I saw a cartoon the other day that features a character who’s starting to sing, “It’s beginning to look a lot like…” A second character quickly and quietly puts the first character down, saying, “Shh. Sleep now.”

Dark stuff, right? But hey, these are dark times—in the eyes of some of us, anyway. What could be more appropriate than “inappropriate” humor? Especially if you truly loathe the holidays.

 

Putting the “Fun” in “Dysfunctional”

If you’ve read this blogor, in particular, my most recent novel—you may be aware that I grew up in a dysfunctional family.

How dysfunctional, you ask?

Well, let’s just say I hate the holidays. Both December 25th and 31st have been truly awful on multiple occasions in my life.

When I was a kid, there was a fair-to-good chance on any major holiday that Dad would stop off at the American Legion after work and come home with a good buzz on, leading to Mom getting angry, an argument ensuing….

Put it this way: I call holidays “horror-days.”

 

And This Has to Do With Books How?

With that background, you might wonder why I’d bring up the holidays at all. But hey, it’s a weekly blog, so why not? And the holidays are almost upon us again. Yay!

I’ve developed my own healthy non-traditional rituals for getting through the holidays, so don’t worry. I’ll be fine. And since I wanted to talk about books and holidays this week, I figured why not combine them?

If you’re an author, and you haven’t already mapped out a holiday marketing strategy, get busy! There’s still time left (a little) before Thanksgiving. And if you’re a reader, why not give a gift you can open again and again? I wish I could tell you how many times I’ve gotten a book as a gift, but the number isn’t as high as I’d have liked. I love books!

So there you have it: a Monday blog about both books and the upcoming holidays. And remember, a book may not be the greatest possible gift, but it’s still a pretty great gift.

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