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Had Ourselves A Merry Little Christmas

December 26th, 2008 (03:29 pm)

current mood: satisfied

It was an unusually quiet Christmas for us, but a pleasant one, with just the three of us celebrating together this year. Usually we get together with my mother and other relatives at my cousin's house for Christmas dinner. But my mother is visiting my sister in New Hampshire. And my cousin had in-laws arriving the following day (today) and decided not to host a family gathering on Christmas Day.
We don't have enough room in our little house to invite the whole gang here for a holiday dinner, so we considered hosting a gathering on Christmas Eve day, maybe a buffet brunch for some of the relatives. But then my husband had an abscessed tooth that had to be extracted, and the only appointment he could get was on the morning of Christmas Eve. Suddenly, company (and cooking a big meal) didn't seem like such a good idea. So we had a quiet day at home on Christmas Eve, post-extraction. Bob was on painkillers, and could have only liquids for the first few hours, and only soft foods after that, with nothing hot.

He was feeling a lot better on Christmas Day, though he still had to be careful about what he ate. Our six-year-old woke us early, and we made him wait until 7 a.m. before we headed downstairs to see what Santa had brought him. He had few specific expectations for presents. He doesn't watch commercial kids' television so he has missed the ads for all the latest toys that flash lights, emit obnoxious beeps, and/or shoot at each other. Yay, PBS. In fact, the only gift he had specifically mentioned was a particular book of Northern Virginia road maps that he'd been coveting for months. I don't call him my Eccentric Genius Child for nothing. Of course, he received that, as well as a set of foam bowling pins and ball, a huge assortment of Lincoln Logs, various books and DVDs, a kit for conducting age-appropriate experiments with electricity, two new Hot Wheels cars for his collection, a puzzle, a Scrabble-like game packaged in a pouch shaped like a banana, and a kid-friendly set of technical drawing instruments. It was fun to watch him; he was so thrilled all morning that he even seemed excited to open two packages of underwear! He's still wildly happy about all his new stuff.

Last night we had a (reasonably soft) dinner with champagne, and I even made pies for dessert. Homemade crusts and everything. Really.

Today we visited my grandfather, who lives in a home for Alzheimer's patients. It's a sad place, but he was in pretty good spirits and was obviously pleased to see us. I'm not sure he completely remembered that yesterday was Christmas. Afterward, we went out to lunch, and now we're having a lazy afternoon at home and planning a lazy weekend.

Happy Kwanzaa.