To each and everyone I want to wish a happy, wonderful, joyous and merry Christmas! It is a wonderful day and I hope that each and every person who reads this has been able to be with their family, friends and loved ones on this day.
Christmas is such a quiet and peaceful day. It is the one day each year in which much of world seems to slow down and even stop for a little bit. Most stores are closed, there seems to be less traffic on the streets and there is just a slow, low key aspect to this day. I hope the peace and quiet of this day has been part of everyone's day!
For us it has been a great day. We hosted a Christmas Eve get together last night that was a lot of fun. We had some excellent food, numerous bottles of wine and vodka were drunk and several rousing rounds of the game "Apples to Apples" were played. We kept things going rather late and when the time came for everyone to go home, I think a good time had been had by all. It was certainly the most lively Christmas Eve this house has seen since 2005!
Today has been much quieter with only Zack, Nancy and me here. We exchanged gifts as soon as we awoke and have just taken the time to hang out together and enjoy each others company. A big change from prior years was the time we arose. You can definitely tell that Zack is now officially a teenager as he didn't get out of bed until 9:00AM! I could have slept until noon I am sure as I stayed up late cleaning up the house after our Christmas Eve gathering and then started the work to wrap Christmas presents at 1:00AM. Sleep didn't come for me until 3:00AM, so perhaps a nap is in order this afternoon.
Right now Zack and I are sharing some time together in the comfort of the warm basement. There's a delightful fire burning in the fireplace so we are warm and cozy. Zack is going back and forth between watching some TV and exploring all the features of his new laptop. As he is going into high school in the 2013/2014 school year I felt it was time for him to have his own laptop. This was his major gift for Christmas.
A little later today the three of us will head over to my brother's house for Christmas dinner. We'll hang out there for much of the late afternoon and early evening. Once I get Zack and Nancy back home, I'll head over to Lisa's house to spend the rest of the evening hanging out with her and her sons.
All-in-all this is the best Christmas that we have had in many years. The best part of it has been spending the time with those who I love.
I really hope that everyone has been able to experience the warmth and joy of being with their loved ones on this wonderful day.
Merry Christmas! ~ J.