What’dya Get For Christmas?

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When I was a kid, that’s what all of my friends would ask after Christmas every year.

Then we’d all describe the coolest new toys we had received.

And ridicule the relatives who had cluelessly given us clothing or pajamas.

When I became an adult, important Christmas activities quickly evolved from “What’dya get?” to “What’dya give?”

That’s when I learned how hard it is to buy toys that kids are really going to enjoy.

And how easier it would be to just buy them clothing and pajamas.

Many years ago, my wife and I stopped giving each other Christmas presents.

The truth is, our relationship matured to the point where we had outgrown the need to buy things in order to express our love for each other.

So, today, we slept until we each woke up.

Then she read, while I watched TV and surfed the Web.

We both spent a lot of time with our pets, Petey, Max and Bud.

And then, this afternoon, we walked next door to Mike and Annamarie‘s house.

We visited, ate really good Chinese take-out food and homemade Christmas cookies, and spent a lot of time with their pets, Cairo, Tela, Gizmo, and their current foster greyhound, Onyx.

After we ate, I came back home and fed our pets, then took Bud out to join us and his next-door doggy friends on a long walk.

Then, back at Mike and Annamarie’s, we watched three Season 12 episodes of Dexter off of the Internet, using Mike’s laptop computer, connected to their giant-screen HDTV.

Now it’s 10:30 PM, and I’m finally getting around to writing this Journal entry.

All in all, it was one of the merriest, most blessed Christmases we’ve ever had.

I hope and pray that you and yours can say the same.

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