Chimneyside Chats with Holly P. Rice

by - December 15, 2021

Graphic created by Lucas Seidel Design

Gather 'round the open fire for Chimneyside Chats - a monthly feature with holiday stories from our favorite artists. See what's in their stockings this year as they reminisce on Christmas memories, share their favorite recipe and more! Here's what author Holly P. Rice had to say:

12 Days of Princess combines two of my favorite things: Christmas and Disney Princesses. As a kid, I loved getting in the holiday spirit by belting out “The Twelve Days of Christmas” in the back of the car as my parents drove us to see Christmas lights downtown. When thinking about how the Disney Princesses could help readers celebrate the holidays, I knew I wanted to use “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as inspiration to put a Disney twist on my favorite holiday memory.

I wrote the book in Summer 2020 and getting to spend my days listening to Christmas songs for inspiration and brainstorming how each of the princesses would celebrate the holiday season was a much-needed reprieve from everything happening in the world. The most fun part of the process was coming up with the days and objects that would represent each of the princesses. For some of the characters, it was easy, like Snow White who has the Seven Dwarfs in her film, or Cinderella who wears two glass slippers. Other characters required a bit more creativity. I had to go back and watch their films to come up with ideas (not the worst way to spend a workday!). After spending so many days singing the tune with various princess-fied lyrics in my head, I don’t think I will ever be able to listen to “The Twelve Days of Christmas” the same way again!

I am very thankful for this experience and the ability to spread a little Disney holiday magic through the pages of this book. John John Bajet, the incredibly talented artist of this book, captured all of the fun of Christmas in every piece of artwork. I’m looking forward to flipping through the pages and belting out the 12 Days of Princess for years to come.

Purchase 12 Days of Princess and listen to the song Holly chose for our Chimneyside Chats playlist!
"Twelve Days of Christmas" by Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters

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