Thursday, January 3, 2013
Wrapping up holidays
It was a different sort of Christmas for the Burlesons, but it was indeed another good one.
The biggest change was that Santa did not come to the house for a visit prior to the big day. Erin, our youngest was 10 (at Christmas). She turned 11 Tuesday, on New Year’s Day.
But the jolly old man from the North Pole still delivered plenty of gifts to the Burlesons and enjoyed some milk and cookies during his brief stop at our address.
Our Christmas morning adventure of unwrapping things also occurred a good bit later than normal. The college kids, Emma and Andy, wanted to “sleep in” and Erin obliged. Pam and I, up by around 8 a.m., eagerly awaited. It’s always been one of our favorites moments – when the children walk into the room on Christmas morning.
Our packages were a bit smaller this year, it seemed, in price and size. Blame it on the economy or most likely on trying to get a couple of kids through college.
Buying gifts for college students can get rather difficult.
Emma had a few requests and got most of those, plus some cash.
Andy wanted money – entirely – but he also received a couple of small surprises.
College kids can never get enough money. I remember those days well, even though they were 30 years ago. I could do pretty good eating out for about $2. But that was the 1980s, too.
And gas was much, much cheaper. Of course, then I was shocked when it rose to more than $1 a gallon. I believe this week it’s a bit over $3 a gallon.
Overall, Erin’s gifts got smaller – not necessarily less expensive – but smaller. Toys are suddenly an afterthought. Of course, she did get that new scooter in the biggest box of all.
Pam and I basically buy our own gifts. Or if not, we know what we’re getting anyway. I didn’t ask for much, and I’m still not sure how I’m going to spend that Christmas money – maybe a new TV or maybe just some much-needed new clothes.
The Saturday (December 22) before Christmas, we enjoyed our annual trip to Hamilton, Ala., for another special holiday visit with my family.
The drive over got delayed by a five-vehicle accident on Highway 78 East near New Albany, but we made it in plenty of time to eat, laugh, open gifts, play a new game that Erin received (the Logo Board Game), laugh more and eat more.
We do have a 5-year-old in the family. And watching Jake unwrap his presents was, of course, the most fun of all.
We got him a dart gun (the toy version with the soft darts) and before the night was over, we were all dodging those darts.
We had all the favorite foods again – including my mom’s homemade dressing and my favorite, the banana pudding.
Starting on Saturday and continuing through the middle of last week, I felt like I ate more this Christmas than ever. By Friday, I exclaimed “no more turkey.” I wanted a hamburger.
On the Sunday afternoon (December 23) before Christmas, we had a surprise visit from Pam’s brother, Mike, who lives in Nashville, Tenn. It was wonderful and put the “icing on the cake” as far as the joyous holiday season.
From the Burlesons to all of you, Happy New Year!
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