Christmas Day 2016

A few observations:

  • In addition to many other nice things, the Long-Suffering Wife was foolish wonderful enough to get me a Go Pro camera for Christmas, so now I’ll have to go out and find stupid adventurous things to do. Look forward to video here.
  • Growing up in the Midwest in the 1950’s and 1960’s as one of a large family, I remember getting more clothes than toys. There were some toys (or in my case, books – big surprise!) but for every puzzle or Hardy Boys novel, there were several sweaters, jackets, hats, corduroy pants, and boots. I remember not being real impressed with the sweaters in particular. It occurred to me today how much that’s changed – a couple of very nice LL Bean sweaters are practical but also quite nice to received.
  • I don’t know if the sweater thing makes me more mature, more boring, or if the two terms are synonymous.
  • I’m a huge fan of shopping locally (which doesn’t mean WalMart, even if you live next door to one) and patronizing small businesses. But I plainly see where the biggest danger is to their continued livelihood, and it’s not just being undercut on price. If you’re short on time to begin with, an hour online with Amazon Prime is the same as ten hours or more going from store to store.
  • My self control regarding what I eat and how much and how often has completely collapsed under the assault of this year’s holidays. This will need to be addressed once there is a bit less candy, cookies, fudge, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, ice cream, wine, and champagne sitting around calling my name.
  • Yesterday I was talking with TLSW and our kids yesterday about memories of my parents accidentally mislabeling gifts, leading to everyone being surprised when Santa brought “Present A” to “Sister B” when “Sister A” had been begging for it. This morning TLSW said, “Give her that bag,” which led to my daughter asking, “Baseball cards??!!” So I guess it’s a family tradition now?
  • Skype is a truly wonderful thing. It is still amazing to me that I can have a video chat with someone nine time zones away. That I can chat for an hour or more and have it cost essentially zero is flabbergasting.

How did your Christmas go? What was the favorite gift you gave? Received?

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