Deck the halls and wrap those presents…Christmas is finally here! To quote the Grinch, “Tomorrow is Christmas. It’s practically here!”
Okay, as I’m writing this, it’s not really Christmas Eve. But the day is getting closer and closer. As it rapidly approaches, I’m looking at my stash of gifts for my son and my family members, making sure no one is forgotten, that I’ve spent for everyone equally, that my son will have a great Christmas from Santa (aka yours truly), and the other millions of thoughts that go through my head for the holiday.
Wrapping The Gifts
I know I’ll probably be up late on Christmas Eve wrapping presents for my son and hanging his stocking with care. I’ll also be doing my best to watch, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” on NBC that evening, which is something I’ve always done in the past. I’ll also be reminding myself what time my son and I will need to be at my parents’ house on Christmas Day to celebrate with the rest of the family.
Then, on Christmas morning, I’ll wake up my son and remind him that it’s Christmas and that Santa came. We’ll mosey into the living room where he will open all his presents, excitedly opening one after another. My son usually opens the biggest present first and is obsessed with it the rest of the morning. He knows he has other presents, but he could care less once he sees the biggest one. I don’t think this will surprise most parents.
Sometimes Family Is Crazy
We’ll head to my parents’ house, where the craziness is in full swing. We typically have around 10 people in the house. This probably doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you have a loud family like mine, it feels like a lot of people. When we open gifts at my parents’ house, it looks very similar to the scene in “A Christmas Story” where the entire family is frantically opening presents. Shreds of wrapping paper flying, partially torn gift bags and boxes, plus lots of laughs.
The best part of the entire day though is the family being together. We talk and joke with each other all day, including during dinner and afterwards when we’re feeling incredibly stuffed from a delicious meal. We linger around my parents’ house until long after it’s dark outside. Even though we each have our own homes, our parents’ home is the main place we call home.
The entire team with Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling will be spending Christmas with their families and loved ones, thankful to be able to spend the day with them in person. They will have their own traditions to carry on for another year, and possibly creating new ones. I’m sure they will have created new memories and will be eager to share stories from the holiday when they return to the office.
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and happy holidays!