Christmas 2012

Christmas was really nice this year. That's saying something because we've had years when it wasn't, when the only thing we had to give one another was our love and togetherness. We still have, and give, that to one another, too, don't get me wrong, but it's nice to be able to share the year's prosperity, too. And that's exactly what we did this year. We shared in our great year with one another, and with our family and friends, and it felt really nice. I love to gift, it makes my heart happy.

So, for Christmas this year, Matt and I just stayed home together. It was really, really cold (finally), so venturing out was just not in the cards. It started to thunder and rain in the middle of the night,  carrying on through the early morning, which caused Anakin to freak and caused me to not get enough sleep. Poor dog is just plain afraid of storms, so when he burrowed his way behind the recliner chair in the bedroom, I knew a storm was brewing. Not long after that, the thunder came. As bad as I felt for him, I didn't get up to check on him because I'd gone to bed with a terrible tummy ache the night before--on Christmas Eve--and because it wouldn't have done much good.

For food we had  a small ham, Stouffer's green bean casserole (Matt says he likes it better than my homemade), Stouffer's potatoes with cheese, cranberry Stove Top stuffing, and I made a pink salad (I'll have to share the recipe some time). We had gone to the Wal-Mart to get the food on Christmas Eve so we could stay in on Christmas day. That was a little bit crazy, but not nearly as much as I thought it would be given that it was the day before Christmas. We got out fairly quickly, my Christmas spirit unscathed by the nastiness there. People can be downright ugly when they're in a hurry. I mean, it's Christmas folks, try to cheer up!

We exchanged gifts with one another, and with our babies, on Christmas Eve because neither of us are good at waiting. We figured we had waited long enough, besides, lots of people exchange gifts on Christmas Eve. As usual, Matt did amazing this year! He's really a good gifter, in that I'm blessed. I don't have to tell him what I want, he knows because he listens to me. He's amazing.

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The first image is stocking stuffers. All the candies are sugar-free, the ear buds are Monster High, the Blistex are fruit smoothie flavors, and the booties are crazy soft and comfy. Two is Draculaura, a Monster High doll. Three is the diamond watch Matt got me, it's what was in the gold box with the red bow. It's a Citizen Eco Drive and it is really beautiful! Also, he gave it to me on Thanksgiving, so I've had it a while--I even took it to get some links out so it fits perfect. Four is Fancy Love by Jessica Simpson. Matt and I argue about perfume, but it seems like he finally found one we can both agree on because it smells amazing. Five is dice. Six is Mario for Wii.

I'd say he did, in fact, win Christmas this year. . . again. The only thing that saved me is that I got him an iPad2 with a smart case, A Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, two Metallica DVD's, a TMNT box set, a bubbling foot bath, two sets of dice, a Star Wars Boba Fett mug, and a craftsman tool box for his dice. For his stocking, I did something similar to this man bouquet, except I used a stocking, instead of a flour pot. I wish I'd taken a picture, it came out awesome and he was impressed. He's not easy to impress, so I was really pleased. Hmm, I'm thinking that maybe we broke even, actually. Perhaps neither of us won Christmas this year after all.

Today, I took everything down. We usually leave everything up until after the new year, but I was just ready for it to go away. We got ourselves a 32" HDTV at Black Friday and it was, until earlier today, just sitting in the box in the living room. I wanted to put it up, on a table, where the Christmas tree was. So, I took the tree down, boxed everything up, and put the TV up so we could plug the Wii into it. Now, we can watch Netflix and play video games, or each of us can play games at the same time! We're thinking we may invest in a Blu Ray player for that TV, too, because the Wii can't play either DVDs or Blu Ray disks.

All in all, everything went down much faster than I expected it to. I usually dread taking Christmas apart because it can be a chore and it's not as fun as putting it together. This year, it took me less than an hour to untrim the tree.

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Bye bye pretty, sparkly, Christmas decorations. I'll see you again next year. I figured it was fair to take them down early this year because we had put them up the week before Thanksgiving. Up a week early, down a week early. It works. Of course, dust went flying everywhere and kicked up our allergies  but it's better to get it down and put away rather than sitting there continuing to make us sneeze. There's just no good way to dust a Christmas tree!

Besides, out with Christmas and in with the coming new year! I'm looking forward to starting 2013 on the best possible foot--though that could be the fluoxetine talking--so getting Christmas put away seemed like a good start. Bring it on 2013, I'm ready. . . even if I do turn 35 this coming year. Ooh, and Matt and I celebrate our super lucky 13th anniversary. 2013 is going to be awesome.

So, wherever you are and whatever you're doing this holiday season, I hope yours has been filled with blessings and joy. I hope your Christmas was amazing and that you have a very, totally, completely happy New Year!

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