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By Raina.James On Dec 11 2013, 7:57 am
Staring down the barrel of Christmas – and I use the term “barrel” deliberately, since, sadly, once again I’m under the gun to get my shopping done – I’m reminded of just how much I love the holiday season. That may sound odd, considering the aside I just made, but it’s true. I love the holidays.
It’s not because I’m a spiritual person, which I’m not. It’s not because I love winter and the chance to hit the ski hills, cross-country trails and skating rinks with the prospect of a steaming hot chocolate at the end of it. (So not me! I hate the cold, and am far more inclined to snuggle down in a warm blanket with a hot cup of tea and a great book.) It’s for the traditions: decorating the house, listening to Christmas carols and starting the holiday baking.
Yes, the holidays are a lot of work. A lot.
But the payoff is huge.
By Charlie Cochrane On Dec 10 2013, 4:24 pm
I love the way that our senses can affect our thinking. Who can see a candle shining next to some holly and not feel a warm glow of goodwill? Or look at the lights twinkling on the Christmas tree and not be transported back to childhood, feeling again that giddy sense of excitement at what the big day would bring? Funny how certain things re-awaken dormant memories. If I see shiny blue and gold paper next to each other, for some reason I’m back in primary school again, with nativity plays and homemade decorations… Read more…
By A. Catherine Noon On Dec 9 2013, 11:01 am
As the Midwest hunkers down for our first storm, I’m reminded of all the things I love about snow. I’m not a huge fan of the cold, but I love me the white stuff! I hope it’s a White Christmas, too. Here, then, in no particular order, are Noony’s Top Ten Reasons To Love Snow:
- If it’s snowing, it can’t be a gabillion degrees below zero. If it gets too cold, the air is too dry to hold the snow and it can’t snow. So snow means warmer. Woot!
- My dog loves to frolic in the snow. Frolicking is fun when you have four feet.
- Snow balls. ‘Nuff said.
- You come inside all out of breath and damp from sweating and it’s warm, even if it’s not the warmest house on the block.
- People like to make stuff like hot cocoa and mulled cider in this weather. Yum!
- I’m a knitter. Which would suck, if I lived in Bora Bora. But I don’t, so yay! Sweater weather! And hats! Scarves! Mittens! Purses! Afghans! Pillows! You get the idea. I’m in it to knit it.
- When it’s snowing outside, you don’t look like such an asocial freakazoid for wanting to stay in and write. ~grin~
- Snow is pretty. I especially love when it’s snowed more than a foot and nothing is moving, except the periodic plop from a tree branch of falling snow.
- At night, the snow sparkles in the streetlights like diamonds strewn on the sidewalk.
- Snow cushions your fall. Ask me how I know this.
What do you love about snow? Tell me in the comments, I’d love to know!
By Corrina Lawson On Dec 7 2013, 8:55 am
“My home is not a place, sir. It’s a person.” –Aral Vorkosigan in Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold.
I have a habit in my stories of taking loners and giving them families. So it’s fitting that the print version of Phoenix Legacy comes out at the holidays. It’s probably my darkest story but I also think it’s one of my most sentimental. As goes the saying on Tumblr, it gave me so many feels to write it. Read more…
By Phoebe.Conn On Dec 5 2013, 7:45 am
I absolutely love the holidays. My two sons and their families live close so we see each other often, but getting together during the holidays is doubly fun. There are some excellent cooks among us, so our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are superb. Some of us like to experiment with new dishes, while others want to make family recipes we’ve enjoyed for years.
This year, we wanted to include my mother’s scalloped oysters in the Thanksgiving menu. I have her recipe, and it was delicious as always, even if it did take several of us to put it together. Crowded kitchens are more fun anyway. So many of my friends mentioned making their mother’s recipes. Getting them to turn out just the way we remember them can be an entertaining challenge. Read more…
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