I just signed up for the Book Blogger Holiday Swap! I figure it’ll be a fun way to get more involved in the scene, as it were (see how I avoided saying “anything-osphere”? …Oh crap). And who doesn’t like getting a surprise package in the mail? If you also blog about books and like getting things in the mail, perhaps you want to sign up, too.
Annual “holiday season” apologia:
The picture over there has Santa-oid creatures. And Santa is about Christmas, sort of. And I’m Jewish, sort of. But really I’m some sort of secular humanist hippie atheist who had a bat mitzvah and goes to synagogue on Yom Kippur. And the “holiday season” excludes lots of people, because the phrase is a euphemism for “Christmas and maybe the western New Year and some other stuff that also happens in December, like Hanukkah, which isn’t actually important except that it happens to fall near Christmas.” And Christmas song audio pollution sometimes makes me want to gouge my ears out with a fork.
I know all this, and it makes me sad. But the truth is that the time from (USian) Thanksgiving through New Year’s does feel like a “holiday season” to me. I’m celebrating the turning of the seasons, the end of the harvest and the cracking open of the freezer and canning jars, the slide towards darkness and the beginning of the slow crawl out of it, and if I’m very lucky, the first snow. It’s one of my very favorite times of year, and I hate that high-pressure expensive-stuff-buying and fights about religion eclipse the things I love about it. So I try to ignore those things as much as I can, in favor of baking cookies and having gift swaps with nice people on the internet. La la la, I can’t hear you.
If those things bug you too much to ignore, I totally respect that and I’m sorry to make you think about them on my blog two weeks before Thanksgiving. I just felt I should explain that I don’t do things like the Holiday Swap, or use phrases like “holiday swap,” uncritically, but that I love them anyway. I now return you to your regularly scheduled book reviews and other silliness.