Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

20 Nov 2005, 17:44 p.m.

Post-Thanksgiving Traditions One Week Early

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2005 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

My family used to see a movie the day after Thanksgiving, and lots of US residents shop for Christmas presents in the three days after Thanksgiving. Instead, I saw the new Harry Potter movie yesterday, and shopped for gifts today. I've finally got a routine for holiday shopping. If I see specific things I think will appeal to someone, or are on Leonard's family members' wishlists, I get them. Everyone else gets a card, a calendar, or a charity donation in their name.

The Harry Potter film was fantastic at atmosphere and suspense, not so hot at the richness of the world, the social relationships that make the universe so textured. And huge subplots went missing. Ah well, someday someone will make seven giant TV miniseries for the books.