Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Merry Christmas, You Old Savings and Loan!

Merry, Merry Christmas, everyone! Wow ... I don't even know where to begin.

For the first time in years ... there's no sign of the annual holiday hangover. Oh sure, there was lots of hard work. In fact, I'm pretty sure I didn't actually sit down at any point between Saturday morning at 7 a.m. to Monday evening at 6 p.m. But even though I was busy, it wasn't that stress-inducing, hectic, last-minute rush.

It may have been that I'd finished the shopping weeks ago ... it may have been that the cards went out with plenty of time to spare ... but no matter, it was such a nice way to spend the holidays.

In fact, let me give you an example ... on Saturday, we went out on the west side to look for a new kitchen table. I know what you're thinking, "Who the HELL goes shopping for a kitchen table on the Saturday before Christmas?" Well, we thought there might find something on sale ... and, like I said ... there just wasn't any rush or stress.

No ... we didn't find a table. Everything had been picked over ... there was almost nothing left. But that's okay. We found a nice table cloth and a couple of place mats to decorate our old table ... and the Christmas train kept right on a'rolling.

The girls were sweet and wonderful. They came over extra early ... and even brought breakfast. Those are the kind of special gifts that money can't buy. Plus they've been patient with the handful of speed bumps that ol' Saint Nick brought along for the ride. For instance, we're having an issue with their memory cards not accepting pictures ... or ... more accurately we're having problems with the digital frames not reading any new pictures they're adding TO the memory cards. It's just one of those annoying technical glitches that shouldn't be too hard to fix ... it just takes time to troubleshoot.

In any case, it was a great Christmas ... mostly because we got to spend it with each other. Here's hoping that your Christmas was as peaceful and special as ours ...

Give thanks for all you've been blessed with
And hold your loved ones tight
For you know the Lord's been good to you
On a snowy Christmas night

Elvis Presley - On A Snowy Christmas Night