Oh, I'd like to give you a blog with all the metaphors tied up prettily, a big fat box that rattles when you shake it, makes you curious and your eyes light up as you rip into each simile. I'd like to dance with you under the lights, toast to the pleasure of having had you for company this year, and sit with you around the fire, listening to your stories. You have been a gift to us, all of you who visit here. You have sustained us and comforted us, commiserated and empathized. Cheered us on and felt our rage when we've slammed against the cage.
I had all these plans this week of putting on a big spread, something sprinkled with kindness and a big plate of happy over there in the middle of the table for everyone. Something that would take all our minds off this guttering economy and screeching wails of war that never seems to end, of terrorists and taxes and these-crimes-these-days-itis. Unfortunately, I've finished polishing a draft and my brain looks like an over-stuffed closet exploded all over the place and I have no clue where I'm going to shove all of this stuff, nor what I've done with the important bits and pieces that might have made up a coherent celebration of Good and Just and Overflowing Milk and Honey Buffet… hell, I can't even find the crackers right now, so I hope you'll forgive me. And if I could, I would send gifts to every single one of you, but I don't think the forty-two cents in the bottom of my purse is going to stretch far enough for that, and so, I give you a few things I've gathered. I nudge them out into the circle, hoping you'll enjoy. One is hand-made, and the others are things I think will give you a smile:
For a Christmas laugh, I give you When In Doubt, Throw Hard Candy (aka, The Santa From Hell)
For a writing-related post I know all you creative types will relate to, go read Libba Bray's Writing a Novel
And not for the bashful (probably not work safe), there's R-rated (raunchy) Amy G and her talent with the kazoo. [Now watch, there'll be a stampede over to YouTube just because I said 'raunchy'.]
Or, you may be like me and want one of the Despairware t-shirts
Meanwhile, are you reading Mir? You will love Mir at Woulda Coulda Shoulda, trust me on this. I'll tell you that you'd also enjoy reading Heather over at Dooce, but I don't even know where to tell you to start with Heather. Just plunge in, because there's always something funny over there. Same thing with Joshilyn at Faster than Kudzu.
So this is my wish for you, this holiday season–that something gives you a smile. That in spite of loss and unemployment, bitter winds and worse news, there's something that happens this week that warms you and gets you through. And while you're at it, if you have something funny you can share or a holiday wish, send 'em along.