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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

How to Create Holiday Suspense

For suspense-lovers, the holidays are a perfect time to generate a feeling of anticipation. There are many ways you can do this…

  • Order so much online merchandise that you don’t remember what’s in the boxes that arrive days or weeks later.

  • Wrap all of your gifts in September, so you’ve forgotten what they are by the time you put them under the tree.

  • Start your day (every day) with a hunt for a creepy elf. (See Julie Lindsey's post from earlier this month!)

  • Watch Christmas movies. Our favorite suspenseful "holiday" movies are: The Ref, Trading Places, Die Hard (yeah, it’s a Christmas movie AND a romantic suspense!), A Christmas Story (will he get that BB gun??), and Home Alone.

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  • Take a walk through the woods. In the dark. When it's cold and snowy. (There'll be a full moon this Christmas!)

  • Read holiday-themed books (preferably with murder and mayhem)!

How do you create holiday suspense in your household?


Rita said...

Snort! Love this. Sadly, as per a plea agreement, I am not permitted to create holiday suspense.
Merry Christmas.

Anne Marie Becker said...

Oh, man, Rita. Sorry your holiday will lack suspense. ;P

Maureen A. Miller said...

I loved The Ref!

Merry Christmas everyone. Big hugs to you!


jean harrington said...

Anne Marie, How about the Chevy Chase Christmas movie? My favorite. It holds up, it holds up!

Lisa Q. Mathews said...

Christmas Vacation is my fave also. I quote it year-round--oddly, always appropriate. I'm a little late for Christmas, I'm afraid (sorry!) but a very Happy New Year to all.

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