Unlike many people I know, my family has no Christmas Eve traditions. When I still lived at home, I’d slip into the solarium for a few minutes before heading off to bed, curling up on the couch and tucking my legs up underneath me. Staring into the Christmas tree, I’d search for favorite ornaments and gaze into the tiny lights — a few contemplative moments with myself before all the sugarplums were supposed to dance in my head. I never did enjoy going to bed early; something that most people have no trouble doing the night before Christmas.
This year’s Christmas Eve was much different from last year’s, when I was house/horse/dog-sitting and spent the night alone, absorbed in a movie on television and trying to figure out roughly when I’d be done with my morning barn chores so I could drive to my parents’ house for Christmas. Today I woke up to a kitty massage — Miss Kitty’s way of telling me she’s hungry and I should get my lazy butt out of bed and attend to her needs. NOW. Please.
Mom stopped by to drop off a piece of art that I had a mat cut for, and we both headed to the gym. After a half hour of cardio and an hour with Darryl (my personal trainer), I had a deep tissue massage to try to work out some of the knots in my shoulder that have caused me so much pain over the past few months. We made a pretty good breakthrough today, and although I know I’ll be tender tomorrow I don’t have as many knots as I had two weeks ago. Yay!
After MK’s dinner and a shower, I drove over to Keith and Sarah’s house to have Christmas with them. Sarah crocheted me a gorgeous hat and scarf combo, and Keith took a really cute picture of me in it. As soon as I can get him to e-mail me that file, I’ll update this post! Of course, I’m wearing the hat so it won’t be a new-haircut picture… I’ll try to get my parents to take one of me tomorrow.
By 6 p.m. I had to head out and go feed Quincy — Amy & Rob’s dog — and then hurry on over to the base movie theater to catch the 6:30 show for 007: Quantum of Solace. Sarah warned me that the film was almost plot-less, and thanks to her very-accurate description, I didn’t even feel bad when I fell asleep in the theater for about 30 minutes. Amy, Rob and my parents assured me that I didn’t miss anything, and needless to say I will NOT be renting that flick later to fill myself in.
After the movie I went back to Amy & Rob’s to have Christmas with them… I haven’t been able to spend much time with them this past year (amidst all the wedding madness), so that hour-or-so together was really nice! I now have two new bottles of wine to try, and a new journal to keep track of the wines I’ve tasted… and five sweet potatoes. Those potatoes are NOT to go along with the small bottle of Italian limoncello they brought back from their honeymoon for me; they’re just because Amy bought half a bushel of them from a co-worker, not realizing how many potatoes comes in a half-bushel!
I’m now home, hanging out with a hood-less MK and watching a movie on TNT. It’s been a busy day, but a pretty damn good one! And tomorrow isn’t going to be “Christmas” for my family — Jaci won’t come home until next Tuesday, so I suggested that my parents and I have a Christmas breakfast instead. Then, we’ll head up to Grandma’s and spend the afternoon with her before eating Christmas dinner together. It’ll be an atypical Amber Christmas, but I think it’ll be a good one… and I’ve started looking forward to it! (Which has nothing to do with the fact that I still have to wrap Christmas presents, and this five-day postponement of the holiday gives me more time to perfect my bow-tying skillz.)
For all of you who are currently celebrating Christmas Eve together with loved ones, and everyone who’s doing Christmas on Christmas Day, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! I hope that more of you find out that you’ve been nice, than those finding out that they’ve been naughty! 🙂