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What did YOU get for Christmas

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2008 6:31 am    Post subject: What did YOU get for Christmas Reply with quote

Despite the commercialism that has all but usurped the real meaning of Christmas, I never forget the gift of salvation, forgiveness, mercy, peace, and grace as a result of my Heavenly Father's gift of Himself in human forum as a real, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice as absolution for the sins of mankind. Whatever your traditions this time of year may be, I hope Christians, at least, acknowledge this Gift of Christ.

My tradition begins on Christmas morning. I wake early as usual and light all the candles in the house. This results in a "loo loo loo" moment. (The "loo loo loo" comes from the A Charlie Brown Chrismas. Specifically the part in which the kids 'get it' and begin humming, loo loo loo, the the melody of "Hark the Herald Angels Sing"). Then my wife wakes up and basks in the "loo loo loo" moment with me. This is followed by poking fun at the pathetic Christmas special on KXAS that features b-list celebrities singing Christmas songs. Just prior to the point of nausea, we change the channel to something benign like CNN. We watch about 30 minutes of this while we enjoy our first cup of coffee. Then we have a small stocking gift exchange which entails fun to open, often silly, gifts and candy. "Santa" brought us Gears of War 2 for the XBox 360. Then, the dogs receive their gifts (bones).

Around noon, we go to my parents home. We have a peaceful, orderly, gift exchange, in which we sit in a circle and, one-at-a-time, we each open one gift. This method allows everyone to see what was opened. We love it this way because it draws it out.

I received from my parents, cash! My nephew got me a Wal-Mart gift card that I've already cashed in for The Dark Knight on Blu-ray. My brother and sister-in-law and their kids, got me a hunter green bath mat set. My current set was worn out and I searched all over for hunter green to continue with the theme of my restroom, but apparently this color is not as popular as it used to be. My sister gave me Kill Bill volumes 1 & 2 on Blu-ray. Awesome picture quality and an awesome movie!

Following the gift exchange, my family has a tradition of an awesome seafood dinner courtesy of my Mom. She works hard on this meal, and it shows. It's truly an all-you-can-eat buffet.

This year, we started a little earlier in the day with our gift exchange. This meant the meal was a little earlier, lending more time afterwards to just sit around and talk. That was nice, and I suspect, we'll continue with that tradition. And now, as for the gift for myself? Time off from work to spend at home with my wife...

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2008 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I don't have to work on Christmas Eve, I wait until it gets dark and I usually watch The Passion Of The Christ. Not exactly a "Christmas" movie, I agree, but I still feel the need to watch it. Alone. Lights off.

Then I follow up with A Muppet Christmas Carol and Elf...Two of my favorite movies ever. I may add Fred Claus to my list next year. I have a couple of candles burning. They are usually Christmas pine and baked apple pie. If I'm still not sleeping, I'll search the TV for sitcoms that are featuring their Christmas episodes.

In the morning, Mackey comes over and opens his "santa" gifts. This time Crystal came along and opened hers too. This is the first year that Mackey has actually had money to buy me a gift. I got a pretty little pendant with a rose engraved on it and "Mom" written on it. Crystal got me a cute little picture stand in the shape of a cat.

There's always a fair amount of stress at Christmas because Mom wants the food to be cooked perfectly and though she's always afraid it won't turn out right, it does. Personally, I don't think it's worth the stress. I LOVE the seafood. I really do, but I'd be just as happy with hamburgers or whatever. I just enjoy being able to be with my family for a while. I think we're one of the few families that don't have "issues" with each other and we all get along well.

So what did I get for Christmas? Neat stuff...

Monty and Tina (and kids) gave me The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star, written by Nikki Sixx. Definitely not light reading, but very hard to put down. I know it's common knowledge that many/most rock stars are doing drugs, but wow. I really don't understand how any of them live longer than a few months.

From Matt and Genie I got Nip/Tuck - Seasons 1 and 3. Whoo! I cannot wait to start watching these. I didn't get into N/T until around the 3rd season. I would watch it from time to time, but didn't always pay attention. And I never saw season one at all, so this will be fun! I'm waiting until after New Years to watch it. I have six days off after the first and plan to vegetate and enjoy every sick twisted plotline. *G*

Cash from the 'rents. Needed it. Love it. They do spend too much and protest every year that we won't get so much next year, but really...they don't need to spend so much. But it is appreciated.

The dinner was delicious despite a small "tragedy" with the oyster chowder. I managed to escape with a large bowl of the poblano corn chowder and have enjoyed every bite. Yum!
"You ain't really livin' when you live life by the text.
You ain't makin' music when you know what note is next.
Have some faith."
Scott Leonard
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