Can you feel it? It's waiting for you. It's creeping closer, ever closer, day by day. Tension hangs in the air, its dreadful keen followiing you everywhere: in the supermarket, at the mall. You can try to run, but there's no escaping it. Like Sisyphus, you are doomed to watch in despair as it slips from your hold and crushes you beneath its awful weight once again. It's.... THE HOLIDAY SEASON.
Okay, okay, I'm (mostly) kidding. While some people probably do see the holidays as a Sisyphean burden, for most people it's a time to relax, enjoy the sights and sounds of the season, be with friends and loved ones, and eat way more than they usually do. Still, the coming months are not without their stressors-- the shopping, the traffic, the extra preparations to visit or be visited. (And there's always that relative you really love better at a distance.) But I've got some helpful tips for you, and a speculative fiction list, too!