Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas report

Christmas with teenagers is very different than with young children. Teenagers know the presents will be there when they get up...later. I finally told the kids who were up at 9:00am that they could wake up the ones who were not.

We had a really nice day. The boys were all thoughtful, generous and gracious. I enjoy seeing what presents they decided to get for each other, and their pleasure at what they have received. David is still surviving on too little money and did not bring presents. Though I am sure the other boys knew that would happen, they did not hesitate to give presents to him. Two of the presents the boys gave had been order too late over the Internet, so they printed off photos and wrapped those. Everyone had a good time.

Poor Carl is alone in his city far away. He lives in a house with half a dozen young men, and it is easy to get lost in the shuffle. He works at a cosmetic counter in a large department store and the last few days he has had to deal with a lot of people suddenly realizing that they forgot to get anything for someone or other. These are not people who are making joyful purchases -- these are people who want something fast! It has been tough for him. We all chatted with him on the phone.

Mostly though it was a quiet evening. Of course there was that excitement when Roland and Andrew spilled some of the juices from the roasting pan and the Shih Tzu, whom FosterAbba calls a "floor mop," decided to help by rolling in it. Oh well, he needed a bath anyway.


  1. Or you could consider the little dog just nicely marinated for a larger one!
    I am glad your Christmas went well! Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  2. Hah, dogs.

    Our big dog stole half a turkey from the counter WHILE my dad was carving it. Good thing we fried two of them.

  3. Merry Christmas, I think opening presents for toddlers and teenagers must be similar. Little Man took nearly 3 hours to open his gift. There weren't a lot but he had to play with each one before he would go onto the next one.

    I feel for Carl. Working retail is the fastest way to kill the holiday spirit. I think it is similar to tax preparers in early April, and teachers during spring finals. People have waited until the end and don't care that you can only do so much with the systems in place.

    Happy Holidays to all!


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