First, I should probably wish everyone a Merry Christmas! There are some other holidays this month, but they are not taking place today/tomorrow, so I'm going to choose logic over political correctness at this time. In a related note, my flist brings tidings of comfort and joy to me year-round, but today's the day I declare it a public sort of way. You're all delightful, and I hope you're having a lovely holiday, or a general lovely Thursday/Friday.
Second, if I haven't previously mentioned it, we open presents on Christmas Eve because my parents still like to put out a few "Santa" gifts plus stuffed stockings for morning. I've declared this year to be the rip-roaringest Best Christmas Ever, in part because everyone (sometimes unintentionally!) got a gag gift along with their regular ones. For example:
Mom: My brother borrowed a pair of my mittens and tied a length of yarn around them, to demonstrate that since she's always losing her gloves, she can put these through her sleeves and always have them attached to her coat.
Dad: Is obsessed with Shrek, so in a discount bin, Mom found a figurine set of Shrek, the Donkey, and Puss in Boots. It's maybe a little bit scary how much he loved them.
Kyle: Was regifted a free promotional item (a pen that lights up when you push a button) that's been in one of our kitchen drawers for like, 5 years. (Kyle: "Wait a minute, you already HAD this pen." Mom: "But now it's yours!
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