holiday musings

Posted on Tuesday 26 December 2006

sense :: sight // Eddie Izzard – Glorious

All in all, the holidays went well, although thankfully they’re not completely over yet. The week between Christmas and New Year’s is always kind of a null period-it feels so strange to have nothing to do aside from go back to work. I think I’m still hung up over my childhood, where the day before Christmas Eve was essentially one big party at school (and thankfully I found an office that’s pretty similar) and then we’re out of school from then until the first day after New Year’s. It just feels weird and wrong to have to go back to work right after Christmas. Luckily it’s a short week and I took today off in order to relax a bit after Christmas day, and we get another three-day weekend for the end of the year.

Which we’ll need, because we’re having another New Year’s party. This time I’ll try not to get quite as inebriated as last year, although the bar is about as stocked as it was last year.

All in all, we survived the holidays-last weekend (before the holiday) we went up to Philly to see Raevyn’s mother and our mutual friends in the area, and that was lovely, although we didn’t have nearly enough time to spend up there-we walked away with armloads of loot from Raevyn’s mother. Still, having come up Saturday night and having to leave again Sunday evening made for not much time to spend, but hopefully we’ll be able to get back up there next month. This past weekend we went to visit my parents, Friday night we were on the road, and Saturday night we opened gifts and had a few drinks between us all. Sunday afternoon was the big dinner, and Sunday night we came back down here to go to clean up the house, wrap each other’s Christmas gifts, watch some holiday TV, and get some much-needed sleep.

Monday morning of course, we slept in. Monday afternoon, on the other hand, we rolled out of bed, made some quick breakfast, enjoyed some hot spiced cider, and opened the presents spilling out from underneath our Christmas tree. All in all, a beautiful Christmas morning, complete with presents flowing out from under the tree. Pictures were taken, they’ll come soon. We played a little with our toys (most of which are still under the tree, and probably will be until Saturday or Sunday night) and got ourselves together to head up to the Ralston Social Club, the new home of our dear friends Tim and Brooke. We took the grand tour of their beautiful new pad, warmed ourselves by the pellet furnace, ordered Chinese food (which is becoming in itself an excellent holiday tradition) exchanged gifts, and watched Harry Potter movies on the comfy new couch. As the night went on and Tim and Brooke needed to get to bed, we hopped back in the car and drove home, only to wind up crashing out pretty quickly after getting home and sharing another mug of hot cider.

The holidays are always a wonderful time of the year-driving to and from Tim and Brooke’s place made me a little sad that in a few days, Christmas trees will start showing up, brittle and naked on sidewalks and curbs to be taken away by garbage men, all of the beautiful lights will come down, the lit trees and menorahs in shop windows and courtyards will disappear, and the season will be over, not to come again for another year. I’m generally appalled that the season comes to early, and the lights and decorations come up literally moments after Thanksgiving dinner, but I’m always sad to see them go.

This year, as usual, the holidays were wonderful, and we have a lot to be thankful for. Our home, our health, our wealth, our happiness, and most importantly our loved ones and friends and family. Also thankfully, the holidays aren’t quite over yet, and we’ll have more time to celebrate, come the end of this week. Remind me sometime this week to take another look at last year’s new years resolutions and see if I can hammer out some good ones for next year.

2 Comments for 'holiday musings'

    January 2, 2007 | 12:03 pm

    You are a sweet, sentimental old bird . . .

    Treasure the happy memories . . . they’re yours for a lifetime.

    January 2, 2007 | 4:59 pm

    ::blush:: Thank you, Pastilla. ^^

    Sometimes I wonder if I’m too nostalgic and sentimental, too wrapped in my memories and too focused on the lessons they might have for me that I might miss what’s happening in front of my face…but you know, I think that mental check might be enough to snap me out of it.

    I hope your holidays were warm and blissful too. 😀

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