Christmas 2021

We had a nice Christmas. Quiet. Also, 14 year old boys are very hard to shop for.

As usual, I took them out individually to shop (how many years have we been doing this? I’ll have to go back and look) which was lovely. It was right on the cusp of Omicron taking off, so we were able to eat inside this time (I just remember last year sitting in the parking lot of Five Guys, which just isn’t quite the same.)

We had our traditional Christmas Eve dinner – steak. Yum!

Then it was time to read The Night Before Christmas and take the stocking pic.

I was quite proud that I didn’t have much to wrap that night, I’d gotten it all done. But I did spend much of the day finishing George’s present, a collared shirt with fabric from Spoonflower with keyboard keys all over it because he’s a big ol’ nerd.

relaxing with a cozy fire and my coffee before the boys woke up (or rather, before I let them out of their room)

And don’t you know, I didn’t take any pictures while we were opening gifts. Just being present (no pun intended.)

The boys got a new chair to sit in while rotting their brains on video games, and some clothes, and cases and cords and other electronics-adjacent accessories and all in all they seemed happy with their gifts.

I got a sous vide thingy, and a Ziggy puzzle, and a necklace, and a new Kindle, and some Schitt’s Creek things, and so all in all, I think I did the best of all, but I might be biased.

That Ziggy puzzle is really really really hard, btw.

We had the traditional eggnog French toast for breakfast, and I started drinking mimosas (we had a lot of orange juice, what can I say) and then we all took the traditional Christmas morning COVID tests (all negative) and then Grandee and Larry came over (also negative) and we ate air-fried turkey (yum) and cornbread dressing and spinach and homemade bread (my mom and I both made some and the boys preferred my mom’s but that’s fine) and cheesecake for dessert.

So that was our Christmas, and it was low-key and, oh, 80 degrees, so that part sucked, but otherwise, was really nice.

4 thoughts on “Christmas 2021

  1. Robert Felty

    I gave a presentation to my daughter’s English class (I’m in Germany) about American christmas traditions, and I read the night before christmas, which I learned is actually titled “A Visit from Saint Nicholas”, but I have never heard anyone call it that before. That was not a tradition in my family, but I think it is in many.

    Did you say you only have one gaming chair for 3 boys? Do they take turns?

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    1. Pam Kocke

      One chair, but one Xbox that they take turns on so it works. (Story of their life! 😀) (they also have a gaming pc with its own chair, and the third kid has to, like, go watch YouTube on the laptop somewhere else in the house.)

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      1. Robert Felty

        As long as there are enough screens to go around 🙂 It is so hard to get my kids to do stuff off screen. Since I am on a screen all day at work, I find myself wanting to escape screens when I am not working more and more.

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