Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Organized Christmas 2012

Christmas has come and gone and now I can take time to reflect on it. As is becoming a tradition, I watched "It's A Wonderful Life" on Christmas Eve. Wish my wife would have joined me in that tradition, but that's a conversation for another post. After the movie, I went to sleep, only to wake up at 2:30am to do my Santa Duties. Shortly after returning to bed, I heard the pitter-patter of little feet. This kid really thought he was going to get up at 3:15 and open his gifts. Negative, not happening. We had already negotiated 6:30 as the earliest he could wake us up and that was not going to change.

After getting the child back to sleep, he was nice enough to let us sleep until 7:30. After that, he opened his gifts. The WiiU and the 7-11 Slurpee maker got the biggest reactions from him. (Even though I represent #teamnaughty, I still managed to come away with a PSVita, some clothes and some money). He played the WiiU all morning, while his mother made phone calls to her friends and I baked brownies for a dinner we were going to later in the day. Once the brownies were done, we started making the rounds. First to my mother-in-laws house to give her her gifts, then to my cousins house for dinner. There were about 30-40 people there as her and her boyfriend decided to have a joint Christmas celebration. And in the spirit of Christmas, they had gifts for everyone they invited.

After dinner it was back home for dessert, which consisted of a few red velvet cookies that were sent to me by a very good friend. How was your Christmas? Hopefully it was good and you were happy whether you were on #teamnice or #teamnaughty.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

To me, the holiday season is the best time of the year. Not so much because I look forward to getting gifts (it's been years since I've actually received what I wanted for Christmas), but because I look forward to giving gifts. More specifically, I look forward to seeing people's reactions when they open gifts that I give them. I'll be the first to admit, I'm anal when it comes to gift giving. I don't like giving someone a gift just to say I gave them something. I like to take my time and find that perfect gift that they will remember. So far, I have given two gifts (one in a Secret Santa and one that I had to mail out of town), the reactions I saw when the gifts were opened (the out of town person sent me a pic of her reaction) couldn't have been better. I can't wait to see the reactions on the other 8 people I brought gifts for, and I'm so thankful that I will have the pleasure of seeing them all in person.