Tonight is the first night of Chanukah or Hanukkah, however you choose to spell it and say it. =)
It's mostly a quiet holiday for us this year, as my father is away on a business trip, my brother is now out in California with his sweetie, and my father's side of the family doesn't acknowledge my husband (hence, not seeing them during the holiday). So Chris and I plan to troop over to my mom's tonight, where we will light the first candle and eat latkes and Dusty, the barking Labrador, will bark at us in love. Zoe gets her candle lighting time tomorrow, and most of the rest of the holiday, as I assume we'll be using our own menorah.
It's also a quiet holiday for us, present-wise, which I think it's going to be for a lot of people this year. The American economy isn't doing well at all, especially with the housing market tanking. We're pretty decent, financially, but with Zoe's surprise vet hospital stay, we're keeping things low-key--it only makes sense. =) Although, if anyone can find me a new Wii to purchase that's under $300, I'll happily give you that or a spare kidney. I've got a husband that badly wants a next-gen gaming system...
Anyway, I wonder if it's useful to make some sort of book-related present list, to show people what I'm looking forward to reading, or what I've liked recently, etc. Last year I did a Dream Books post, and those actually still pretty much stand as what I'd like. But there's been a tremendous amount of cool fiction that's come out lately, so I almost feel like I should pimp it to you all. Opinions?
And as for me, in terms of serious presents, there's really only one thing I want for Chanukah: a new car with a big bow on it. Yes, like in the Lexus commercials. I just don't see it happening now. =)