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Time for some holiday cheer. Or not.

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May. 18th, 2007 | 02:00 pm
mood: nostalgicnostalgic

Soon we'll be halfway around the wheel from the Christmas, er, winter holiday season.  Seems like a good time to try to recapture that holiday spirit.  To which end I've just published, on my home page at the Well, a [very] short story entitled "Christmas Among the Beasts"; you can find it at http://www.well.com/user/edelsont/fiction-and-poetry/xmas-among.html.

But now, let me tell you the story behind the story ....

The date: January 1, 2006.  Toofus [my Greyhound] and I were talking about the holiday season that was then winding down.  We pronounced ourselves largely satisfied with how it had passed for us, but with one exception.

We hadn't caught the "Christmas episodes" of any TV series.  I don't know if they even still make these, but at one time, it was a tradition of which I became very fond.  Even the most hard-boiled of crime shows would always, in its last episode to broadcast before Christmas Day, demonstrate a softer side, an awareness that there's more to life than hard-eyed men (and sometimes women) with guns.  Or more precisely, they'd show that even the hard guys themselves occasionally remembered that there was more to life than taking, and punishing; that there was a time for giving, and forgiving.  Even if it only came once a year.

And so Toofus and I set out to create an example of what we had missed.  "Christmas Among the Beasts" was the result.  I trust you'll find it suitably heart-warming.

Then again, maybe you won't.


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