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Happy Halloween…Merry Christmas…et infinitum
Hey there boys and girls! It’s that nifty time of the year again! Time to gorge yourself on candy and turkey, to find that special someone just the right gift and to make merry at any number of wild parties. I’m way ahead since I never took down last year’s Christmas tree (brown is…sort of seasonal).



In the spirit of the season, Sink Into Your Eyes unveils its newest story category--Holidays Henceforth, any stories with a holiday theme (Halloween, Christmas, New Years, Easter, etc.) may be marked as such and included there.



When you submit a new story, or if you want to include one or more of your current holiday stories, simply click on the new category in addition to any other you choose such as AU or Post Hogwarts. SIYE is special in that you can designate your work as belonging to more than one. Be sure to notate in your summary which holiday you are writing.



So let the festivities begin! You say you wrote a Christmas story three years ago and you’d like to share it again? Mark it as Christmas in its summary and post it to the Holiday Category! Uncle Spenser my Halloween story is already in the AU, Challenge and Pre-Ootp categories. No problem! It’s about to be in the Holiday group as well. Enjoy people! Enjoy the season, whichever season it may be, and let us enjoy your special stories with our bag of chocolate, pumpkin pie and cup of eggnog.



Thank you! Eric

P.S.--Holiday, as associated with this new category, refers to those formal occasions during the year that call for celebration and/or special remembrance. We understand now that in many parts of the world holiday can also simply refer to a vacation a person takes. The latter is not our intention. Please forgive my Americanization at our international site. Eric

Spenser Hemmingway on 2008.10.25 - 09:30AM ()

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Spenser Hemmingway came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.25 - 09:43AM to say:

I'd like to thank the bosses, Sir Dreadnaught and Professor Scroll who supported this idea and allowed us to run with it. I try to do a Christmas story every year and I look forward to being able to share them this way. I never get tired of watching those old holiday movies, or reading special books to my children, and this is much like that to me. Now we have a place to go to post or peruse good holiday-themed works in keeping with whichever one we are celebrating.

Keep in mind that there are a lot of holidays over the course of the year; you don't need to concentrate just on Christmas or Halloween. I just may create something for Saint Ozymandias Day (patron saint of leprechauns). To kick off the new category I've added one of my favorites. Thanks again for everyone's support! Eric B.



sanidad came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.25 - 11:08AM to say:

This is a neat idea and one I don't recall seeing on any other HP fanfiction websites. Score one for SIYE!



krpton came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.25 - 02:43PM to say:

it would be even better where you have an area where members can voice their opinion to the webmasters



parakletos came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.25 - 03:27PM to say:

Is this category going to extended to the summer holidays or is there going to be a special 'vacation' category for that? :p



Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.25 - 03:29PM to say:

krpton - any member is always welcome to voice their opinions to any or all staff members of SIYE. SIYE does not have an open forum like some other sites. That's not the focus of SIYE. But members are always free to talk to the staff. Send one of us an e-mail with anything worthwhile on your mind.



Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.25 - 03:38PM to say:

parakletos - this new category is about holidays, not vacations. If a holiday is in the summer, like Independence Day is on July 4th in the US, that's perfectly fine. You could write how you celebrated Independence Day with Harry and Ginny while on summer hols in England. That would be even better.



parakletos came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.25 - 04:50PM to say:

Sir Ollivander: Holidays are what you would call vacations.



Victor Aagaard came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.25 - 07:01PM to say:

That's awesome!



Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.25 - 08:06PM to say:

parakletos - I didn't know that. We may have to tighten our definition of what we are considering "Holidays."



Lord Dreadnault came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.25 - 08:48PM to say:

parakletos: Thank you for bringing our American use of "Holiday" to our attention. For the purpose of this category, we will consider religious/cultural observances such as Christmas, Valentines Day, and Halloween as holidays. I have accordingly updated the Holiday category description.
krpton: Though there is no public forum to discuss opinions with the SIYE Staff, you are indeed welcome to contact us via e-mail. You can reach me at president[at]siye.co.uk



Spenser Hemmingway came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.26 - 09:28AM to say:

I've added a short postscript trying to explain that we are not associating the word with vacations. I apologize to those who were confused by this. My Americanizations are a part of why I invented the charater Spenser (that and I enjoy seeing him destroy things with power tools). Curious--if some refer to vacations as holidays, what word is used for occasions such as Christmas and Valentine's Day?

