I didn’t take any pictures on Thanksgiving Day.
We had 2.8 beautiful meals on the big day and several more the rest of the week, played corn-hole like champions, rummaged our parents’ garages for tools to “chop wood” so we could build fires and make s’mores. It was, honestly, wonderful. I’ve always been one to say “oh, we are too [fill in the blank] to have those picture-perfect holidays like you see in the movies,” and to be honest, we are, but it was about as great as I could have imagined.
I took a few pictures on Friday afternoon when I went with H’s family to choose a Christmas tree. We have a few glamour shots (see below) but, weirdly, I never got a photo of the tree we chose, other than a quick snapshot of H and his dad carrying the tree to the car. In case you are wondering, the men in our family carry chopped-down-Christmas-trees like the men in the mafia carry dead bodies: one at the head and another at the feet.
The drive back was slow due to traffic, but happily uneventful, and we are back in DC working all day and, unfortunately for H, doing a lot of homework at night. I’ve ordered a few more Christmas gifts that should be arriving soon, and am very excited to be entering prime J-O-Y territory and hope that I can keep the Christmas spirit going even if we hit a few rough patches along the way.
I spent the evening getting the
house apartment ready for decorating, which will probably happen on Friday evening while H is at the UT-Georgetown basketball game. I mean, I can save a few ornaments for him to place on the tree when he gets in, but is H interested in my obsessive-compulsive approach to hiding the cords between the light bulbs in the Christmas tree branches? Not at all. [You do understand, don't you, that Christmas tree lights should look like they are growing right out of the tree, and that the women in my family will stop at N-O-T-H-I-N-G to ensure that everyone believes God miraculously placed glowing lights in our holiday decorations, no electricity required.]
It has been a tumultuous but quite lovely year thus far. Here’s to finishing it out with a bang, and showing those Mayans who knows what about calendaring.