merry xmas, in person

Last year I celebrated Xmas with the family via Skype from Austin. Getting to do it in person took some of the edge off my apathetic response towards this particular holiday. Despite everyone having to keep a tight pocketbook this year everyone received gifts they wanted/needed. The littlest one in this family made off with the biggest and funnest haul. His excitement and smiles made it all worth it. 

Yesterday is/was my father's birthday as well. The grandkids took him out for a birthday lunch of Korean BBQ to celebrate, and the adults (us) made him a delicious diabetic safe Xmas dinner. We ate our fill, waited an hour, and then went back for second dinner.

Growing up with a Peruvian mom, we celebrated Xmas a little differently. A huge Xmas dinner is prepared and later consumed on night of the 24th. We stay up til the clock strikes midnight where we wish each other a Merry Christmas and the gift unwrapping begins. The only gifts opened on Christmas morning are the ones Santa delivered while everyone was asleep. This is actually a lot more different than they way she did it growing up. Mom adapted it after immigrating here to fit in better with Xmas here. After all was said and done, we were thoroughly stuffed but happy.

Merry Christmas to you and your families!

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