A Very Merry Christmas

Christmas has always been a time of getting together with my very large family. On Christmas Eve, my dad’s side of the family (my grandmother, her children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren) all get together. Since they all live within, at the most, 2 hours from one another, this is feasible. And I’ve always been close enough by to do so as well. But not this Christmas. This Christmas, the Little Jedi, Sam, and I were just too far away to make the trip. Instead, we visited over the weekend and returned home for Christmas Eve/Day.

This Christmas was the first we spent together as our own little family in our own New Orleans home. And, for the most part (aside from last minute shopping and getting sick on Christmas Day), it went off without a hitch.

On the 23rd, we wandered over to New Orleans City Park for Celebration in the Oaks, something I think will become a tradition for us. Parking was difficult, and we were frozen by the time we left, but the evening among the lights was beautiful.

The three of us under the lights at City Park
The three of us under the lights at City Park

We managed to get some sleep before waking for last minute shopping on Christmas Eve.

Tank with the spoils of Christmas shopping
Tank with the spoils of Christmas shopping

I don’t generally do last-minute-shopping, but I have to admit that there was something energizing about driving around the city, searching the stores for the last few things I needed to get before settling in for the night. Among other things, I picked up the stuff for our new Christmas Eve tradition. Since we’re not gathering with all of the Little Jedi’s cousins and the rest of the family, we decided to do something that I’d heard a good friend of mine talk about mish-mashed with some Pinterest stuff. I bought each of us a new set of pajamas, got some hot chocolate and a few snacks, and bought a couple of Christmas movies.

And after we finished all of our shopping, wrapping, cooking, and  prepping for Christmas Day, we snuggled into our new pajamas, made some hot chocolate, and watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas. I’ve rarely felt so cozy.

Then it was time for bed, and we were quite joyful to get to sleep until 9:30 before we got up to open presents.

Santa brought the Little Jedi lots of superhero cosplay stuff (Wolverine claw, Batman clothes, Captain America shield) and an X Box 360. We were not really sure about the X Box, considering the Little Jedi’s age, but it was a family present that, as he has one at his dad’s house that he plays with his dad, should improve continuity between homes and should give him some better hand/eye coordination.

Christmas  night was a time for the fiancee’s family, and we all had dinner and exchanged gifts before calling it a night. All in all, one of the best Christmases I’ve ever had, and a smashing start to Christmases with my own little nuclear family-Sam, the Little Jedi, and Tank.

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