What a fantastic Christmas! I only asked for one thing (the Murnau, Borzage, and Fox box set). I got it, but my mom has this guilt thing where if there aren’t a lot of presents under the tree, she thinks she’s a bad mother. So she bought a lot of other stuff. I got the beautiful Cinemania 2009 calendar. A penguin stuffed animal to add to the millions of tiny stuffed animals that cover my desk. Some Jolly Rancher lip gloss (which is pretty cool, but apparently mom thinks I’m still 12). $25 of Regal Theaters gift cards. Candy (love, love, love Jelly Bellys). Pajamas (adorable pink ones with penguins all over). A few rings. A watch (a brown one, to go with my brown clothes, of which I have a lot. I’ve been wanting a brown watch for a long time). An electric blanket (which is amazing to have, especially when I wake up in the morning). And electric ice scraper for my car (I love it. When we had the ice storm, it took me nearly an hour to scrape the ice off, so this is a wonderful thoughtful gift. And my brother got me season 4 of Lost, which is spectacular.
I love Christmas. We always do a tiny Christmas Eve thing when my uncle and my parents’ best friend comes over, and we just hang out and talk. We’re one of those families that gets up at 7am to open presents. I didn’t take my sleeping medication until 1 am last night, when out guests left, so when my mom came to wake me up at 7 it was so hard to wake up.
Pretty soon we’re going to head over to my brother’s apartment for Christmas dinner with them and his wife’s mother and brother. I love seeing everyone, but I kind of don’t want to go the apartment because we just spent five days there when our power was out.
But we got the best Christmas gift of all when our power was restored on Tuesday. As soon as I got out of work, my mom and I loaded up the car and brought all our stuff home. It’s amazing how much crap we brought to that little apartment. The whole back seat and the trunk was filled with our crap. We spent Tuesday night putting the house back together so we could have our holiday festivites. And my cats did not freeze to death.
I have Christmas with Grandma on Sunday, so I’ll get a few more gifts. And I usually get money from other family members (and I already got ten from my grandpa and step-grandma). So, YAY!, I’ll have money to order those two Richard Widmark movies I couldn’t find (Night and the City and Don’t Bother to Knock).
This was just an amazing Christmas. Anybody else get some awesome gifts and have Christmas fun with the family?