Christmas for our family isn’t a religious occasion; for us it’s just a time to get together as a family. Now, before anyone jumps in and says that Christmas is just another holiday that has been transformed by retailers as a day to spend oodles of money on things that we probably shouldn’t, much like Halloween, Easter, and, uh, Arbor day, it’s not, so can it.
This was the first year I could really give people the type of gifts that I have always wanted to. Having a salaried job allows me to do this. My brother Rory got his present early on account of him becoming a father. He was in need of a baby monitor, so I, as his brother and complete nerd, got him this cool wireless video baby monitor system. I gave my dad a Kitchen-Aid stand-up mixer. Apparently he’s wanted to do some cooking/baking/whatever that requires a nice mixer. Becky put together an Amazon wish list prior to Christmas and from that I decided to get her a bunch of children’s books which was the majority of her list. She’s going to be an elementary school teacher, so she deemed it logical she should have some children’s books. My favorite book that I got her was Katy and The Big Snow. That book wasn’t on her list, but it was one of my favorite children’s books, so I figured it would be ok.
On the receiving end of things, I made out pretty good as well. Rory, with an apparent desire to support my burgeoning alcoholism, got me an 8-piece crystal decanter set. Though the set is for whiskey and I don’t drink whiskey, I think I can find something to put in the decanter. The origin of my dad’s gift is somewhat cumbersome to explain, but I will digress for a moment to try and explain. For my birthday in August, I wanted a radar detector for my car. I told him I was going to pick it out so I could make sure to get a good one. However, I never got around to doing it. When Christmas came around, I just figured I’d pick out a nicer present that would cost the equivalent of a birthday present plus a Christmas present. I’ve been wanting a digital camera for a while now and since I’d be traveling soon, it seemed like the right present to ask for. And thus, my present was born. My last gift was from Becky. We had some trouble deciding what we were going to get for each other, but out of the numerous things I said that I would like, she decided on the Metropolis Chrome messenger bag. Josh has a few and he really likes them and I’ve wanted a messenger bag for a while now, so I’m quite happy with the outcome. I’m quite happy with the whole Christmas, actually.
So, that’s how my Christmas went, how did everyone else’s go?