Stripped-down Christmas.

In a confluence of my more austere tendencies and financial necessity, we are celebrating a present-free Christmas this year.  You heard me: present-free.

Fortunately the boys are both young enough that we can do this without their feeling deprived — they don’t yet associate Christmas with loot. Par example:  It snowed this past weekend, and on Sunday, Vincent and I went for a walk into town. Passing by a group of people on the far side of a parking lot, Vincent spontaneously called out to them, “Happy Christmas!”

Christmas to him means snow, lights, songs. Last year, Aidan’s birth and the bookstore’s closing completely eclipsed the holidays. Works for me.  I’m thrilled to extend this utopia another year.

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Keep your favorite small presses and literary journals in mind during the holiday season this year — they need your support now more than ever.

I am well aware that a new Draft of the Week is overdue. Our household is under seige from the common cold — whose symptoms are not any less grievous, especially for the boys, however common they may be — but I’ve got something brewing, and hope to post it later on this week.  Hope being rather key.