That Christmas special was fantastic. I love ending Christmas day with Doctor Who.
I discovered upon opening my gifts today that my parents’ method of Christmas shopping is buying things and then showing me those things while we’re out shopping together to see if I like them. 90% of the time I don’t, and then I open the gifts and they say “sorry, we bought that before we knew you didn’t wear/use/whatever that thing.” They don’t seem to understand that I appreciate the gifts no matter what, and will use them no matter what.
- my parents staying awake to watch Doctor Who with me even though they were both exhausted from the family party
- kindle fire
- circle scarf
- oven pot (slow-cooked veg french onion soup, here I come!)
- Tegan & Sara’s Get Along
- mad sweater tights
- a hammered metal bracelet
- a collection of mini alcohol bottles, all different kinds, about 20 of them—courtesy of the family gift exchange, my dad snagged it for me
- two bottles of wine and a bottle of olive oil, keeping the olive oil and giving my mom the wine—courtesy of the family gift exchange
- cheese grater—courtesy of the family gift exchange, mom snagged it for me
Christmas was really small this year. About 25 people, maybe 30, but that’s tiny for us. Katie and her family couldn’t make it because of car trouble, Steve and his family stayed in Washington, et cetera. We skyped with Steve & Holli & their kids, which was cute. Kim (almost 20) brought her boyfriend, which I feel like shouldn’t happen until you’re engaged, but he’s a nice guy and he’s been around for a few years. Alexis (19) IS engaged, but her fiance is a Marine and currently stationed in Bahrain. Stacey (29) was rather disturbed by this because she is single, but I told her I admired that she put her career first—she’s a lawyer with her own business and she isn’t even 30, she doesn’t need a husband right now.
The gift game was great this year, though the pickings were a little lackluster. Too many sets of lotto cards, which I don’t care about at all. The funniest one was the one my dad brought: gummies soaked in everclear, hilariously disgusting. I made an alliance with my dad so he could snag the mini bottles if they got stolen from me (they did, he did) and then got the wine for myself for the sole purpose of getting the olive oil that came with them. I’m collecting kitchen things, obviously.
Excellent holiday. Great times with a great family.