Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Your Turn

What did you do for Christmas? Presents you got? Worst? Best? Make a drunken fool of yourself and end up with a plunger on your head while hunched over a toilet?

44 comments:

dollface said...

My husband took me to see "The Book of Mormon" and to eat at WD-50
The best gift though was having him home safely after 15 months of deployment.

Jac said...

Got the winter vomiting bug on Christmas Eve, still on the couch trying not to puke, oh and I slept through Christmas day.....:(

Rita said...

@dollaface - congrats on having your hubby safely home for the holidays! The rest of the troops will all be back home soon, yay for keeping your word Mr. President.

Mine was with friends, as I'm far away from home. It was great, kept drinking to a minimum (last year's drunken office debacle still stings). The best? while all newspapers were telling us we'd be having a "green" Christmas, it actually snowed. Heavily! So a white Christmas it was. All in all, a safe and happy one. No guarantees for New Year's though!

Ms Cool said...

The best thing about Christmas this year was the lack of family drama. The second best was seeing my son enjoy the heck out of the season. Finally, my husband surprised me with a a Canon DSLR that I have been wanting and needing for my business. It was really a treat as we usually don't exchange due to the chronically low amount of money we have.

iheartjacksparrow said...

For the past five years I've been spending Christmas Day at the Disneyland Resort. The first year I went I thought the place would be almost empty, being that it is a religious holiday. Wrong! Every year it is stuffed with seemingly every person in California. It was 78 degrees there this year, and I got a new high score on Toy Story Mania, so overall a great day.

Seachica said...

dollface, what a wonderful present, especially your husband being home!

Me and my BF spent our first Christmas together in Vancouver. We're Jewish, so no celebrating Xmas, but we had a great time at the chinese restaurant. The host wished us just a "happy new year" - no "merry xmas". Hmm....he knows his clientele well. :) I went for a morning run along the Stanley Park seawall, and everyone was in a great mood. Lots of "happy holidays" from fellow runners getting a jump on the day.

Blueberry said...

The best gift that I got this year was a box that contained the following: 1 bottle of my fave. vodka, 1 bottle of the pinnacle 'whipped cream' vodka, 1 bottle of the pinnacle 'cotton candy' vodka, 2 bottles of champagne, an absente mini, and an assortment of beer. Yay - a merry christmas to me!!!!

Baka Neko said...

Spent Christmas with family watching Mr. Popper's penguin. The best gift I got was the Monday before when my girlfriend and I got married.

old ;ady said...

I got to watch my granddaughter open presents (some help). Ate too much, and had only one drink. A very large one drink. Only one of the Dogs was sick. Dollface, so glad your husband came home.

Rita said...

@Baka Neko - Congratulations!

Susan said...

Just so happy to celebrate with my baby boy Evan, who is 13 months. Never thought I would be a momma, and it is such a blessing. I just give him kisses, sing to him Silent Night and cuddle with him while watching the Grinch and Charlie Brown. I feel like the luckiest gal in the universe.

The husband hooked me up with a fabu Kate Spade bag and leopard wallet. And my Moms gave me closet organizers. So, I've been in closet organization mode since yesterday. Christmas makes me feel SO freakin' unorganized. Argh.

Can not wait for New Year's reveal day. My favs...

Seachica said...

Congrats, @Baka!

That whipped cream vodka is to die for. I had a cocktail last week that had that and an orange liquor. It tasted exactly like an orange julius.

My Hanukkah gift was a Kate Spade purse.

Cindy said...

yay dollface and Baka Neko -- nothing better than spending holidays with people you love!

Got a Kindle Fire, which is cool -- now if I could just figure out what to do with it :)

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

Blueberry - That whipped cream vodka tastes great with orange juice. It's like a 50/50 bar, fantastic!

Christine! said...

I was forced to mingle with my vegan bulimic niece- who is drugged up to the point no one can hold a converstaion with her...besides that gorgeous gift of crap- we had a wonderful christmas!
PS Glad the troops are coming home...my 2012 wish for everyone is that Iraq can establish a foothold in the world vs letting the ignorant bastards take over and ruin what little tiny steps that have been made in their behalf towards progress...good luck Middle East.

nunaurbiz said...

For the first time, I was invited to my honey's family's house for their big Christmas Eve party. I met his dad for the first time (used to work with his mom) and relatives. Ate too much (his mom's tamales mmmmmmm). They open presents Christmas Eve and his mom even had one for me! That wasn't the only surprise because she gave me a necklace very similar to the one my mom gave me years ago (my mom died 10 years ago).

I told my best friend I felt like Sandra Bullock in "While You Were Sleeping" and she said, "That's good, but let's hope it doesn't end the same way because she ended up with the brother!"

On Christmas Day, my honey and I went to see "War Horse," which we both loved (and I cried throughout the last third!).

It was my best Christmas since my dad died four years ago!

SusanB said...

@dollface - please thank your husband for his service to our country.