I am thrilled to beers that everyone seems to be so excited about the overall idea. We still have five days until Halloween. After you've sent in your Challenge entry, there's still time for a spooky submission (remember to reference the "holiday" in the summary). Thanks again! Eric



parakletos came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.26 - 09:34AM to say:

'Curious--if some refer to vacations as holidays, what word is used for occasions such as Christmas and Valentine's Day?' I think the 'some' includes the cast of the Potter series :p Valentine's Day is not a holiday. Christmas , Easter, summer hols, half term etc are. Plus Bank holidays



Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.26 - 09:47AM to say:

And let's not forget:
St. David's Day
St. George's Day
May Day
Harvest Festival
Bonfire Night
Remembrance Day
St. Andrew's Day
Advent
Boxing Day
Kissing Friday
Derby Day
Guy Fawkes Night
...and a whole bunch more!
http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/holidays.html



Spenser Hemmingway came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.26 - 09:58AM to say:

Kissing Friday?



Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.26 - 12:56PM to say:

Spenser Hemmingway - Kissing Friday (the Friday after Ash Wednesday in February). On this Friday of Shrove Week, English schoolboys were once entitled to kiss girls without fear of punishment or rejection, a custom that lasted until at least the 1940s.



seaswimmer came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.26 - 03:20PM to say:

Derby Day isn't actually a holiday, it's just that some families treat it as one! The Derby used to be on Wednesdays, and there were a few kids you could guarantee would be off school; I think it's now been switched to Saturdays to make it more accessible to families. August Bank Holiday and the Bank Holiday Monday a the end of May are also technically holidays in the UK... And New Year's Day. I wouldn't have had Advent down as a holiday (but it's an awesome excuse for more time off school...) I think I'd better stop now. Having an account here shouldn't actually be an excuse for me to write drivel, however tempting it may be...



M_And came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.26 - 10:33PM to say:

Spencer - would that be 2,3 beers or a whole six pack? As for Kissing Friday...The holiday was fell on hard times and was moved to the States (to New Orleans) where it became "Fat Tuesday". Now instead of having no fear of kissing girls on that day, boys and girls can run around naked and tanked without fear of arrest. Well...within reason anyway - M_And



Spenser Hemmingway came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.27 - 09:35AM to say:

I think that we have a story bunny here. Can you imagine the fun when Kissing Friday is introduced to Hogwarts?! Even the Slytherins would doft their pointy hats to a Muggle tradition. The girls could play turnabout with the use of Sadie Hawkins' Day.



Bryher came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.27 - 04:48PM to say:

I'm confused - if Americans don't call vacations holidays, why did Sir Ollivander refer to summer hols in the above post? Hols being short for holidays. I love that Woodlands Junipr School website - it's a real mine of information! I don't think we really have a collective name for all the things which Americans call holidays. Bank holidays or public holidays are the collective name we have for the days where people traditionally get time off e.g Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Spring Bank Holiday, May Day, August Bank Holiday etc. Things like Valentine's day aren't actual holidays. Hope that made sense...



Yunchao came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.27 - 05:17PM to say:

Epic.



Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.27 - 07:21PM to say:

Bryher - you have a valid point. I was trying to express the difference of having a "holiday" while on "vacation" in the same sentence. I guess I didn't do that quite right. Five points.



LilyLady came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.27 - 08:30PM to say:

EXCELLENT idea! I was just thinking of this a few weeks back, that it would be great if we could get all the stories grouped together. Thanks SIYE!



jennyelf came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.27 - 10:35PM to say:

You know I'm with Spenser. I see lots of plot bunnies bouncing their way through Harry/ Ginny's lives and all to do with the holiday Kissing Friday... Funny how I didn't hear about that one when I was living there. At the time I was single and probably would have enjoyed it... :)



parakletos came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.28 - 10:14AM to say:

'Funny how I didn't hear about that one when I was living there. At the time I was single and probably would have enjoyed it... :) ' Probably for the same reason that even those members of my family in their 70s haven't heard of it.



seaswimmer came out of the woodwork on 2008.10.31 - 03:13PM to say:

Georgie-Porgie pudding & pie, kissed the girls and made them cry; When the boys cae out to play Georgie-Porgie ran away No I didn't write it! I've been grasping in the back of my mind for this rhyme ever since Sir O explained Kissing Friday. Perhaps the two are related, and the boys weren't quite as unrejected as they thought... (Old nursery rhyme or something by the way - one of those things you heard as a kid and that remains in your brain long after all the useful stuff has dispersed...)


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