Sunday, December 28, 2008

Deck the Halls

I have been in Chicago with the fam for about nine days now.  I love my family!  Absolutely love them to death.  I would do anything for them.  But, remind me next year to only go home for a week.  It's not that I don't love spending time with my family.  I do... I just need my space.  Living in the same city with them would be great.  I just can't live in the same house with them.  Every time I stay with them I feel like I revert back to childhood.  Or maybe they think of me as a child.  Anyways, eventually during the visit, they start treating me like a bitchy, whiny teenager and when they do that I become, well... a bitchy, whiny teenager.  That's why I'm so glad that Justin is coming Tuesday morning.  Maybe that will make me more grown up in their eyes.  Anyways, enough of this whining.  I have had a great Christmas.  Here are some of the highlights in no particular order.

1) Jersey Boys-- Now Jersey Boys is a highly entertaining musical.  It's the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  They guy who played Frankie Valli was amazing.  My dad thought he may even have a better voice than the real Frankie Valli.

2) The Food-- Now, my mom is the best cook!  I am not exaggerating.  I know that everyone thinks that their mom is the best cook, but my mom really is.  Just ask my cousins.  They'll vouch for her.  I've had a wondrous array of delectable Chinese food along with traditional holiday classics.  And the cookies.  THE COOKIES!  Nothing says Christmas like my great-grandmother's sugar cookies.  

3) Midnight Mass-- I always complain about going, but it always gives me chills.  Midnight at church just feels special and I always do feel a presence when I'm there.

4) Christmas Day-- It's always the same, but it's always wonderful.  We wake up to delicious chocolate pancakes with white chocolate chips, scrambled eggs, and bacon.  Then we open presents.  And I got everything I wanted and more, including a beautiful leather Cole Haan shopper.  

My vacation is just about half over, so there will be more highlights to follow this post.  In the meantime, let me just wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!