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Merry Merry Christmas!

[caption id="attachment_392" align="aligncenter" width="300"]0001479159_500 Dominick the Donkey![/caption]

 

If people ask me what my religious beliefs are, I tend to tell them that I am a Christmas Atheist, meaning that I don't really believe in any deity, but that I like to celebrate Christmas.  I don't participate in any of the religious things like going to Church or setting up a Nativity, but I love to watch the movies, read the books, listen to the music (it is just so cheerful and romantic), and eat all the food.  We have people over for Christmas at our house, although this year we'll have our get-together on the 28th (my aunt has to work on the 26th and she decided that we would have a quiet Christmas on the actual day, which is fine with me because I'll be able to watch the Doctor Who Christmas special tomorrow night).

Most years, I start reading Christmas romances around Thanksgiving, but this year the holiday just crept up on me, so I only started reading anything Christmas-y last week.  If you've been by the blog the last few days, you know how that turned out.  I only have myself to blame because I decided to read different Christmas stories this year than I normally do.  Usually, I read Holiday in Death by J.D. Robb, a Debbie Macomber anthology (with The Forgetful Bride and When Christmas Comes), and Christmas Eve in Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas.  This year, I tried to read Call Me Mrs. Miracle and The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber and neither of them really worked for me.  I might try reading another Christmas book before New Year's, but for right now I have gone back to reading the Lucky Harbor Series by Jill Shalvis, a series I recently discovered and have been devouring for the last month.

How do you celebrate Christmas?  Do you like to read the Christmas romances or are they too saccharine for you?  What about the music?  Do you start listening before or after Thanksgiving?  (There is a radio station here that starts playing Christmas music mid-November and doesn't stop until Christmas Day.)  What's your favorite Christmas Song?  Do you like the novelty songs like little Dominick the Donkey, whose picture I've posted above, or I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, which I heard for the first time when I was living in Boston a few years ago, or do you prefer classic Christmas songs like Silver Bells?

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