There's an old joke that frequently surfaces at the big national writers' conferences such as RWA (Romance Writers of America)--where the writer attendees are "several thousand introverts trying to be extroverts for the entire conference."
Not all writers are introverts, of course, but writing is still a solitary existence. Days, weeks, months at a keyboard. While some writers can be productive with the sounds of children, music, and a TV in the background, others (like me!) need absolute silence or we are completely distracted. I started writing when our children were thirteen, eleven and four, so you can well imagine that things weren't ever very quiet at our house. Eventually, after I was published, I would occasionally check into the Microtel hotel in town for a weekend of silence and concentration when a tight deadline was looming, and leave my husband to fend for himself with the kids. :)
There's been a wonderful surge in these e-book anthologies over the last four years or so--in all genres, with various holiday themes or even no seasonal connection at all. They are often very inexpensive--often just 99 cents--and can be a wonderful opportunity for a reader to discover authors who will become favorites. I have "discovered" some authors I enjoyed so much that I went on to purchase a lot of books in their backlist!
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Best wishes to you all, and good luck!