It was a good Christmas. No family drama this year. Everyone got along. Phil was pissy on Christmas Eve because I took in my sister's dog for the day. Luckily, we worked through it and all was fine again after a stressful morning with Comcast. I did the bulk of my shopping the Monday before. Two hours alone in Walmart and I was back in the groove. I had been feeling so behind after my Birthday week and Nutcracker week. I stumbled to feel the Christmas spirit. It's amazing how giving can put you right back there. I didn't do too much but the kids didn't seem to notice. The next two days our neighbors came in full force with cakes, cookies, candy, popcorn, toys including a drone for each kid! (The same drone I ordered on Black Friday for Voss- the one bit of shopping I did early- and it never came!) Or the watch I sent Phil to Verizon for and I spent 30 minutes in Walmart looking for; and couldn't find- my brother gave to Marly for Christmas! I love it when it all works out like that! We spent an afternoon with the Hickses, watched a bunch of Christmas movies- Polar Express with Papa, Christmas safari or something with Ellie on Christmas Eve, It's a Wonderful Life while working on puzzle, Noelle and Mickey's Christmas Carol (while still working on that puzzle). The girls served and we brought up the gifts for Christmas mass. All in all, I think it was a nice time. And it's still going...because there are 12 days of Christmas and I think we're only half way there! School is out for another week! We are over tired and over sugared and crabby and full of 'tude. I think this is pretty normal for this time of year though, right? We stayed up late with the Quarities family (Matt's girlfriend), watching movies at Mom and Dad's. I finished reading Goldfinch and we saw that movie (very confusing and depressing if you didn't read the book!) then a Star is Born last night (more drugs and depression). We ended the week/began this week with a family trip to the zoo. On the way out, we saw the lights! That's the way to do it! Merry Christmas!