Hello, dear readers! Thank you for taking time out during this very busy season to stop by and chat a little with me. I hope whatever your culture or beliefs I hope your celebrations are warm, happy, and filled with people you love and food you enjoy. I hope your preparations weren’t stressful and if they were, I hope you will join me in raising a glass of ‘nog and toasting to a whole year free from crowded stores and the pressure of making everything just perfect.
I love the warmth of Christmas. I love the family, the food, and I love giving and receiving gifts, but the pressure can Be a bit much. The pressure to spend enough, to buy the perfect thing, and to pretend to be happy even while you are tearing your hair out. I used to think my family was dysfunctional but now I understand, it is rare that a person can make it through this time of year without losing their shit at least once. Right?
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the best part of the holiday was Christmas Eve. My girlfriend and I spent it entirely at home, just the two of us.
We made breakfast tacos with egg, bacon, and chipotle peppers and adobo sauce, then we watched Elf. We ate almost all day picking at sweets and scraps from pies and dips we were preparing for the next day. For dinner, we made a steam pot dinner with sausage, shrimp, crab legs, potatoes, and corn. We watched Nightmare Before Christmas and A Christmas Story, and for dessert, there was a sugar cream pie I’d made in the morning and spiced rum eggnog.
We bought the dog gifts of course, and we wrapped gifts for our family too. We cleaned the house (The best Christmas gift I could have asked for!) and just enjoyed each others company.
If it weren’t for that woman, I wouldn’t know how to enjoy Christmas at all. She really makes it something special for me. She makes it a holiday worth celebrating.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that since I am not religious and I don’t have kids, I’ve decided that instead of Jesus or Santa, I am celebrating the life of Sir Issac Newton!
Yes, if you didn’t already know, the man who formed the laws of motion and gravitation and invented calculus was also born on December 25th in the year 1642. On this day, let us remember his dedication and contribution to the fields of mathematics, physics, and optics. I don’t know of anyone else who advanced humanity more in a single lifetime. The man’s brain was incredible, and his work ethic seems nearly unmatched.
Raise a glass today to a new symbol of the season, Sir Issac Newton!
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that gift wise I made out pretty well. I got a few gift cards, which I always appreciate, and a set of nice dip pens and inks and the biggest leather-bound journal I have ever seen! This thing has to be about half my height. I’ll post pics over on my Instagram as soon as I can. You have to see this thing! It’s pretty awesome.
I got a few small things too including a neat octopus tea infuser and plenty of my favorite kinds of “old people candy.”
I haven’t been able to give all of my gifts out yet, so I won’t list them for you, but I am confident that I did well. The best part of Christmas is seeing people’s faces when they see what you buy them. The gifts you get people show them what you know about them, what you think of them, and what you hope they can use in their future. It’s a lovely thing.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that as much as I enjoy talking to you, and as much as I have missed you too, I do have to go. We’re at my girlfriend’s parent’s home, and there is so much left to cook. I should go help I am sure. Then again, I might go hang out with her little brother who is enjoying his brand new NES Classic Edition and giving me intense nostalgic feelings.
I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday. I hope you aren’t too stressed. I hope you gave and received everything you hoped for. I hope your families are well and that you are surrounded by love. If not, I hope you find time to care for yourself too. I love you all, I really do.
Until next time :)
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