I thought it might be fun to share the best gifts my characters have received–whether within a story or off the page.
- Woody (Pure Dumb Luck) – a signed football from his favourite professional player.
- BC (The Wanderer) – the news that Graham was cancer free.
- Bishan (The Grasmere Trilogy) – a piano, Valor had to do something with his inheritance.
- Ridge (By The Fire) – a 1936 Ford Roadster that needed work.
- Kaito (By The Fire) – a photo album filled with family photos.
- Ivan (Forged in Flood) – his grandfather’s motorcycle.
- Fie (At War With A Broken Heart) – Haggard.
- Gray (The Lion Tamer) – His restaurant.
- Francis (After The Scrum) – a signed first edition of A Study in Scarlet.
- Valor (The Grasmere Trilogy) – a Bishan gnome.
(Image by Yvette Fang from Pixabay)
Well, it’s December. Officially. That means I can watch holiday movies and listen to holiday music without getting side eyes from people.
So, here are my top five holiday-themed movies, in no particular order:
– Love Actually (Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson kill me every time.)
– A Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart version)
– A Christmas Carol (Animated version with Jim Carrey
– Last Holiday
– The Holiday
Bonus: A White Christmas
And honestly, you can add A Christmas Carol with George C Scott as well lol. Oh, and I always watch at least one of the Harry Potter movies in December.
Do you have a favourite holiday movie?
Whatever you celebrate during December, I hope you have a happy, safe, and peaceful holidays. May you connect with people who love and cherish you.
I thought I’d share some of my personal holiday traditions with you, ones that I’ve developed over the years since I left home by myself and with my husband. I grew up in an abusive home, so Christmas for me, as an adult, is about finding joy and comfort with those who actually care about me–not those who should’ve but don’t.
- We always do appetizers and board games on Dec 24th.
- A new holiday movie every year–one we haven’t seen.
- I watch Little Women in December (at least once).
- We always have one carton of eggnog (the good kind, not the weird kind in the tin).
- Christmas dinner is one that I usually experiment with new recipes.
Do you have holiday traditions? Anything special you do?
…when you hate them.
Or, in other words, how Scottie celebrates Christmas.
Scottie Monk loathes the holidays. It’s the worst time of the year in his opinion. Here are a few suggestions he has for how to make it through December holiday parties and celebrations:
- Seriously. Just fucking don’t.
- Have a drink.
- Repeat Step 3.
- Start over at 1.
As to why, here’s a list of what he hates about them:
- See above.
Do you love celebrating the holidays? Or, like Scottie, do you prefer to hide until all the fun is over?
So we’re finally into December, and I thought I’d grill the pack on how they make it through the holidays with their sanity intact.
Not entirely certain they have their sanity, but let’s pretend they do.
What’s best way to survive Christmas with your family?
Darren: Getting completely sloshed.
Josh: Hard liquor.
Elaine: A sudden and fatal case of the plague.
Steve: Aside from Elaine, none of you really have family to deal with at the holidays.
Darren: We have the pack.
Steve: You need booze to deal with the pack at Christmas?
Darren: I need beer to deal with you at all times.
Lorcan: You’re all miserable sods.
Josh: Oh? Says the rabbit who hops off at Christmas whenever possible.
Maybe we should move on, what’s the worst way to survive the holidays?
Entire Pack: Sober.
Do you decorate?
Steve: Ivy decorated on our behalf.
Josh: Lazy bastards.
Steve: Do you decorate?
Josh: Me? Decorate? Have you lost your bloody mind?
Lorcan: Like I said, miserable sods.
Darren: Do you decorate then, hoppy bastard?
Gareth: He means no.
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