Yesterday was Boxing Day, or the second day of Christmas as we call it in these parts*, so Christmas 2010 is officially over. Of course, inofficially the Christmas season lasts up to New Year and even to Epiphany Day, i.e. January 6th, i.e. the day the three wise men arrived in Bethlehem,** since many people don’t have to work “between the years”. Schools starts up again on January 5th (no idea why they didn’t extend the holidays to Epiphany, so the Catholics among us can celebrate), so I still have some free time.
On Boxing Day, my uncle visited us for lunch. He’s all alone this Christmas, since my aunt is in hospital and has been for a while, so we invited him for lunch to get his mind of his and my aunt’s troubles for a while.
In addition to what I mentioned before, I also got:
A very nice necklace of wooden beads. I presume my aunt bought it before she fell ill, because I somehow cannot see my uncle shopping for jewelery.
A package of cinnamon star cookies.
Finally, the mailman also deigned to deliver mail to us once more today (we didn’t get any mail on December 23rd and Christmas Eve, because of the heavy snow), so we got a few late Christmas cards. And my Mom had one of her Christmas cards come back, because the postage was supposedly too low. Sometimes I hate the post office.
And now for some housekeeping: I added some links to the “Inspiration and Fun” category on the sidebar, mainly to generators, idea prompts and the like. I like using those tools to jumpstart my creativity, when I’m feeling drained and blocked. I’m lucky, I even get a sellable piece of flash fiction or a short story out of it. And if not, if the resulting drabble stalls after a few paragraphs, I still get some writing practice out of it, not to mention flushing the creative pipes to make room for bigger and better stuff.
Finally, here are some writing links:
*In the US, December 26th is also Kwanzaa.
** Christmas Day to Epiphany is of course the 12 Days of Christmas from the song.