Just like the Prodigal Son I’ve returned…….from celebrating Christmas! If you’re awesome, after reading the first part of that sentence, you will have some House of Pain lyrics stuck in your head. If you don’t, you are probably now looking up House of Pain. Either way, welcome back to reality, where the holiday decor is starting look sad and the only thing you’ve got left is the holiday weight you gained. I hope everyone got what they were hoping for and spread plenty of holiday cheer. I had a great time with family over the past week. I attend no less than 7 holiday celebrations between my family and my fiance’s. Yes, you read that correctly. SEVEN. Even after all that holiday cheer, I am still not tired of it. I really do enjoy this time of year even though it’s cold and gray outside. One of the traditions is attending a Christmas Eve service at church. They threw in a curve ball this year, by having a missionary lead the children’s sermon during the service. Let me preface the following sentences with I respect what this woman does, but I cannot help what I and others find funny. This woman had a lisp, a full-on lisp. The kind that Amy Poehler’s character named Kaitlin on SNL had.
It wouldn’t have been so funny is she would have limited the number of times she said “resilience”, “Christmas”, or “presents”. I am aware that this makes me a horrible person, but it took everything I had not to laugh. Despite the fact that I have now booked a one way ticket to Hell, I still got some gifts this year.
My absolute favorite gift was the one my grandpa made. He built our house and all of the furniture in it, so it’s an understatement to say he is talented. Every year, he makes all of us something neat for our homes. This year, he made us all a version of the 12 days of Christmas. So much love and time invested in this gift! I love it and will cherish it forever. I knew the rest of my presents would center around the upcoming wedding and would mostly be from one of our registries. I was still excited and it’s kind of brilliant since you get stuff you actually want. I wonder how socially acceptable it would be for me to create a registry/wishlist and pass it out amongst friends and family. It’s one thing for them to look it up on their own, but forcing down their throats seems a little abrasive. Hmmmmmm…..I’ve got a year to decide if I shall do this next Christmas/Hanukkah! Here are a few pictures from my Christmas this year!