Learn how I wove family traditions into a holiday-themed novel, entitled, The HOLLY AND THE IVY. It’s a lot of fun to write a holiday themed book. You close your eyes, imagine those sugar plums, listen for the jingle of bells… and start typing. But even in a Christmas book, there has to be conflict or there would be no story at all. Think about it – even Rudolph was being bullied by the other reindeer until he triumphed and became the most famous reindeer of all.