We spent a quiet day at home after early morning Mass - made prime rib and baked potatoes and had our once a week drink (we're so boring!). This after Christmas eve at his brother's with his pregnant crackhead ho niece who SWEARS she's clean. Plenty of drama at THAT dinner!

Nicole Renee said...

For me.. it was nice. I got to spend the day just me and my kiddo.. NOTHING is better than that.. for HER tho.. SHIT, UTTER GARBAGE. My ex's family (including him) are just controlling, greedy assholes. She lives with ME. rarely spends time with him, and they made her leave all her christmas gifts at HIS HOUSE, where she'll never use them. JUST STUPID. She's still upset about it all... I hate when she's sad.. So, could have been better, but it is what it is... right?

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Miss X said...

My family had a couple of guys from our church's rehab program join us for Christmas (one is already like a brother to me). We included them in all the family fun, including presents. I don't think they expected presents b/c there is no way they could buy us anything. I didn't spend a lot on them b/c I don't have much right now but it is fun to give. :)

Best present I got was a new tv! My family is feeding my tv addiction. My family doesn't give bad presents.

And I enjoyed playing games with the family. And eating. Lots of food this year.

BigMama said...

congrats on the marriage, condolences on the family dramas and "get better soons" for all the illness....which is how I spent my holiday.

Santa was kind enough to bring Strep to my house for Christmas. 3 children, a husband having to work through the holiday and a very tired momma trying to keep ill toddlers entertained and a well meaning Grannie out of the house (I would die if she got this) meant a not so merry Christmas. Oh well, there is always next year. Happy Holidays to all!

New Life and Attitude said...

Getting a divorce so I stayed home by myself with my dogs. Didn't watch a single Christmas program this year and instead watched a marathon of true crime shows on cable. I did visit a bit of my family on Christmas Eve so that I could drop gifts off, and I got to deal with my drunk brother. Then dropped off gifts for my nieces and nephews on his side, and that was just oh so pleasant. Fun times!!!!!!! Bah Freakin' humbug! I did go out shopping and bought myself some very nice gifts though! = )

Henriette said...

Hope everyone had great holidays or at least semi-peaceful ones.

It was quiet!
The twins will be one next month, so this was their first Christmas! They just looked at the tree. The lights fascinated them.

My husband never really celebrated Christmas before (he's Buddhist and a Persian Jew), so it was fun for him, especially with my all things Christmas mother. We go to Midnight Mass (only time I go to church) and come home to presents. My twins slept through it, and I was so proud! Nothing more embarrassing than a crying baby in church.

Did you know they changed a lot of the Catholic Mass? I was a tad confused. No more "peace be with you," but "spirit with you."

I got hubby these plants he wanted for his garden. I have him eight for the eight days of Hanuka. We couldn't have a fire because of the air quality problems in the Bay Area though :( That didn't stop our idiot neighbors though :(

I got the first season of the Walking Dead! I'm a flesh eating affectionado. Got the newest Winnie the Pooh cartoon CD, and I might share it with the boys, and I got a black and white diamond sterling silver spider necklace! I love spiders:)

It was a good Christmas.

weezie said...

I had a crazy Christmas. My husband and I were cleaning like crazy to have people over, then we realized that all of our kids presents were still at my place of employment, which I had been storing them at. My brother was snoozing in the guest bedroom, so we went to get the presents at about 4 am. We got stopped by a train for over an hour, and when we got back my middle child was grinning at us through the window. Luckily he doesn't believe in Santa. But the worst part was that my husband and I had to spend the entire day with family coming in and out, cooking, opening ft. knox-like packaging of our kid's toys with NO SLEEP. I would not advise this for anyone. I did get a vintage '57 stand mixer that purrs like a kitten, so that was nice :)

feraltart said...

Congratulations on loved ones coming home safe, marriages, and first Christmases with much wanted children.
Had a wonderful Christmas Day. My husband, myself, my Dad and my brother. My dad hadn't seen my brother in two years. My brother is an alcoholic and it can be tense to say the least. He did drink, but held it well. I only had two beers because he texted me to pick him up at lunchtime, so I stayed sober so I could drive him home. It was lovely. We had a roast, baked veggies, steamed veggies and a salad. Not too many nibblies so I don't have food left over. My best present, which is a joint birthday/Christmas present, is my piano. I am back at childhood level, but I am only playing for my enjoyment.

OMAMA is BROKO said...

I cooked Christmas dinner for the very first time.

And all lived to tell.

redronnie said...

Watched the grand-kids rip into their presents, Christmas eve with us and Christmas day at the kids. The boy made it home and it was a wonderful two days. We watched four seasons of the Big Bang Theory..my heart broke to read on-line of the Christmas fire in Connecticut, our prayers go out to the family. I hugged my grand-daughters a little longer

Sherry said...

@Dollface..Your holiday sounds wonderful. I can only imagine how hamn dappy you were to have your husband home.

Christmas Eve was dinner with the man, his sis and mom and my friend drove down to join us for a (dungeness) crab feast. Christmas day was brunch with the Jewish sisters in law whose twins played their instruments for us.

