Christmas really is my favourite time of year. I'm lucky that my day job shuts up shop for the whole Christmas period, and combined with clever application of annual leave, tomorrow is my last working day of the year.
I've always felt Christmas, as well as being a time to spend with loved ones, should be a time to reflect on the year gone by, the things you've learned, lost, and gained. And a time to bring yourself back to a peaceful center. A time to do the things you love that help you relax, things you may have deprived yourself of during the rest of the year.
I like to get some video gaming in, as well as boardgaming if enough friends are free. Most ongoing rpg campaigns take a break over Christmas, so we've got to get our gaming fix somehow! I got myself "Fortune and Glory" for Christmas, a 1930s pulp adventure boardgame by Flying Frog. Can't wait to try it out.
This year I'm finally upgrading my pc, so any new video gaming will have to wait until that's all sorted out. Still, I got 6 years out of my current pc with only a minor RAM upgrade and new graphics card along the way, so it's served me well.
Aside from enjoying time with Jen and the girls, and getting ever more ready for the new baby's arrival next month, I'll also be taking some time to work on my Carver and McCain series, which I've decided to pitch as "Lethal Weapon with werewolves." It'll be fun. I think I'm more comfortable writing urban fantasy and investigative characters than just about any other, so as much as I'm looking forward to starting my re-drafting on Lady Raven, I'm really going to enjoy Carver and McCain. I'm also looking forward to starting the edits on Final Hope, but that's probably still a little while away. Plenty of time to get Nathan's last adventure ready!
And, after a long break, I'll be getting back to running tabletop games in the new year. We'll be picking up my Dresden Files campaign, "On The Run," so I'll be spending some of the Christmas break preparing new story arcs and plot hooks well in advance.
I'm definitely looking forward to Christmas this year, and I'm so excited to see the looks on the girls' faces when they see what Santa's bringing them.
How will you be spending Christmas?