|13 to Life|
What do the holidays mean in the most modern sense? Are they only an opportunity for gift-giving and -getting or a reason to argue how one religious perspective is superior to another?
No. To me, Yule, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years all share a central theme. Each one is an illustration of change. And these aren’t little changes—they are historical and cultural examples of how change can be encouraged, embraced and celebrated in our lives.
Of course, being the author of the Rusakova werewolves, I tend to see change in everything.
Yule. If you’re from one of “The Big Three” religions, Yule probably has escaped your notice. It’s generally observed by pagans. Yule’s an awesome example of the holiday spirit of change. It’s a celebration of the solstice and the change of seasons. Many pagans also relate it to the death of the Holly King and the birth of the Oak King.
Hanukkah is a remembrance of the re-dedication of the Hebrew Temple—a time of change during which control of the Holy Temple was regained, and while working to ritually rededicate it, they found there was only one day’s worth of holy oil with which to light the menorah. Yet it burned for eight days. It was a miracle that proved to them the change they’d succeeded in making had Yahweh’s stamp of approval.
Christmas—the birth of Christ. What changes anyone’s life more than the birth of a child? Moms and dads, you know what I mean. And that change goes even without you giving birth to the savior of mankind (hey, that’s some pressure there). The birth of Jesus was not only a miracle foretold, it was also the gift (and another godly stamp of approval) some people needed in order to feel they could better empower themselves under Roman rule.
And of course there’s New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Many of us still make resolutions on New Year’s Eve—we dedicate ourselves to changing for the better. That, to me, is the spirit of the holiday season—changing ourselves for the better and celebrating good changes and victories with those around us.
So this holiday season I’m sharing the spirit of change with someone here by offering a signed copy of 13 to Life, my debut novel (debuting as a novelist’s a change that nearly rivals giving birth). The winner will be ready for the February 15th release of the second novel in the series, Secrets and Shadows. It too is chock full o’ more change.
As always, the rules are the same:
1. Nominate the person you want to send that day’s gift to and a short reason as to why.
2. For an extra entry, spread the word about this giveaway: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. – leave a link in the comments.
3. Leave your email with your comment ONLY IF it is NOT part of your profile.
4. This giveaway is open to everyone for nominations, however you cannot enter yourself.
5. You may only win one gift to send.
This giveaway is open until Wednesday evening, December 22nd at 5 p.m.. Winner to be announced on Wednesday evening!
And this will wrap up our Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway for 2010! Thank you very much to every single author, reader and guest who participated this year! Don’t worry, we will be back in 2011 with more great gifts and I have a surprise for one special person who nominated someone else this year for a gift! So be sure to check back.