i feel like buddy the elf but man, 2 days until christmas! it's santa!
i already know what my holiday will consist of. because it's always pretty quiet. working a half day on christmas eve - mostly working about 2 hours and then going to the christmas luncheon at the fancy club my boss belongs to. as a strict cheap beer drinker, he delights in my trying all the over-the-top sugary champagne cocktails they always have. i delight in drinking them. for free.
then i'll head home to hawkeye, pick up her and the gifts for john's family, and head over to their house. conveniently arriving after they're done with mass, because church is not my jam. (after 7 long years of catholic school, i've come to the realization that i celebrate christmas because i love my family and friends and that's what they love to do. i don't recognize having any sort of religious affiliation anymore, so it's a happy kwanzmaskuh solstice situation for me. i just like the season.)
after cocktails and treats and presents with john's family, hawkeye and i will head home to the roommate's festivities - she's hosting a christmas eve cocktails and games night. arriving late ensures that her friend with the baby will already be back at home in bed, and the vodka and cards against humanity portion of the evening can begin.
and in the late morning on christmas, my mom will come to pick up me and hrh princess hawkeye, who can't dare take a cab or public transit, and we'll spend the day at my parents' house, opening gifts (they got me sorel boots), playing with the 3 dogs and helping them open their gifts because of course the dogs get gifts, addressing my mom's 'new year's cards' because she never orders in time for christmas, making a few desserts and cooking pasta for dinner. while i play 'refill your champagne every time someone mass texts merry christmas.' oh and laugh at the hilarious conversations with my dad's friends in india, because they're 11.5 hours ahead and already really drunk. eventually, my mom will drive us home with lots of leftovers and hawkeye and i will sleep for about 14 hours.
after that? i still have 3 glorious days off. with only one remaining event - celebrating megan's birthday on saturday.
i'm nothing if not a planner. happy kwanzmaskuh solstice to you, friends. see you next week.