This is my favorite time of year. I love the cold(ish) weather, the short days and long winter nights, the music (schmaltzy, solemn and joyous), the lights and decorations, the family get-togethers, and the diabetic coma inducing food. About the only thing I don't like is the shopping. There's nothing joyous about crowded parking lots, mob-filled malls, maxxed out credit cards, and time spent wrapping gifts that'll be shoved into a dark closet until used for next year's white elephant gift exchange at work.
Work on The Reckoning Flames is progressing--slowly for now (so many distractions!), but I hope to pick up the pace in the new year. January is going to be a very busy month.