Now, That Is Odd

Christmas was strange this year, at least for the boys and me.  Not bad at all, just…different.

Leading up to this Christmas, I had trouble getting into the spirit.  These last few years I haven’t felt my usual, “YAY for Christmas!” self.  It wasn’t that I wasn’t glad it was coming, or that I felt miserable, it was more a lack of excitement, and there was no fudge made, no divinity (when I was married, I would bake/cook up a storm between Thanksgiving and Christmas).  I’ve pretty much just been relishing the fact that I don’t have homework to do or papers to write, and that I’ve been able to sleep late and get lost in the newest Stephen King novel.

Christmas Eve, which is usually spent having a sort-of big dinner with my parents and step-brothers, ended up being quiet, with just us and the parents having BLTs for dinner.  Not exactly Christmas-y, but delicious nonetheless.  The boys were allowed to open one of their presents from under the tree, and Little J and I watched a few holiday episodes of shows on Nickelodeon (Big J is just too cool for that sort of thing anymore) before bed.  Once they were tucked in, I put my Santa hat on and arranged their stockings, then went to bed and watched some episodes of Six Feet Under.  (This is a great show, by the by.  Oh!  The characters are wonderful!) 

We got up at 7, which is super early when you don’t fall asleep until 2, and opened presents.  The boys both loved their Santa gifts (video games), and seemed to like their gifts from my parents and me.  I got some pretty sweaters and boots, and my dad sent us some gift cards – mine will go towards us doing some fun stuff over break. 🙂  They played their new games while I read…King has the ability to completely suck me in, and my parents and step-brothers made the drive to my step-grandparents house a few hours away.  We had the house to ourselves, and that in itself was a great gift.  We pretty much just hung out all morning, and had a small lunch of ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and veggies (everything was leftovers but the stuffing), and took a nap. 

When we woke up, we made all of our calls and decided to go to the movies.  Never having gone to the movies on Christmas day, I naively said “Sure!  That’s a great idea!”  Oh, me.  I looked up the times for the Chipmunks movie, and decided we’d go to the theater in Michigan because it’s super cheap.  We got there right before the movie was supposed to start, and had to drive all over looking for parking – not a good sign.  The show was sold out, and we had just driven 30 minutes to find that out.  Wah, wah.  We checked the other theater in our town, and the next show was in 30 minutes, followed by another in an hour and a half.  Okay.  So we drove home, waiting a bit, then headed to our local, more expensive theater.  We did make it in time for the show!  We ended up eating dinner from McDonald’s, which was really weird to me, but Little J said he liked it as opposed to the usual big dinner (weird, weird).  We also went over to my friend Keith’s house for a little bit and played a card game before coming home and going to bed.

Did anyone else have strange experiences this year?  I mean, aside from the usual disgruntled family members?

7 Responses to “Now, That Is Odd”


  1. 1 Ms. Moon December 26, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Nothing exactly weird. Well, okay, things at my house would probably be defined as weird on even the most normal days, but for us? Nah.
    Sounds like y’all had a perfectly lovely Christmas. I approve of it all.

  2. 2 eviltwinswife December 26, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    We had a great Christmas. It was very non-traditional. I don’t like Thanksgiving foods, so I’m all about something “different” on Christmas and Easter. It was always the same old fare when I was growing up (my mom was a monster cook, but 30+ years of the same meal 3 times a year – even though I only ate the rolls) gets old.

    Your day sounded perfect! Laid back and all about the family.

  3. 3 Ron December 27, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Christmas was as unusual as usual if that makes sense. I’ll try to blog about it as I’m sort of having a writers block or whiners block… whichever.

  4. 4 vinomom December 27, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I think it sounds fine. I hate traditional Christmas Dinners. We actually went to our best couple friend’s house on Christmas Day in the evening. We really enjoyed it. Being able to do just what you want to do makes it a perfect Christmas in my opinion!

  5. 5 Ginger Magnolia December 28, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Ms. Moon – We had a good time. 🙂

    ETW – We always had turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but the boys and I usually make a ham. We love ham!

    Ron – Yeah, I wanna hear about your “crazy” family!

    Vino – I like traditional dinners with my boys…not so much with the rest of the family!

  6. 6 amy d December 29, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I, too, had an odd Christmas. I love the holidays, but this year I just couldn’t get into it. Even my Jackson, who by all accounts is the cutest little thing in his flannel pj’s couldn’t pull me out of my funk.

    I know it will be better next year once we all have our own home again. Just not the same decorating and cooking in someone else’s place, ‘ya know?

  7. 7 The Dish December 30, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Christmas was odd! I am not used to having all of us together! But it was fantastic! Pics are up on FB if you are so inclined.

    Glad you and the boys got some time just the 3 of you! Well deserved and needed, I am sure.


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