A Holly, Jolly Christmas

We had ourselves a holly, jolly Christmas with my family and I came out of it feeling better than I have in a couple of weeks. If I think too hard about all the schoolwork I have to do this week or the fact that the idiot next door neighbor is stealing one of our parking spots, then I get angry again. But, when I just think about how much my parents seemed to love their gifts, about how great it was to be with family for the day, then I am really, really happy.

Dad was much more excited and impressed with the Live Aid DVD we bought him then I thought he would be. That was a great start to it all. I was really happy about that, since I wasn’t sure if he was going to be into it or not. Both Mom and Dad loved the home movies DVD that I’ve been working on for two weeks and when we watched it there wasn’t a single problem to be found. Grandma was very happy that I remembered to buy her whisk, a silly little gift she’d been meaning to buy for herself for a long, long while.

Stephanie seemed to dig the stuff I bought for her, which included a Lord of the Rings chess set. She has never played chess and I thought it would be a cool thing for us to have around to play together.

My teenaged cousins really appreciated the gift cards I got them because they can now go out and get their own stuff. I had been nervous about that, too. Generally, everything went swimmingly.

I got everything I asked for and some great stuff I hadn’t been expecting. My gifts were mostly movies and one video game, but I also got a couple of new sweaters, which I needed because the one I was wearing was the only one I had that fit, and I got some t-shirts, which I also needed, and I got a package of Soft Batch cookies in my stocking, which were my favorite for years and which I haven’t had in ages.

All in all, it was a happy day. I was up at six o’clock in the morning, just like the old days and I was giddy until there was no more giddiness left in my body. I love Christmas.