Monday, 19 December 2016

Holiday preparations

It’s that time of the year again, with Winter Solstice only two days away, and preparations are under way... or should be; sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed (can you be “a little overwhelmed”?) by everything that needs to be done, but then I remind myself that we have our daughter’s gifts sorted out, we have bought lots of chocolate, and I know which books I’m going to read during the holidays. The rest is just... details. :)

I’ve mentioned before that I tend to be rather particular about my holiday reads, and this goes especially for Yule, because, well, spending lots of time reading books and eating chocolate is just what we do then (it may be the best part about the holidays, if you ask me or my DH).

This year, I chose “Children of Earth and Sky”, the latest by Guy Gavriel Kay, who, these days, is about the only fantasy author whose books I still read (and re-read). It is a nice, thick tome, but it will not be enough, of course, so I picked one of the Medieval adventures by Kaari Utrio as well – this one is set in the 14th century. Neither of these is a re-read, and I’m really looking forward to the day when I can start celebrating (= open the first book).


  1. Hi Ulla,

    wow, so you are all set for the holidays, at least reading-wise ;). I am not nearly as particular about my holiday reads, I just stick with whatever catches my fancy at any given moment. I have ended up reading Christmas-themed stories in spring and summer, Halloween stories in December and so on. This year I actually made an effort and I'm listening to Christmas-themed audiobooks at the moment, so there is that at least ;).
    I definitely agree that with good books and enough chocolate you are absolutely set for Christmas. And good on you for having all the gifts sorted. Also - from my experience, you can definitely be a "little overwhelmed", although I usually end up more in the area of "rather overwhelmed" ;). Christmas has this weird habit of sneaking up on me unawares... But I am mostly ready for the festivities, too.

    All the best,

    1. Hi Kathy,

      thanks for your comment! :)

      Well, I don't pick my holiday reads according to a theme, either, but reading is such a big part of our holiday festivities that I want to make sure I have something very good to read. :)

      Good to hear you're mostly ready for the holidays. It all did sneak up on us this year, I don't know where the time went!