The solstice is behind us, and we're finally headed back toward the sun. Every year around this time, we all smile at adorably gullible children as they wait in anticipation of a magical omniscient bearded man who will reward them for being good and believing in him.
Being a hellbound unrepentant atheist, one might expect that I Grinchishly cringe at the thought of Christmas and all the merriment people experience during the season, because one watches too much Fox News.
Nothing could be further from the truth. I love Christmas. I love everything about it. I love the songs, and the movies, and the food, and glass after glass of Bailey's and eggnog.
Christmas is also a time for frantically running around and getting shit done at the very last minute, so I'm going to kind of half-ass the blog this week and share a few of my favorite Christmas-related things with you.
There are so many great holiday tunes out there, I can't narrow a list of favorites down to even a top 10. But here's one that never fails to make me happy.
To see Mr. Idol's quintessential snarl replaced with a hand wave of glittery snow is like seeing old Ebeneezer himself transformed. Also, it's a genuinely nice version of the song.
You don't need to be told this.
Perhaps no other tale captures the spirit of the season quite so brilliantly as Charles Dickens' immortal classic, A Christmas Carol. Has any book in the history of literature been retold on page, film, or stage quite so many times?
With all the retellings out there, one would be hard pressed to choose a favorite. But if there's one which, more than all the others, truly strives to keep the dick in Dickens, it must be this one...
As wonderful a tale as it is, I realize that $2.99 is a hefty price to pay for a short story. But fret not! 'Tis the season for miracles, after all. And Uncle Bob just happens to have something better for you in his magical sack.
2d6, which includes Cooper's Christmas Carol, as well as five other C&C tales, is currently on sale for only $0.99!
And that's not all! Stuff your friends' virtual stockings with these other ludicrously underpriced masterpieces of literature, also for only $0.99 each... but only for a limited time.
You may be wondering, in light of such generosity, what you might do for me in return. For that, I thank you. You're very thoughtful.
That you're enjoying my work is a gift I will treasure forever. But if you insist, I wouldn't say no to a nice review on Amazon.
To wish me a merry Christmas, I'd love it if you dropped by my Facebook page (and clicked the like button).
And remember, with only two shopping days left (and while I'm still running this sale), there has never been a better time to consider an ebook as a gift.
And why not grab an extra gift for yourself? A little something from me to you to help get you through church.