by Mary Jo
"Revel" derives from a Middle English word that means "celebrate," and it always sounds happy to me. That's why I chose the name Christmas Revels years ago for a print collection of five of my holiday novellas. All of those stories have been released in different e-versions in recent years, but now, for the first time, I'm collecting those original five back into an e-book version of Christmas Revels.
The title had been in my mind for years, ever since we visited my sister and her husband in Boston one holiday season, and she took us to the Christmas Revels, a delightful sort of medieval variety show inspired by historic mummer plays. The performance was held in a theater on the Harvard campus, I think, and was loosely structured around the old tale of Gawain and the Green Knight. Lots of music, dancing, and hammy comic acting.