A Writer's Journey

December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Filed under: Announcements — mackenziew @ 12:00 am
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It’s December the 25th! Now, I’ve written this a few days ago and scheduled it to post now. So, depending when you’re reading this, I am:

A) Doing last minute wrapping.

B) Sleeping

C) Opening presents

D) Eating breakfast/Watching the Disney Christmas Parade

E) At my grandmother’s/eating dinner

F) Watching the Doctor Who Christmas Special

So, Merry Christmas! I hope the day was filled with presents, food and merrymaking.

As this is my blog, I would like to share our Christmas traditions with you. On Christmas Eve, we usually go out to eat. Sometimes it’s to our favorite Italian restaurant, one year it was to MacDonald’s and this year, it was to a family friend’s. We always go to their house, but that’s usually for dessert. Which is after Mass at 6PM. Our church’s 4PM Mass is very crowded and the later Mass has more room. We’ve gone for years. And as mentioned, we got to our family friend’s afterwards. We exchange presents, have dessert and share some laughs. They usually attend Midnight Mass, so we’re home by about 10:30PM. We climb into my parents’ bed and my dad read “A Visit from St. Nick.”

The next morning, we wake up and congregate around the tree. We get various drinks and stake our claim somewhere on the couches. My sister, though, usually takes a spot on the floor by the tree. She passes out the presents, sorting out the ones that are for us and ones that will be transported to my grandmother’s. We open our presents, pausing to watch each other so we can see our faces. After all the big presents are opened, we then turn to our stockings. We open the little gifts in there and turn to scratching off our lottery tickets.

After we learn if we have won or not, we then eat breakfast while watching the Disney World Christmas Parade. Sometimes it’s pancakes, sometimes it’s waffles. When we finish, we change clothes and start to open some of our new items. Around 2 or 3, we pack up the presents going to my grandmother’s and load them in the car. We also pack up other things needed for Christmas at her house and then drive the five minutes to it.

We celebrate with my mother’s family. Open presents, try to wrestle the remote away from the men so we don’t end up watching sports the entire night, eat and be merry. Then we eat cake and cookies, clean up and bid each other a farewell. And then we come home to continue playing with our new toys!

I know not all of you reading may be celebrating Christmas. Some of you may be in the middle of Hanukkah. Or whatever you celebrate around now. So…

Merry Christmas!

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Kwanza!

Joyful Winter Solstice!

And a happy Festivus for the rest of us!

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