It’s December, official start of the season of cheer, and therefore that time of year where many of us are rushed off our feet between work, parties, present shopping, cooking, and planning for the family invasion or road trip to see them. It doesn’t matter whether we’ve been brought up with Christian traditions or not, whether we believe in the spirit of Christmas or not – we just seem to get caught up in the general mayhem and consumerist hullaballoo.
Maybe it’s one way to deal with the cold and the dark – in the Northern Hemisphere at least – by making as much noise and ruckus as possible. Maybe it’s the fear and uncertainty of another year looming large. Maybe it’s simply everyone deciding to let their hair down and see the old year out with a bang.
All I know is that I’m not fond of noise, crowds, or noisy crowds, and that I like this time of year for reasons that have nothing to do with religion, shopping, or parties. I love to spend time on an empty beach or in front of the fire. I like lights, music, good food, and a huge stack of books and stories.
And I’m not the only one. Which is why I’ve given myself a bit of a blogging challenge.
I’ve decided to do a stack of seasonal posts, one a day from now until the New Year, sharing snippets, teasers, old stories, new stories, recipes, and memories to get us through the coldest, darkest part of the year and the general mayhem that seems to come with the territory. There may be a new release in the mix – real life willing – and an exclusive giveaway for everyone subscribing to my newsletter, too. I’m also part of the Rainbow Advent Calendar this year, so I’ll be linking to the stories, teasers and giveaways posted by the group as well.
Plenty of good stuff and great reads all through the month, so why not make a date with me? Coffee break, tea break, after-dinner-put-your-feet-up break… just turn your head this way once a day, take a deep breath, and relax with a story, a memory, or a treat for a few moments of peace.
If you’ll love the party spirit, you’ll enjoy it even more once you’ve had a breather. And if it all feels a little bit too much to you, then maybe we can cheer you up and on by offering a few moments of quiet.
Let’s have a wonderful season!
Seasons of Cheer is my blogging challenge for this year. Every day during December I’m aiming to post a story, snippet or outtake. A moment to stop and draw breath during a month that’s usually crazy busy.
And here’s an extra treat for everyone who subscribes to my newsletter:
Midnight Tracks, a collection of shorts, snips, and outtakes from the first five Power of Zero books, including an exclusive Christmas short story you won’t find anywhere else – delivered to your inbox on Christmas Eve. 🙂