When I was a boy the hatchet was a Christmas gift commonly bestowed upon male children. In an attempt to cover up their lapse of sanity, parents would tell their offspring, "Now don't chop anything."
By the time this warning was out of the parents' mouths, the kid would have already whached two branches off the Christmas tree and be adding a second set of notches to one of his new Lincoln logs.
~ Patrick F. McManus in Never Sniff a Gift Fish
Merry Christmas from the McManus Gang![This old picture by Gary Williams from Pat's 1988 calendar shows just about everybody gathered for Christmas. Just add about three feet of snow because Pat's family farm was located outside beautiful, blizzardy Sandpoint, Idaho.]
Here in Blight, the snow is already starting to fly, the roads are burnished black ice, and Christmas is in the air. Pat has already arm-wrestled a promise out of me to take him Christmas shopping for Bun. I have no idea what he is planning, but I guarantee it will include a trip to See's Candy because they hand out free samples!
This month, Pat tells us his Christmas Tree story again. What??!! You've never heard the Christmas Tree story?? Obviously you have never had Christmas dinner with the McManus Clan! It is a favorite McManus family tradition to hear the Christmas Tree story (and numerous variations because it is Pat, after all!) every year as we sit around admiring Mom and Dad's Christmas tree. It just wouldn't be Christmas without it! You can enjoy it at Pat Online. And while Bun doesn't have a traditional story to tell us, she has her own Christmas traditions--like making yummy Christmas candy. She has a new recipe this month that I can't wait to try. And you probably didn't know that Bun had a short career as a "Snow Bun" on the Bun Hill (that would be ski jargon for all you non-ski types!). Check out her snowy adventures at Bun's Blog!
If you missed the November sale at McManus books, you are still in luck because some of our books remain discounted for a little bit longer. And if you are a Cyber Shopper, you are really in luck because for the first time we are offering our customers TWO exceptional Cyber Monday deals that will remain posted until whenever I get around to taking them down or they sell out! We are also periodically posting old paperback first editions of Pat's story collections at extremely low prices. Supplies are very limited, so these items go fast, and we cannot get anymore. Check out our great deals today at McManus Books!
Last shipping day to arrive by Christmas is December 21st!