So, Christmas happened. It was nice…enough. Obviously, considering the circumstances, things – holidays, joyous occasions, events, etc. – just aren’t going to be amazing, wonderful, great. I don’t know that I’ve used any really pleasant adjectives to describe anything over the last month. (Unless it was a full 50-50 mix of awful and yet wonderful like the day of dad’s funeral). I think when people have asked how something was, I give a kind of pause-sigh, exhilation, “Good” type of response. And I follow it with a mumbled, “You know, fine” or “OK.” I suppose I’ve occasionally experienced surprise when – for a few moments I’m able to ignore reality – and do feel a little fun, a little joy. I say, “I actually had fun.”
But Christmas this year wasn’t fun. It was nice…enough. It was quiet. We were already planning on hosting it here which was a first. We’ve often done Thanksgiving but Christmas has always been at mom and dad’s. We’d decided pre-Thanksgiving and pre-dad’s passing to switch it up this year. So, I suppose it was good that we had a change in scenery, a shift in the Christmas routine.
Mom and Chris came over around 10:30; we opened gifts, played a couple of games, helped mom check email. Mom had a bad headache and napped while I made dinner. It was quiet. Nice…enough.
Mom made all three kids look alike mini-me gingerbread cookies. She spent a lot of time on them…and then, of course, the kids devoured them pretty quickly. So much for all her hard work, but I suppose she knew that would be the end result.
What should’ve/would’ve been the most exciting gift presentation of the day was a little anti-climatic. We gave the kids 2014 calendars – the boys got Lego ones and for Kayli’s was Disney princess themed. For February 16-22nd, I’d printed and pasted pictures on each day’s square – an airplane, Disneyland pictures, Legoland and another airplane. That’s right – we’re going on a trip!! We’ll get to see Mike’s dad and stepmom and hopefully my uncle and aunt as well. Anyway, the kids got to the pictures and just stared blankly at them. It was a dramatic, LONG pause before they finally figured it out. When they did they were pretty pumped…as the pictures show!