It was a good Christmas. I don't know if it's because there are kids now, or we're all just getting along better, but I'm coming to really enjoy these days hanging out with the family. I can sit and talk with Belle's husband Stephen without feeling weird or out of place (or like he's a big know-it-all); of course, I think that sort of changed when we learned that he used to be a big D&D geek. Aha! Anyway, had a delightful day. Barb's Mom (Mom II to me) got me a wall-mounted earring rack, exactly what I wanted and needed desperately, which means when I put on earrings in the morning, I don't have to fish for a half-hour looking for the mate to the one I've chosen in the box I used to keep them all in. She also gifted me with a wonderful candy thermometer, which means I'll have to make some more fudge just to try it out. Maybe even something harder, like brittle or something.
Belle and Stephen got me some CDs off my wish list (Waylon Jennings' Honky Tonk Heroes, The Essential Carl Smith, and Harvest by Neil Young), and Belle gave me a bottle of the Syncline dessert wine (late harvest Chenin Blanc) I love so. From my own Mom I got a t-shirt (kinda pink, which is weird for me, with a sparkly fish on it--I guess Mom still dreams that I'm a girl, and hey, I like sparklies) and some cut-glass dishes, and her roommate sent us a very nice porcelain chopstick set with sauce dishes and chopstick rests. I know what Barb got me ('cause I was there to try it on), but I get to open it on New Year's when sillymagpie is over for our turkey dinner annual celebration.
I do wish we had more people to come over for said celebration. So many friends have dropped off over the years, or moved away, or live in other states. The only sad mote in my eye, though. I enjoy this week with a passion. Of course, I always take vacation the week between Christmas and New Year's, so there's that, too.
Now we're debating whether to go out to the sales today, or not. It's a tough choice. But today I hope to get some more writing done, either way, and perhaps actually watch the Midnight Mass I recorded the other night because I couldn't stay awake any longer.