I don’t know what stresses you out about Christmas, but I’ll share what does for me. It’s the anticipation of whether or not family will like the gift I chose for them. It’s important to me that people like the gifts I get them. They don’t have to be THE gift of the holiday, but to genuinely enjoy them. I will be on pins & needles until I see (or hear) their reaction. Now, I wouldn’t want anyone who buys me a gift to feel this way. I’m a very easy person to shop for. Not only do I provide a wishlist on Amazon, but I have several interests that make shopping for me easy. Rarely have I received a gift I didn’t like. The most infamous to those who know & love me, is the jar of mints. A gift I received from a boyfriend in the 10th grade. Now, I don’t like mints, not at all. So you can imagine my dismay that the boy I like buys me a jar of them. As a point of reference, we’d been friends for a year, and dating for 5 months. I gave him a Levi’s shirt.

So, that being said, I have enjoyed almost all gifts I have ever received.

This Christmas, our tree will be fairly barren of gifts, as we are celebrating Christmas with my in-laws after the 25th. But we can look at it as extending the opening fun. Thing is, last year, opening gifts didn’t take long, and then we were off to Disneyland for the day. This year, there is no Disneyland nearby, but we may try to go to a movie. We’ll see. It’s likely we’ll watch any DVD’s we get, and I know there will be some.

I took the San Francisco pictures off my website, and will try to update most of my photos. But right now, I have to finish getting some gifts wrapped and ready to mail. I’ll close with a great movie quote about gift-giving.

Stacy: Well, don’t you want to open your present?

Wayne Campbell: What is it?

Stacy: Open it.

Wayne Campbell: What is it?

Stacy: It’s a gun rack.

Wayne Campbell: A gun rack… a gun rack. I don’t even own *a* gun, let alone many guns that would necessitate an entire rack. What am I gonna do… with a gun rack?

Stacy: You don’t like it? Fine! You know Wayne, if you’re not careful, you’re going to lose me.

Wayne Campbell: I lost you 2 months ago! We broke up! Are you mental?

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