A lot of people I know always feel sorry for us, having to spend our Christmas away from family, due to The Tim's work schedule, and though it was hard the first couple of years, now we look forward to the entire day to ourselves, doing it our own way. And we are a family - I truly believe that having children is not what defines a family.
Anyway, the kitties and Dug were particularly pleased with their gifts, particularly those received from a family friend. The kitties received something called a Busybody, which is a kind of flannel square with some catnip in it, and toys attached. It was popular with all of them!
(Pip played with it first, but my camera wasn't charged them - grrrrrr!)
Dug received a squeaky toy, which he was enjoying until he accidentally stepped on it and it squeaked, which freaked him out for the rest of the day! Fortunately, by the next day it wasn't quite so worrisome/traumatic, so he has played with it since then quite a bit.
The Tim and I didn't get as carried away with gifts for each other as we usually do, because we decided we wanted to buy new chairs for the living room. But of course, that didn't mean there were not any packages to open! Three of my gifts were books:
This is something I know I'll enjoy reading - it has a truly varied group of contributors, so even if one does nothing for me, I'm sure to find something I'll like, right??
And finally, this book - which makes the language geek in me so incredibly happy! I am not going to read it right away on purpose, so I'll have something to look forward to reading (I know, I need a life). I can't wait, but I also don't want it to be over, you know?
The Tim was pleased with his gifts, one of which was a universal remote, which he had been talking about buying. When he actually looked at it, he said, "Gee, I'm not sure I'll be able to figure this out." Knowing him though, it will become a personal challenge, and he won't stop until he has it working just the way he wants it to work. As for me, I just hope it will make it easier to figure out how to watch different types of things on our TV ...
With our cozy little family, a day to ourselves, lovely and fun gifts, and all kinds of goodies to eat and drink, Christmas Day was definitely one of the best. Which is as it should be. :-)