Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Perfectly Wonderful Christmas

I truly could not have asked for a better Christmas. It started with Christmas Eve at my aunt and uncle's house where we indulged in a turkey and ham dinner and enjoyed our British Christmas Crackers. I had no idea what they were and thought they were simply table decorations, but once my cousin opened hers, I knew we were in for a treat. Each one contained a semi-practical gift, with some opening up shoe horns, mini screwdrivers, golf tees, nail clippers, or a small jewel to hang from your cell phone. My nana and I got the jewels. My iPhone doesn't have a place for one and she doesn't have a cell phone, but I have a feeling she might try to wear hers as a pendant necklace. Funny thing was, that was my first thought for it too! Inside were also tissue paper crowns, which everyone donned, and corny little jokes that gave us all a chuckle. Even though it was a long night, it was a nice evening. To top it all off, we were in for a treat with the night sky where we saw a giant ring around the moon. I attempted to take a photo of it, but sadly it didn't turn out. C'est la vie!

Christmas morning was spent at my parents' house. We all woke up around 8AM, had our coffee, and then moved into the living room to begin opening presents. I already knew my parents got my sister a new 42" flat screen TV for her place and since that was her "big" present, I knew the budget for my presents went up significantly...hence the list I compiled. Much to my surprise though, I also got a TV! It isn't nearly as large as hers, but I think it'll be a nice addition to my bedroom for those mornings when I'm not quite ready to get out of bed, or I'm folding laundry, or I'm not quite ready to go to bed, but I'm ready to be IN bed. Anyway, on top of the small TV, I also got the camera I wanted! I was really surprised because I honestly thought the TV was my "big" gift too. I had told my parents I didn't care if they spent more on my sister than they did on me, but I guess they didn't listen! That's good news for me because I am so pleased with the camera! I still have a few more things to learn about it, but I'm super excited about using it. So far, the pictures are ah-mazing. I mean, check out how FLAWLESS my seester looks...she's that flawless in REAL life. 

I swear I didn't photoshop her, she's just that pretty.
My nana came over later on that afternoon and visited for a bit. My sister and I went in on a gift card for her to Ulta, while she gave us our usual card with a little bit of money tucked inside. She wrote some really nice things in my card and it really warmed my heart. Of course I insisted on a picture with her with my amazing new picture-taker! 

Pocket Nana and I in our faux scarf was a present from my seester!

After she left, my parents, sister, and I went to visit my great-grandma who is in a care facility. She's 94 and usually doesn't quite remember who we are, but we had a very pleasant visit with her nonetheless. She was even hamming it up for the camera...winks and all! It was also really nice that I was able to have a few personal moments with her and when she told me she loved me, I nearly cried. I don't visit her as often as I probably should, and while some days are better than others with her, this one was one of the best. It was great how excited she was about her new snap-front sweatshirt that she's wearing in the picture!

She told me my hair was so long and started to run her fingers through my hair.
Once we were back home, my mom popped the enchiladas into the oven, I started the rice, set the table, and then we all sat down for Christmas dinner. It was like I hadn't eaten in days. I may have actually inhaled my food. It was delicious though! With our bellies full, I recognized that the evening was starting to wind down. Christmas was coming to an end. I always look forward to Christmas, and this year was no exception, but I'm always a little melancholy when I know it's almost over. Not to mention I was certainly not looking forward to going to work today. I'm looking forward to taking down my Christmas tree even less! Everything in time...well, in time for it to be hauled away by someone else so I don't have to deal with again like last year! 

I hope your Christmas was magical! 


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