Christmas is in a week! Well, kind of: James, Mr. Darcy and I make the 10-hour trek up to Keizer in a week, and therefore, for all intensive purposes (namely my own), Christmas begins. I’m excited for this…
Speaking of, have you watched this clip yet? If you ever catch yourself watching your hound’s flapping jowls out the rearview mirror, this might just be for you. It’s dogs doing what dogs do best.
But back to Orygun. I’m also excited because Dan and Noel (aka: the parentals) are holding off on getting a Christmas tree until we get there. Now that’s love! (…/now that’s the power of a persuasive daughter!). I fully intend for James to embrace his tree-hugging self again this year:
We’ll probably take another picture whilst wearing our parkas in the “freezing!” weather, and marvel at how there’s not a cloud in the sky in the Pacific Northwest…
And then Christmas Eve will arrive, and we’ll head to a church service and sing my favorite hymns of all. Then we’ll make a mad dash back to the house for the favorite of once-a-year dinner traditions: fresh crab and fondue. Mmmm, I am salivating and starving myself alike in preparation for that meal.
And our days will be filled with sleeping in and eating cinnamon rolls and pretending like I can’t cook so that Mom makes all of my very favorite meals. And we’ll open a few presents, and then likely wear or play with our new gadgets – all while eyeing the FOUR large dogs in attendance, attempting to break up any territorial, not-so-merry growls. We’ll play Phase 10 and Speed Scrabble alike, and I will once again dominate.
We’ll miss our brother and his family, and for our sister, Aleah, who will be there, her partner and husband in crime, who’s currently underwater serving in the U.S. military. Literally. My family’s pretty diverse like that: above, below water – we don’t judge.
Finally, we’ll see some old friends, whom we’ll probably make smoosh into a face-filled picture like this:
And all in all, we’ll laugh and we’ll snort, and we’ll be merry and gay…and in that way, I too wish you the same. What are you anticipating this Christmas season? What are you excited for?
Much love to all in this, this season of hope.0