Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas eve!

Tomorrow's Christmas. Christmas Day, that is; this is maybe the only two-day holiday in existence (unless you count the Thanksgiving/Black Friday dyad as a two-day event). Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are both part of the same holiday, and both of equal importance. At least that's how it works for us. On Christmas Eve we traditionally spend the afternoon with my parents and siblings, and in the evening we have our little Christmas party. Our record attendance was around twenty-five; this year will be closer to a dozen. A lot of our regular attendees aren't coming this year. A larger number than usual are travelling out of town for the holidays. Just a few friends and a few family members, those who don't have a Christmas tradition of their own to interfere with our cool Glover/Mountjoy party.

Christmas Day Laura and I spend together. We generally sleep in, then have highly leisurely coffee and breakfast, then open our gifts to each other. We take our time, and are generally done with the opening around noon. Then we spend a relaxing day together and have a nice dinner. We call a few friends to extend holiday greetings, we chat with family on the phone, and we take it easy for an entire day. It's the ideal low-stress way to spend a holiday. If I don't post anything tomorrow, it's because I'm too busy taking it easy.

In the meantime, best wishes from Laura and me. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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