Well my Christmas has come and gone and this season like always is busy for me. It took a little longer to hit my Christmas Spirit button more than usual but when it came if flooded in. It was someone breaking a damn and all the “water” (or joy of the season) came flooding in. I did things a little different this year. Instead of taking off Christmas Eve, I decided to take the 26th off (I mean it is technically a Holiday in many other nations called “boxing day” so why not). The reasoning for this is because my first party wasn’t until 6pm Christmas eve night and then a marathon day on Christmas day. Three homes spending hours each opening gifts, eating, playing games and laughing is quite exhausting no matter how wonderful it is. I am so glad I did too. I really needed to sleep in that morning lol.
Christmas Eve at my aunts was and always is a loud, food, gift giving extravaganza that goes on until mid-night. We laugh, and watch the kids open then gifts. The adults play a gift exchange game which is always fun. We each pick a number and in pick out gifts in that order (all the gifts are a general nice gift that anyone can use). The twist is once your number comes around you can either choose to steal one of the already opened gifts or pick out an unwrapped present. Then we sit around and catch up with each other some of us only see each other a handful times a year or just in passing.
Christmas day, starts out early in the morning and my husband and exchange our gifts to each before we head to his extended family’s party (we don’t do anything with his brothers and our sister in laws until the next weekend) we have brunch and similar exchange game I do with my family. Then off to my sisters for more food and huge mountain of presents to be shared by the whole family. MY sisters and I exchange with each other and their kids and well my Mother goes all out and gives us all multiple really nice gifts. She is crazy generous!! Later that evening we all sat around telling the kids all the old stories of my Dad and when we were young. They love hearing about them because they get to hear how we were just like them. Getting in trouble making mistakes and realize how “imperfect” we all are. It makes us relatable to them. I think they respect us more for it honestly. Instead of trying to put this fake “we are all knowing and perfect” face. It is just unrealistic.
Well the weekend after we spend with my husband’s brothers. They come in for out of state so it is easier just to wait until after Christmas because one of them can’t get here until then. It is kind of nice too because with Christmas Eve and Christmas day so full it kind of spreads it out. We also exchange a lot of gifts and play games. Unfortunately, this year there was some minor tense. It didn’t directly involve me but we all are affected by it in some way. I also don’t want to air dirty laundry out. We are all human and I know a lot of it is simple communication issues and lose of perspective. Now don’t get me wrong there were many pleasant moments and I enjoyed my time for the most part. Trust me I now family’s who’s drama is so much worse then mine and I don’t want this to be a “Swap war stories” kind of thing. I am blessed with wonderful family on both ends. They are all generous loving, and kind maybe to much and it just gets expressed wrong. My husband and I got to play games and enjoy those we love and all.
I got some really nice gifts form people. A bunch of new cloths and some gift cards to get more (I really did need them). My Mother and Mother In Law gave me gift cards for my hair! On top of it my husband got me a gift certificate to go get a massage. Actually he did really well this year, he got me a mini speaker for my phone and ipod, he also gave me this BBC series called “Blue Planet”. Sense we haven’t had cable in 3 years I don’t get to watch any of my wild life/nature shows anymore. Crazy thing is he didn’t get any of it off my list he was able to find stuff I like without it. I am telling ya that kind of gift giving is a skill. A skill I wish I had. I also got Diablo III for the PlayStation (Fantasy RPG game for those who aren’t gamer geeks) and even though Dan and I haven’t had much time at home we managed to squeeze that in a little bit and were able to start watching the 6 season Big Bang Theory we also got for Christmas.
Even though I enjoy the Holidays so much I am kind of glad it only comes once a year. After all the activity I think New Year ’s Day is going to me and him day. We have a church service at night but that’s not until 7pm. I just want some time to relax at home. I hardly have seen it lol. My Mothers cat is very upset with us for leaving him so much. Actually after talking to my mother and my husband we are just going to keep him. My mother is always gone (traveling, taking care of Grandma, and other things) she isn’t really home that much and he gets really upset. He’s one of the neediest cats I ever met. So other than this time a year the once a year we go on extended vacation we are home. The hubs is home all day because he isn’t working and he seems to like people around. Even if the cat is just sitting on the sofa by himself he just wants people around. Ha ha isn’t that a weird twist??? I get stir crazy really easily but give me a week full of holiday fun and a nice quite day at home sounds great. I wish there was a way to spread out that condense fun throughout the year. I get quite lonely in the quite winter after the Holidays.
Anyway, Cya later! I might be blogging again soon sense work is really slow (always is this time a year)..