A reader’s perspective on what more this holiday season can bring.
I’m not really big on birthdays. I’m not sure why but the birthday song makes me really uncomfortable. It could be that it is sung so incredibly out of tune or the fact that all the attention is turned on me. But then I’m not really crazy about singing it either. And then the other aspect of birthdays- the presents. I mean what do you do if you get something that you don’t necessarily dislike but aren’t super excited about? There’s that awkward trying to pull off the happy/ecstatic look when you are internally kind of puzzling over what exactly it is or what you are supposed to do with it.
For me Christmas is kind of the same way. But with the added awkwardness of giving gifts that might be triggering the same thing- what the heck was Erin thinking to give me this gift? Can I blame the fact that growing up my sister and I always got a package of underwear, a toothbrush, a tangerine and box of LifeSavers in our stockings? How does that lead to an adulthood of creative gift giving? It’s more along the lines of Christmas being an excellent time to give those practical gifts. Like underwear. Or socks. I mean how practical can a flat screen TV be?
I think books fulfill that practical aspect. I remember one year my wife found my Amazon wish list and gave me a stack of books (she knows me so well!). But as I started thinking about practical gifts, which of course included books, I started wondering about books that included a winter holiday. I mean I have my favorite movies that I watch every holiday season (and to show my immaturity I will say that elf and Christmas Vacation are must watches for the season!) what about a favorite book with a holiday theme or scene?
And after straining my brain for over two evenings in this quest I came up with the amazing story Under a Falling Star by Jae. What an awesome story that can definitely be a re-read and a must read holiday story. The whole thing starts with decorating a Christmas tree and how dangerous that task can be- especially if you have a perfectionist personality and everything must be just right. But the story between Austen and Dee is so incredibly sweet and has the perfect holiday warm fuzzy feel to it that it would top my list.
Another story that eventually came upon a holiday with a warm fuzzy was RJ Nolan’s L.A. Metro. Sharing a holiday, especially the first time, can be such a special experience and that is what Nolan is able to capture with Jess and Kim. So much so, that this gets to be a re-read warm holiday fuzzy book. I mean what can be better than buying a Christmas tree and then spending the time decorating it together? That is such the Christmas thing to do! The undressing of the tree is the yucky part but we don’t have to see Jess and Kim putting it all away.
I want more though. I love to ask other readers what types of characters they would like to see more of in LesFic and the answers are wonderful. They range from not wanting anything different because the characters offer an escape into that fairy tale setting of young, rich and single to wanting more characters with physical challenges, different body types, older ages, hobbies, and all things that make us unique. Religion doesn’t seem to be a big topic though. I’m not sure if it’s sort of overlooked but wouldn’t it be wonderful to be exposed to different holidays, different philosophies, and different cultures through a religious perspective? So what about stories that help us readers explore different holidays of different religions? Are there any LesFic books that do that and I’ve totally missed them? Over the years I’ve learned a lot through stories and different ideas have stimulated my curiosity to find out more but I can’t think of any LesFic stories that celebrate Hanukah or Kwanza. Wouldn’t that be cool though, to see our amazing community represented in this way as well? Maybe it already is and I just haven’t found the titles yet. So help me out, give me some titles of LesFic that have Hanukah or Kwanza or some other holiday that isn’t Christian oriented?
Oh, and have fun with the Hootenany and regardless of what you celebrate have a wonderful season!