Let’s End 2011 Warm and Fuzzy
I know the holidays are pretty much over and we are in the home stretch to 2012. But as I mentioned last time, I only recently began to actually enjoy the holidays. And any day now, I’m going to start complaining about how I have to take my tree down but I’m too lazy to do it. Maybe I should just be like my downstairs neighbors who last Christmas I watched through their window (I promise I’m not as crazy as I sound) put up their Christmas tree and they haven’t taken it down since. That’s two Christmases out of one Christmas tree decorating session. And it doesn’t seem to bother them that they leave their tree up year-round. I mean, when we nod at each other at the mailbox, I don’t feel any regretful vibes coming from them.
Anyway, while I’m still rocking the spirit, I just have to share with you the things I’m thankful for this holiday season (um, besides the obvious: family, friends, job, roof over my head, health, ice cream …)
- Top 10 lists. Like Top 10 Moments of 2011. Only this year, they are getting cutesy and making it Top 11 Moments of 2011. I’m all in, people.
- Time to get crap done. I washed the laundry, swept, mopped, did the dishes, made the bed and took out the trash yesterday. No, I didn’t fold the damn laundry. But that’s still pretty good.
- Pictures of kids crying on Santa’s lap on Facebook.I mean, ugly sobbing crying, because when you are young, that big fat, hairy guy in a red suit can be scary as crap. After years of being told not to talk to strangers, once a year, you are expected to sit on a stranger’s lap and tell him your deepest, darkest secrets. Oh, I understand this kid crying on Santa’s lap thing doesn’t rock for everyone (the parents who had to stand in line at the mall for hours to witness this moment for one, the Santa actor, for two). It just rocks for me because it makes me feel slightly better about not having kids yet.
- Gift cards. Okay, people. Don’t get all, “Christmas isn’t about the presents” on me. I totally agree. But let’s just pretend for a second Christmas were all about the presents. Gift cards make good presents. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some shopping to do.
- Thoughtful gifts, but more importantly, thoughtful gift givers. Okay, so gift cards are great because you can select whatever you want, but nothing beats a really thoughtful gift. Given by a thoughtful gift giver. Who you are lucky to have in your life. I have a few of those.
- The warm and fuzzy stories on the news. No one wants to hear about death and violence about two days out of Christmas. So around the holidays, all the major news networks turn into about 50 percent fluff news – soldiers returning home to tearful reunions with children, the life of a Christmas tree seller, etc. Enjoy it now, because after January 1, it’s about to be all elections, all the time.
- Children around for Christmas. My older sister Debbie just moved from the West Coast to New Jersey. It’s still a bit of a drive to get here, but having her close by has been simply wonderful. And having her two sons here for Christmas really made the holidays more enjoyable for me. In fact, it was the first year I’ve ever been around kids for Christmas. There is absolutely nothing like watching your nephews opening up presents from Santa with sheer joy.
- New Year’s plans. I actually have plans I’m excited about this year (and they weren’t agonizing to make like New Year’s plans usually are). Chef got VIP tickets for some friends and me for the New Year’s Eve celebration at the restaurant/club where he works. It has the makings for a fun night.
- Hawaii is almost here. Okay, I know, enough already. You are freezing your butt off and winter has hardly begun and you don’t need me bragging about my trip to Hawaii. But damn it, I never got over cancelling my honeymoon. I was really looking forward to that vacation. And I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this, but I love the beach the way I love ice cream. The way that delicious foods make your mouth salivate, I feel like the beach makes my eyes salivate. Okay, that sounds grosser than it is.
- Chef connected Netflix to my TV. Hello, endless hours of How I Met Your Mother and old 80s and 90s movies. Big, Swingers or Risky Business, anyone?
- With the New Year comes a new season of the Bachelor. January 2, it’s on. Crazy women, a naked butt and the quest for
true lovelove that will last four months, here I come.
How have your holidays been? What are you thankful for this year? Any fun New Year’s plans or resolutions for 2012 you would like to share?
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