No gifts were exchanged because we all have too much and I am unemployed. Were I not in such a state I would have suggested giving to a charity as we have done in the past.

ardleigh said...

I worked at the hospital then went home to a simple christmas. My stove broke 2 weeks before and spending that much before Christmas sucked!

HudsonJoe said...

@dollface

Please thank your husband for his service.

Glad to hear you enjoyed your Christmas in NYC.

Joe

Anonymous said...

I was locked up in the psych ward.

dbfreak said...

I had a great day at my parents' with the whole family and good food and watching my nieces' & nephews' excitement opening up all their gifts.

That all ended when I got home at 8 p.m. - a pipe had burst under my sink in one of the bathrooms and my entire house was flooded - 1-2 inches of standing water in every room!! Plumber came and fixed the leak and I had to call a water remediation company to come and extract the water. That was over with at about 5 a.m. and my savings account was $1,000 lighter :( My cats got infested with fleas overnight after the water was extracted. I've treated them, and am now very patiently waiting for the plague of locusts to descend upon me ;).

Rita said...

^Hang in there!

Robin the Mad Photographer said...

Congratulations and/or sympathy wherever they're due, and do tell us about the mental hospital... (I don't mean to sound snarky; I really am curious! You must be doing much better to be home by now, though.)

Had a nice, quiet Christmas at my best friend's house w/her dad, his GF, and a spiral-sliced ham...oh, and I made chocolate chip cookie dough truffles for dessert. OM NOM NOM! Then came home & spent quality time w/my kittycat, who for some unknown reason decided that, since I was home for 3 days, I should be feeding her every 3 hours, silly girl.

On a sadder note, a friend of mine who'd been in the hospital since mid-November (broken femur caused a pulmonary embolism) passed away yesterday afternoon; she'd been in a medically-induced coma on a ventilator while her lungs healed, and seemed to be slowly getting better, but her heart and kidneys finally gave out. She'll be very much missed by a very large number of people... :-(

Rowan said...

Dollface: Happy to hear that your husband is home safe.

Baka Neko: Congrats to you and your new wife. Many years of happiness and joy to you both.

Everyone else: Happy Holidays, one way or another :0)

My Christmas, well, my drama queen Mother has created chaos since Thanksgiving, so the actual Christmas holiday went over quite well without her being there. I spent 4 days straight cooking for the rest of the family. No family fights, amazingly, and not one "issue". Snowed all day on Christmas; it was a white Christmas after all. Jewelry silversmithing tools from the husband made the holiday awesome. Brother on the otherhand received a 12 pack of beer with 1 smashed bottle, which poured beer all out the bottom of the case. Scotch tape and Santa decorated wrapping paper doesn't stop 16 oz. of beer from pouring out everywhere.

Caroline said...

I spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day driving across the country. My husband got a job in Denver, his first day was today. It is very stressful but at the same time I am glad he has a job. So that was my present.

MadLyb said...

I got nothin', and it was great. I brought some "stocking stuffers" for my family. My daughter loved the iPad and my Nephew liked his cognac, pipe and tobacco. We don't officially celebrate Christmas until New Year's anyway, but it was fun bringing gifts. And the best Christmas present of all is that I don't want or need anything.

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

I got a whack of great presents, but the best was probably the Kitchen-Aid mixer.

Rita said...

^lucky Sue, I've been wanting one forever!

Lori said...

My sister and I had a lovely Hanukkah meal of roast, latke and root veggies that I cooked and then we exchanged gifts. We grew up with one jewish parent and one christian, so we always have a Hanukkah bush and give larger gifts on Christmas as a nod towards our father's traditions. I got a new bed frame that I had been eyeing for quite some time...verrrrry surprised!!

Sis said...

My husband and I do not exchange gifts, we make a donation to a charity instead, this year it is the Lone Oak Horse Rescue in Northern California.

On Christmas Eve, I had words with a step sister and her mother (who is also my cousin on my moms side) over one of my sisters, and another sister chimed in as well as the step mother, I hate arguing with drunk people but I had to stand up for my sister. She is a single mom, no child support and she needs every dollar, she chose to work both days. They all have money and do not struggle with money, so they do not understand. They were pissed that she did not go to Christmas Eve. I also argued with my brother in law who has the nerve to talk about my mother in my dads home. Usually I let it go but not this year. Christmas Day was peaceful with all of the kids at my moms house, no booze so my sisters do not show up.

I think next year we will spend it with my sister.

:)

Anonymous said...

I had a rough relapse and got all suicidal and like 100 cops came but I wouldn't let them in. Then I was gunna drive and jump off the Holiday Inn but my friend said I could hurt someone if I tried to drive and I didn't want to hurt anybody so my neighbor took me to the hospital and I was put on a three day hold. They gave us presents on the ward, a pendelton jacket. I love it and it was my favorite gift actually. But I really didn't get anything else.

Lelaina Pierce said...

I spent most of the weekend at my parent's house. No spectacularly good or bad gifts this year. Got a little toasted with my husband's family, a few days prior to Christmas. No plungers, but whiskey is on my "no drink" list.

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