December 24th, 2004

wee krad, South Park Keith, South Park Keith #2

now that's funny

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I love this country......
  • Current Music
    "Country Dances" from Christmas Day in the Morning

eve of Christmas

In our family, Christmas Eve is generally The Big One. Me, my parents, my twin uncles on my mother's side, my aunt on my father's, and any assorted significant others and children all gather in my parents' house for copious eating, drinking, declaiming at loud volumes, and, natch, opening of presents.

We do the presents in two stages: First the big family presents, then the immediate family presents after the extended family leaves.

Dinner generally consists of lasagne and chicken soup, plus various hors d'oeuvres, bread, breadsticks, and potables of many sorts.

I love this time of year. Regardless of religious affiliation, this time of year has always been a time of celebration because it's when the days start to get longer -- when the sun is metaphorically reborn. It's why so many cultures have solstice festivals, which Christianity folded into itself with Christmas, and which is also why the Gregorian calendar has the new year 'round now-ish. It's a time of renewal, a time of joy, a time of celebration, when we look back on what came before and look forward to what comes next.

In that spirit, I wish you all joy, happiness, happy chear, and lots of food, drink, and presents.

...and to all a good night...
  • Current Music
    "Green Grow'th the Holly" from Christmas Day...

glad to be here

Since terri_osborne and I moved in together, we agreed to alternate the holiday season -- odd-numbered years here in New York with my family, even-numbered years in Indiana with hers.

This year, for reasons that anybody who reads terri_osborne's LJ will be familiar with, we broke with that and stayed in NYC this year.

Having seen footage of the blanket of snow -- nay, the big-ass down comforter of snow -- that is covering Indiana and other parts west of here, and knowing that we would've flown out yesterday right in the middle of it, I'm rather grateful for that particular decision......
  • Current Music
    "Broadford Bazaar" by Jethro Tull