I’m not sure which to use, given that I personally don’t believe in God, but also don’t want to denigrate anyone who does, so I’ll just use both and hope to blanket the good feelings all over the blog. That being said, Christmas has come and passed and left me with a few questions about things, as well as several gifts scattered around me.
First of all, I’ve noticed that no matter my age, and no matter the number of gifts I’m expecting under the tree, I find myself more or less inclined to be like a child when it comes to Christmas Eve night– every sound and every light making me kind of wake from my half-assed slumber to check to see if it’s light out. I don’t know if this is true for many other people, but I kind of feel like it might be. There’s just something so very humbling about the idea of Christmas that I can’t help but dive into it like a child every year and hope for the best that I can grasp onto some of that innocence I’ve lost over the years. I become a ten year old again and every minute is moving me closer to that point where I get to open all my lovely gifts.
This year, I got a few boxes from my mom full of some old jeans I’d left at home, which were very much appreciated, two new zip up hoodies, a zip up sweater that I am in love with, a few thermal t-shirts, and a box of toiletries that made me so utterly giddy I could barely stand it. As far as the toiletries went it included: A huge bottle of Dove cream oil lotion for my overly dry hands and body; a huge bottle of Dove body wash, because it’s my favourite; a bottle of Aveeno face lotion to help keep my face from getting overly dry and cracked, all while providing some SPF protection (it came with a sample bottle of Aveeno lotion for everywhere that’s kind of tiny but I’m still happy about); a new toothbrush which was attached to some sensitive teeth whitening Colgate toothpaste, which of course is always welcome as my teeth are a point of much misery for me most of the time; some Alcohol free mouth-wash, in which I can’t remember the brand right now, but it rocks; a bag of Starbursts, because my parents know me so well; a pair of jeans I need to fix the zipper on (yes, it was in the box with the toiletries); some toothpick/floss sticks that are probably my favourite way of flossing; a couple of bodies of sulfate free hair conditioner, in the realm of ‘poo free products that I’ve been wanting to try; and I’m not sure about the rest, my mind is foggy and they’re all set up in my bathroom along the counters.
As you can see, I was anything but neglected and utterly happy with my gifts as they came to me. From my boyfriend’s mom and her husband I got a bottle of hair-dye (Burgundy, they think it looks nice on me), as well as some Starbursts, a bucket of Christmas Cookies (My favourite, the cheap kind that come in the shape of wonky stars and trees and stuff), a remote control Helicopter that I’ve yet to play with, sadly, and this was also supplemented by my mom sending me two PSP games I’d been wanting (Final Fantasy I and II), and a book (The Psychology of Joss Whedon), which I’m utterly enjoying. To be honest, I got more than I was expecting and ended up more thrilled than I had any right to be at my age.
Maybe we all never really out grow our childishness when it comes to the Season of Christmas, and maybe I never will. I can only hope that I continue to be as happy as I have been through the last few holidays, getting sporadic gifts from my friends on Steam (Three games so far: Bastion, The Witcher, and CoD: MW), as well as being able to spoil my friends with what little money I have coming in every now and again.
‘Tis the season, and all that. Did you get any gifts that made you utterly happy? Let me know by commenting!