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And so it’s Christmas

Posted by joeabbott on December 25, 2011

imageMy wife’s family celebrates Christmas on Christmas Eve. This is after what seems like years of everyone negotiating “second family” obligations around the holiday. I’m easy as my family is far far away and we’re either here (most of the time) or there (significantly less). But, for the most part, all of the other siblings and in-laws have fallen into step and we have the entire gang in one place for Christmas Eve day.

Well, we hosted last night and the strangest thing happened: we ended early. Without shooing anyone out, without awkward end-of-night yawns, without children imploding in an over-hyped, over-sugared, under-rested frenzy … they all left by about 8:30 pm.

Both Suzanne and I wondered if it was something we said, a courtesy we didn’t extend or what … and then we got about tidying up and sitting back to enjoy the quiet night and the inevitable peaceful Christmas morning. I consider it part of their gift to us! 🙂

But, the house is clean and warm, we’ll get up leisurely and enjoy a nice breakfast, open some gifts, and then I’ll call my family back in MN to extend my greetings.

And to all of you, I do the same: Merry Christmas!


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