Thursday, December 26, 2013

So, This is Christmas.

Merry Christmas, everyone!  I hope everyone had a great day!  

I may have had a couple of mimosas (I finished the bottle of champagne on my own) but I did a lot of thinking today, and this is the result! 

I have always been a little bit of a nerd for Christmas.  I get so excited for it and ultimately, Christmas isn't that big of a deal.  I sleep at my parents' house, open presents (and feel uncomfortable about it) and eat an early dinner with my family and then sit on the couch all day long watching Christmas movies.  This year was exactly the same as it has been for the past ten years of my life.  

But, I'm going to bed pretty happy.  (Reminder:  ENTIRE BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE.)

Christmas is never going to be the same as when we were all kids.  I'll never believe in Santa again.  I'll never covet gifts that will bring me happiness... because let's face it, no iPad or Apple product is ever going to bring me as much joy as an American Girl doll or Tickle Me Elmo.  I appreciate them and they're practical for everyday use, but still... it will never bring me as much as excitement as when I was a kid and wished for something and wrote out a list and got what was on that list.  Now, I also have that whole guilt thing.  I don't feel like I deserve anything at all!  

But today was nice.  I spent the day with my family.  I woke up and watched A Muppet Christmas Carol and various parts of A Christmas Story and Cinderella (the Brandy version).  I stayed in my pj's all day.  I had nowhere to be.  I drove to Mendon to pick up Beau blasting Spice Girls the whole way!  I watched old Christmas episodes of "SNL" while snuggling with Beau's dog on his couch... and Beau.  But mostly the dog.  I drank a bunch of mimosas (seriously... the whole bottle) and watched "How I Met Your Mother" and had a nice end to the night. 

The truth is that Christmas may never be the same as when we were kids, but now that we're getting older, it's time to create new traditions.  My sister and I going shopping every year on Christmas Eve.  My mom and I have gone shopping in Downtown Boston for the past two years and she lets me pick out my gifts (which is anti-climactic, but at least I know I'm going to enjoy it!)  I drink mimosas and watch all the Christmas movies I can... It's A Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol on Thanksgiving, Elf almost all the time.  I got together with my best friends from Everett and made gingerbread houses and had appetizers and watched a movie.  On Thanksgiving, Beau and I watched Harry Potter movies!  We have our whole life to celebrate Christmas - why waste it being bothered that it's not like how it used to be.  Let's take this opportunity to make new traditions!  

This has been a great Christmas season.  I got to hang out with friends who don't live in the city anymore - including a whole day with Casey!  Hi Casey!  I got to hang out with my family!  I got myself a real tree for the first time.  And in the beginning of the year, I'm moving to a new state and starting a whole new life.  

So even if it's not what it used to be... it's still the most wonderful time of the year. 

... and end corny blog post!  

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