And to All a Good Night
So I let him off the hook this year. Instead of worrying about gifts for each other, we bought presents for a Salvation Army Angel Tree kid, for our nieces and nephews, for our parents and siblings. Of course, we'll receive plenty of presents in return - there's rumored to be some home improvement gadgetry under the tree at my parents' house!
We're spending tonight and tomorrow at my parents' house, and Monday night is the final Christmas gathering of the season, with Darwin's mom's side of the family.
I'm a little sad that I won't be home next to my own lovingly decorated tree on Christmas morning. The last three years, we had such fun watching the cats pounce and slide on the wrapping paper. Last year, one of them pulled down his stocking and broke the stocking holder (not to mention putting a small gouge in the floor).
Ah well, it'll be fun with my family, too. Our tradition is to open one present on Christmas Eve (in the old days, it was usually a pair of Christmas pajamas that we wore that night and in the morning while we opened presents). Mom stuffs our stockings full of goodies, and if you're lucky you'll forget all about it until the last present is opened. Just when you think you're finished, you'll have a whole stocking to plow through.
I've been trying to talk Darwin into bringing the cats with us this year. But there's one dog that harasses them wanting to play and one dog that, if she ran inside, would likely murder them in an instant. So it's probably not the best idea. Still, I hate leaving them alone on Christmas. They don't know it's Christmas, but I do.
I wanted to buy them one of these, but dry clean only for a pet sweater? I don't think so.
Anyway, happy holidays to all! I'll be back on Tuesday.