The other was Christmas (I know, kind of cliche). Christmas, being a holiday of family for me, is one of my favorite times of year, despite how hectic it can get with so much family to see (only six events this year). We have two traditions that make it extra special: my parents' book exchange, and the homemade gifts. Every Christmas my parents, brothers, and their wives, and myself and my husband, all bring books we have found over the past year, that we have read and enjoyed. We wrap them up, and exchange them in a blind pick. Over the following year we read the books, and either keep them or put them back in the mix. It is a great way to find books we might not otherwise read, as we all have different tastes in reading material.
The second- home made gifts. I have over 20 cousins and second cousins on my maternal family side. All of the adults have the option to draw a name and make a gift for that person. Over the years I have gotten blankets, yarn bowls, and this year, the ingredients for champurrado and a pie carrier. There are hand made wooden chests, ornaments, paintings, clothing, family night boxes, lots of food items, journals, and so many more, each item specially made for the recipient. Aside from books, handmade items are my preferred gifts to give. Both require a level of consideration and awareness of the recipient that can't quite be matched with a gift from a big box store or a gift card. This is a tradition I hope to always carry through- it caps off the end of the year with a wonderful feeling.
- I will be reorganizing the used books, and clearing up some of the older backlist books later this year.
- The next step in the process of getting from online to brick and mortar looks to be a bookmobile. This will likely be some years away- family housing needs to come first this year, and once that is settled and the Red Hen is on firmer ground in terms of sales I will be able to take steps to obtaining funding for a vehicle to convert into a mobile bookstore, and start making to rounds once a week or so- I look forward to getting feedback from you all about where to take it (second star to the right?)
- I will of course be working to get back in the swing of book reviews and back or a regular posting schedule. I recently finished a number of ARCs that I will be reviewing (hopefully by this weekend), and there is #mcbd2019 coming up later this month.
I am looking forward to a great 2019, and taking another step forward toward that storefront!
Happy New Year!