merry christmas

When we were little, we would open presents on Christmas Eve. I wonder how things would have worked out if I hadn't had a brother who was five years my senior. It was fairly easy to be distracted while Santa came when we were wide awake. I'm not sure why we did it then instead of Christmas proper. I think part of it was because Mom couldn't wait for us to open presents. We surely couldn't wait. In fact, we still could convince her to give us one early present even though technically all were early.

After Mom died, The Brother forced us to wait until Christmas morning. It's because he hates me. Actually, I have no idea why because he can't stand to wait to open presents. In the days leading up to Christmas he's all "What? We're waiting till Christmas. No, no early present." Then on Christmas morning I act like nothing special is happening that day. This really gets his goat, and he'll break down and ask when we can open them. We're in our 30s. Some Christmas feelings never change.

This year we have already had one Christmas celebration with some extended soon-to-be family. The Brother and our significant others are celebrating at lunch. Then I'm going to The Boyfriend's family celebration tonight. I'm abandoning The Brother. For the first time in 30 years we won't be together on Christmas. We've grown up. Some Christmas feelings are new and freak the crap out of me.

Merry Christmas, everybody.


Anonymous said…
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! We hope you have a wonderful Christmas!! We can't wait to see you again soon!

Katie, Christian and of course Hunter too!!
Bubba's Sis said…
Merry Christmas! Hope you had a great one!
StaceyG said…
Forming new traditions is exciting too! I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and that Santa didn't bring you coal. =)
Patois said…
A touching post, indeed. I hope all went well with The Boyfriend's family.
km said…
I love your post. The somewhat serious side with good humor, and then the last sentence before closing! It was great and made me laugh! But I bet its all good!

I hope you had a Merry Christmas with everyone!
Eddie said…
Merry Christmas!
samantha jo campen said…
Merry Christmas!!!!

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