I think we're not buying so many big presents this year; most of the people we'd be buying for are pretty well off, so I think we're going to try charity gifts in people's names and see how that goes. Plus something small that they can open, like a book.
Now the question is just what charity. I'm pretty fond of Asha for Education personally -- they're super-efficient in terms of finances and I like what they do. But organizations like World Vision are reasonably efficient and you get a card for your donor saying that they've given a cow, or a goat, or a flock of chickens. More fun for the holidays, I think. Is World Vision the best one for giving cows? Any advice on fun but still effective charities would be welcome.
Hmm...I also need to find some good books for Kevin's folks. They've already read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. What to read, what to read? They're not genre-readers, so that knocks out a large set. Are there good lawyer books? His mom's a lawyer and his dad's a judge. I wonder if they'd like The Hamilton Case -- that has a legal case in it, and it's a good book. What about good teacher books? His sister's a special-ed teacher...
In other news, I've really been taking it super-easy the last two-and-a-half weeks. I'm in vacation mode already, and the semester isn't over yet. I do need to do some work today, but not yet, I think. First, I read Rushdie, see if I can finish The Moor's Last Sigh. The writing is vibrant on the sentence level, and the story is good and satisfying, but somehow, the book is very easy to put down. I've been reading it, off and on, for months, and I need to finish it and move on to something else.