December 27, 2011

This Christmas

Ho-ho-holy crap Christmas is over. It was just a few days ago when I said I can't believe it's almost Christmas and now it's gone. I don't know about you but my house is a mess, my kids are wiped out and I'm fatter.

We did all the usual stuff this year which is precisely what you should do in times like these. The whole family came over for Christmas Eve where we served the traditional Baby Jesus Chili and cornbread. We decorated the Christmas cookies we'd baked earlier in the day. We all wore jeans, nothing fancy, drank beer and wine (minus the kids) and hung out.

Then Santa came.

Sunday morning was chaos as every Christmas morning should be. Shredded wrapping paper fell like snow and the gifts piled up like snowdrifts. By ten we'd trashed the place and eaten breakfast but still refused to get dressed.

Santa was kind to the kids. Mia got a slightly used Kindle, Owen got a multitude of Lego Star Wars sets (which I spent hours assembling) and, well, frankly in general George Lucas owes us lunch or one of those life-size Storm Troopers. You owe us, Lucas. Beth and I were pretty kind to each other too. She got a new bracelet (Mia's choice), a jewelry box (mine) and a top-of-the-line pasta pot (hers). I got a new coffee maker and iPhone. (Yep, the 4S, baby!) And then we headed to the in-laws' house where the whole family turned up again and there was more chaos, more presents, more food, and more alcohol.

We are incredibly lucky. Incredibly. We have this huge, wonderful family that gets together like this constantly, holiday or not. We have beautiful children who put on amazingly strange impromptu performances about witches and aliens. We have jobs and money and resources to make sure there are presents under a tree and an abundance of food with which we can celebrate.

Then we went to Arlington Cemetery to visit those who couldn't be with us this year. We missed them and the holidays weren't quite the same without them in the world.

But they were still pretty darn good...and we were still pretty darn lucky.

Posted by Chris at December 27, 2011 8:28 AM

Our Christmas lasted three days., Three days of food, alcohol and fun! I am exhausted and today I refuse to get out of my pajamas at all! Even the dackels are exhausted! Thankfully, we have enough leftovers for the next few days and I will not have to cook, and I might even break out the paper plates so that clean up is a breeze. I need, a long winters nap!

Posted by: Maribeth at December 27, 2011 9:50 AM

merry christmas, cactus family!

Posted by: kati at December 27, 2011 7:12 PM

Sounds like an incredible Christmas weekend! We had a pretty good time also.

Posted by: Krush at December 27, 2011 9:35 PM

I love this post. :) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Posted by: Longchamp at December 29, 2011 2:07 AM