Wednesday, December 24, 2014

It's Christmas Eve!

It's hard to believe, but Christmas Eve is already here. Chelsea and I both had to work this morning, and I ended up making a last minute trek to Wal-Mart for a couple of things. In the process of walking around the store, I learned a couple of very important lessons: 1. If I haven't gotten it by Christmas Eve, it can wait until next year. 2. I should never go shopping on an empty stomach. Actually, I should never do anything on an empty stomach, since I turn into a shorter, skinnier version of the Hulk. I honestly think I could flip a car over if I got angry enough. Thankfully, I made it home without any Chris SMASHING, since that would have ruined everyone's holiday.


The tree has been trimmed and the presents are wrapped. They're just sitting there waiting for the moment when we free them from their decorated paper prisons. I rather like how the tree came out this year, I feel like it's one of the best ones yet. Growing up, all we had were artificial trees, and as much as I miss the convenience, there really is no competing with a real tree. Well, except for falling needles and dripping sap. Fake trees have them beat there. Still, I'd be lying if I said I didn't like the smell of fresh pine throughout the house.


Chelsea also set up what I like to call our guest tree, for all the gifts that go to everyone else. The past two years it's been made up to look like a snowman. Next year, I want to make a yeti tree. What can I say, I want a little Halloween in my Cringle.


The stockings are hung, though I'm not sure if it was done with care. This is the first year I haven't heard them come crashing down on top of the gas stove. I used to neglect the stockings, but over the years, some of my favorite gifts have come from them. Plus, they're usually filled with candy, the perfect Christmas morning breakfast.


So now we're just sitting here waiting for Chelsea's parents, my future in-laws, to arrive. In the meantime, there's holiday sangria in the fridge, a cake baking in the oven,cookies in the jars, and Christmas specials on the TV.

You couldn't ask for a much better Christmas Eve.


8 comments:

  1. I'm sitting here waiting for the fam to get ready so we can head on out to my sisters,where I will then find a permanent seat at the dining room table and eat everything in sight!I'm friggin' starving!Merry Christmas to you and yours ,Chris!

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    1. That sounds like a good plan to me Tony. Today I plan on opening presents, then eating myself into a coma. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  2. My wife is working tonight so am heading to my Aunt and Uncle's for out traditional Christmas Eve dinner and gift opening.....Merry Christmas Chris to you and your family.

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    1. I keep trying to get my family to do things Christmas eve, but no luck yet.

      Merry Christmas to you and your family as well John.

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  3. Empty stomach makes anyone cranky and angry. But in my case, what really converts me into a tiny skinnier She-Hulk is lack of sleep. Aarrrgghhh!!
    Merry Xmas, Chris and Chelsea! :D

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    1. Lack of sleep just makes me loopy and incoherent. Not much different from when I get plenty of sleep actually.

      Merry Christmas to you Yellina. Don't work too hard!

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  4. I hear ya about Walmart, man! I waited in line for 1 HOUR just to pick up photos! 1 FREAKING HOUR!!!

    It's funny, because with me it was the complete opposite, my parents always got a real tree and now I always go with artificial. Real trees are nice, but they're a hassle and costly. Yours looks great though!

    Glad you had a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!

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    1. Im thinking of trying to talk Chelsea into going with an artificial tree next year. Apparently, this one was infested with small black beetles that are threatening to overtake us. That'd one nice thing about the fake trees, you don't have to fumigate them.

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