Usually, I’m all for celebrating Christmas. I’m the girl who bakes unnecessary amounts of sugar cookies, drags her friends with her to see extravagant light displays, and, essentially, turns her apartment into a Christmas LAIR. However, this year I just wasn’t feeling it, probably because all of December was spent focusing on finals and graduating. Also, it would be my first Christmas without my mom. But even though I didn’t go above and beyond this year when it came to making sure my Christmas was amazing, I still managed to have a great Christmas thanks to my family, friends, and even co-workers. Here are some of the highlights from not just one, but three days of Christmas:
- I worked on Christmas Eve Eve. After the restaurant was closed and we were done with all of our sidework, one of my managers surprised me and my co-workers with some delicious baked goods, eggnog, and some cognac to spike our eggnog with. We spent the rest of the evening drinking “adult milkshakes” and stuffing ourselves with more cookies and brownies than any of us care to admit. I have to say that not only does my manager know how to party, but she knows how to show appreciation for her employees. She gets a gold star in my book.
- I received not just one, but two aprons for Christmas. I think my friends and family are trying to tell me something: I need to start learning how to cook. Maybe my cute, new aprons will inspire me to do so.
- I totally talked my dad out of making me and my siblings go to Midnight Mass this year. I was just too tired to stay up past midnight and try to remember the Apostle’s Creed, and when to sit, kneel, and stand. Skipping out on church and getting extra sleep instead = WIN
- Based on my experience, I’ve come to the conclusion that old Asian people give very “interesting” gifts. My Chinese grandma always gives me and my sisters colorful, sparkley, costume jewelry. My Chinese grandpa always gives everyone random books from his book collection that he doesn’t want anymore. The book he gave me for Christmas this year? An atlas. His justification? “Gina is going to travel the world! She’s going to need an atlas!”
- Spending so much time with my family and relatives these past few days has made me realize how lucky I am to not just have a family, but a family who is very close-knit and full of love. I love my family and wouldn’t trade them for anything.
I definitely had a fantastic Christmas. I hope yours was just as special.