed to stir emotions and definitely add impact to a story.


    • Dear Linda,
      Thank you for reading my blog and leaving a comment. I’m sorry for the grief that lingers on the passing of your father and grandmother. You are right. Double Whammies are guaranteed to stir emotions and definitely add impact to a story.

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  3. Barb Lunow remarks: Thanks for the thought provoking blog. Many possibilities surface as I think about my characters.


    • Dear Barbara,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad this blog was thought provoking for you. It’s great that you’ve stirred up many possibilities for your characters.
      Celebrate and capture your great ideas.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


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