Yes it is that most wonderful time of the year, yay! I spent the day hanging out with my dad, stepmom, and my stepbrother and his girlfriend. We had Champagne* and enjoyed a nice lunch after opening presents where I received more of the gifts that signify my official passing into adulthood - clothes.
When I was a kid I *hated* getting clothes. I mean, my parents bought me clothes every year, I didn't *need* any more clothes! What I wanted was toys** - I mean my parents weren obligated by society to buy those on a regular basis, so why relatives woudl blow a perfectly good opportunity to buy me *those* always escaped me.
But now that I'm older I love getting clothes. Sure, sometimes they aren't a perfect fit and sometimes the color doesn't look good on me. But hey, it's all worth it when you get something that you really like. I think this is why socks and underwear are such a good gift - pretty much everyone needs them and they aren't really ruled by the same rules of fashion that other clothing items are. I mean, no matter how awful the color or pattern choice, when was the last time you heard someone on Queer Eye or What Not To Wear say "Oh my god, that outfigt *might* work if you gave it a chance but oh, those socks, those awful, awful socks!!!!"...Yeah, it doesn't happen.
After that we went downstairs where I introduced everyone to "Elf" - the greatest christmas movie since White Christmas. My stepmother was pretty sure she was going to fall asleep since it was dark out, but she actually laughed the hardest out of all of us. Another moment of pop culture-junkie satisfaction, spreading the good news about good cinema for the holidays and knowing you just hit one out of the park...
...I wonder if this is how Jesus felt when he gave the Beatitudes?
(And BOOM goes the blasphemy!)
Merry Christmas everyone!
* Well, not *actually* champagne, but it was sparkling and tasted pretty good.
** Transformers, in particular