Christmas has come and gone. It’s always a bit of a surreal feeling every year because you spend so much time and energy and money getting ready for Christmas … and now it’s all over. Now we have a few minor holidays to look forward to over the next two months, but it’s really the dog days of winter now. Having said that, though, we haven’t really had winter yet. We basically had a three-week inversion with no snow or sun. It was pretty miserable. By the end of the inversion, I’d formed a head cold that has now officially lasted one week. I’m still struggling with how my body is reacting to this cold / sinus infection.
We had a fun Christmas nonetheless. We spent Christmas Eve and morning at Jen’s parents’ house. This is probably the last time we’ll ever spend the night at someone’s house over Eve / Morning because we’re getting old enough and have enough junk of our own that we’ll probably stick to our own home from now on. The kids got lots of schwag and came away feeling like it was a pretty nice Christmas. To be honest with you, we’ve never not had a nice Christmas and have been very blessed to have gainful employment our entire marriage.
Jen and I didn’t do much gift exchanging on Christmas because we’ve been purchasing our gifts over the last month or two. For example, Jen recently purchased a nice wheat grinder — a present that I really benefit from because she makes an awesome wheat bread! We also both purchased smart phones from Costco (Samsung Galaxy S 4G – free phones but now have to pay for data on our cell plans) in the last month. Finally, we also purchased Photoshop Elements from Costco for $50. It’s been a pretty fun month despite the fact that we didn’t really open many presents from each other on Christmas morning.
The video below is the present opening — 66 minutes of presents condensed into 35 seconds.