“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”-Dr. Suess
The turkey of Thanksgiving has been eaten, and the gifts of Christmas have all been unwrapped. Little kids have been overjoyed and in some unfortunate cases let down due to too many articles of clothes. I know this feeling all too well (HAHA). The last of the great trifecta being New Year’s Eve and with it comes the dream of champagne, confetti, parties with friends and that ever-looming midnight kiss, signaling the start of a New Year. I won’t get ahead of myself though since there are still 4 more nights before that shindig.
How was Christmas for everyone? I have been fortunate enough to have friends everywhere across the US. that check in with me and I with them. I heard every story from your National Lampoon holiday chaos, to visiting a new place overseas for the experience of something new and exciting. I for one had a bit of a different Christmas this year. I grew up, as most know, with 3 sisters. Two of them now have their own families, with one of them living in Dallas, TX. The other bailed Christmas day to go skiing with her husband’s family in New Mexico. Thus, leaving my youngest, Sarah and myself with my parents. Oh, and Sarah brought her puppy, Winston with her. He’s not as distinguished as the Prime Minister of the UK during World War II, and has far more hair. What did we do you ask? I shall tell you. We did a whole lot of nothing… Just kidding! We had our typical Christmas Eve candlelight service, which is my favorite part of the holiday since it is the only time nowadays that the true reason for this time of year is put into perspective. After that we went back to my folk’s house, where I grilled 11 pounds of prime beef tenderloin. Yes, it was amazing and I have been eating on it for 3 days now. Once dinner had finished and dishes were cleaned and put away, we moved into the living room and all circled up around the Christmas tree and exchanged gifts. This year I received my gift early due to the necessity of it. That though didn’t take away from the joy I experienced in giving gifts. Giving gifts is one situation that has never failed to disappoint. The giving of gifts and the overwhelming excitement I receive when the person sees what awesome thing lies beneath the beautiful wrapping paper is a memory branded on my mind for life. That is true fulfillment, if ever there was!
Then comes Christmas morning! The much-anticipated morning full of the magic of Santa Claus and stockings full of gifts and surprises. Well, either Santa felt I needed to check my diet or just ran out by the time he reached my folk’s house, I was left with 3 mandarin oranges and a gift card to the local movie theater. Before you judge Santa, remember I find 1000x more joy in being that fantastical character myself. I have plenty to be thankful for because of the goodness of my parents and Santa knows this.
Anyways we progress forward to the Christmas lunch. Everyone in the family gathered around a big table with platters and dishes full of your holiday favorites and a big honey ham. NOPE, not this American family, we headed out to the Big Texan. Amarillo’s premier steak house, home of the free 72 oz. steak, that is if you eat all of it! I have a hard time dogging the place since they do offer the best holiday buffet known to the world, and we were gathered around a big table with 25 other families. The ideal holiday dream scenario. Later that evening we gathered at my grandmother’s house to exchange gifts with some extended family and consume more sweet desserts.
I haven’t forgotten about our original yet most certainly overused title among those writing about the holidays. The hangover from the holidays is just in its headache phase. We won’t be full blown until January 1st, and probably for a lot of folks there will be the emotional and physical symptoms of a true hangover. Let’s try and avoid the latter of the two, just for health and lower risk of bad ideas haha. So, gather your friends, family and a good bottle of Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juice in preparation for another stellar year coming to an end.
Look forward with anticipation to all that 2017 will usher in and find joy. You are in America, you are blessed, and if you have a bit of a headache from the holidays, naproxen sodium ought to Aleve some of those symptoms(some of you will see the puniness to that last statement soon).
“New Years Eve. The evening of little miracles. Peel away the exploding fireworks, roaring countdowns and ridiculous resolutions and what you are left with is hope. Small human hope. The hope of better days, fresh starts and perhaps, if you are very lucky, a kiss.”-Beau Taplin
Blessings to all in the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. Get outdoors and enjoy some sunlight with the ones you love!!!
Love the outdoors. Love people. Live generously.