There are just some things about the Christmas season that are predictable.
- People will break into random Christmas carols at random times.
- Charitable opportunities abound, from the red kettle to toy drives to the angel tree.
- An individual for whom you did not purchase a gift will give you a gift.
- You will receive at least one “What on earth is this?” gift.
- Family members will request favorite dishes for the big dinner.
- You will forget to purchase the critical ingredient for at least one favorite dish.
- Someone will steal the parking space you’ve been stalking for nearly 10 minutes.
- Something that is not usual will happen to make the holiday unusual.
To that end, the Hayley holidays were not at all unpredictable or unusual in any way, though perhaps, I didn’t receive any strange gifts. (Since we’ve not had our Texas family Christmas yet, I’m not entirely confident about making this claim just yet!)
This year, we had a Kansas immediate family get-together on our first mutually available day over the holiday – Saturday. Fortunately, because our holiday was delayed we were able to have a white Christmas. For this Texas transplant, any sign of the flaky white stuff is a very big deal – and a particularly big deal for my native born, native bred Texas mate.
After the gift giving, the extended family arrived for the holiday feast and Christmas crackers (we’re not afraid of funny hats and corny jokes!).
You may not have guessed it from reading this blog, but I am a unique person, fruit of a very unique and fun family.