Now, we don’t really celebrate Christmas. There’s a lot of reasons for that that don’t matter—and the way we tend to do it is more often than not on the Orthodox calendar—but we do give folks presents this time of year because I am utterly terrible at remembering birthdays.
I’ve also moved to being someone who gets you something only if I can think of a thing, because we’re all grownups here and we all have a lot of junky shit we don’t need, so I’m not going to add to that out of social obligation. What presents I do get people vary from totally made to purchased, depending.
But! We do a limited edition mix CD for folks as a sort of card/present. Some years a person gets just the CD, some years they get a thing too. I’m really proud of the CDs we make, Chase is a genius at creating a listenable playlist within a tight theme and I love doing the covers for them and folding all the little envelopes.
The first year we did this we made a short album of Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem—an album that for some reason the Henson folks never have put out. The easily available stuff was on there and we pulled a lot from good Muppet Show videos. The cover was based off of the Wu-Tang Forever album art.
Last year the theme was bands singing songs about themselves. It varied from Wu-Tang to Prince to a bunch of killer metal. The album art was based off of a Caravaggio painting of Narcissus.
We’ve made a rule not to tell folks the theme straight off, to see if they can guess it. This year I am super in love with the theme even more and I cannot wait to start the cover design.
So, you’re not going to get updates on the focus month, since I do like presents to be a surprise. At the end of the month, though, there will be a dump of images (hopefully!). This is another easy month, since I’ve got crazy work times and am trying to finish The Audacity Gambit (which! Foley did the sweetest fan art for!!)