Tis the season to stress out about what to gifts to give your friends and family. I can’t help with your whole list, but if you happen to know a book lover (or if you are one yourself), I have just the thing for you.
You might think shopping for a reader is easy – just ask what books they like, click “add to cart” on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and then boom, you’re done! But if you’re like me and you want to support a small business or independent artist, or you want to give something a little more unique and special, I’ve got what you need. The list below covers alternatives to Amazon and other major booksellers, as well as online shops that sell a plethora of bookish goodies.
‘Tis the season to curl up in front of a fireplace with a good book and a big mug of hot cocoa. Snowflakes are falling outside of your window, and the only sound you hear is the crackle of the fire and the crinkle of pages being turned. It’s just you and the book, no one else around.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I find it’s a big challenging to get into the “Christmas spirit” when you’re a student. My school wrapped things up particularly late this year, so I didn’t get to go home until December 19. Between research papers on medieval and Renaissance literature and politics exams, it was easy to forget that Christmas was right around the corner.
And so I thought, what better way to get ready to celebrate Christmas than crank up my favorite Christmas music and participate in a Christmas-y book tag? This is the 12 Days of Christmas book tag, created by Falling Down The Book Hole, though I learned about it through Paper Fury’s post a few weeks ago. I did my very best to limit my answers to books I read this year, though you’ll see I bent the rules a tad bit…
Without further ado, let’s celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas!
It’s December, you’re in college, the last thing you want to think about is celebrating Christmas. There are exams to study for, papers to write, group projects to suffer through… who has time to think about the holidays?
Look, as much as I hate to say it, but the busy end-of-semester rush doesn’t delay the passing of time. Christmas will continue to get closer, and if you happen to have a late semester (like I did this year), it’ll be upon you almost as soon as you’re home for the holidays.
It’s hard to celebrate Christmas in college, but fortunately there are some ways you can still have holiday cheer while passing all of your exams.
I’m sure many of you are spending time with your family and friends on this Christmas Day, but since it’s still a Monday, I still wanted to share a short post with you. And, since it’s Christmas, I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite family traditions around the holidays. I’ll make sure I keep it short so you can get back to spending the day with your loved ones!
Around this time last year, I posted about my favorite original Christmas songs. It actually went out on Christmas day, since that was when I was still posting on Fridays, of course.
As a lover of Christmas music, I couldn’t resist the urge to do that again, except this year, I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite Christmas covers. These are songs that you’re probably familiar with in one way or another, though these covers might be a little different than what you’re used to. You’ve probably noticed that I love a variety of music, including what you might call “headbanger music.” I know this isn’t everyone’s favorite, so I’ll do my best to denote the genres with the song!
Have I talked about crafting here before? Well, surprise, I really love crafting. Now, I can’t crochet or knit or anything, but I can use a sewing machine and Mod Podge so I think that gives me at least some authority on the subject. Anyway, I used to hand-make a lot of the gifts I gave to people, for a couple of reasons: 1) they felt more personal, 2) it was usually cheaper, and 3) it was something to do when I wasn’t doing school anymore.
With school and finals and all of that fun stuff, I didn’t get the chance to go out and buy craft supplies to make anything this year, but I still wanted to share some of my favorite handmade gifts I’ve made. I don’t have any pictures of what I’ve made myself (see: computer issues), but I’ll link to the tutorials and also list some tips I have from my own experience.
On to the crafts!
UPDATE 12/16/16 – There are now pictures of what I’ve made coupled with the tutorials!
It feels kind of odd to be wishing you a Merry Christmas in my first “real” blog post, but I would be remiss not to do so. So, Merry Christmas everybody! I hope all of you are enjoying this wonderful holiday and are spending it with your family, friends, and the other special people in your life.
For this week’s post, I put together a short list of some of my favorite Christmas songs. Since I have so many, I decided to narrow it down by limiting myself to only original songs. So, even though they’re some of my favorites, you won’t see House of Heroes’ “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” or August Burns Red’s “Carol of the Bells” on this list. Perhaps someday I’ll make a list with those songs, but for today, I wanted to share some Christmas music you may not have heard before.