In the spirit of the season there will be no tirade today. Instead I bring you tidings of comfort, joy, optimism, and other various Christmas related dogma. It is Christmas Eve, after all!
This is the first time in my entire life I have not been at home with my parents and family for Christmas. We’re sad we can’t make it back to Syracuse for the holidays but plane tickets are a little out of reach, and since the wife is no longer following an academic schedule (same for me) it’s harder to travel because we no longer have weeks off during the holiday seasons. And there is no way we’re driving from Houston to Syracuse as it would take about three days each way. But, we’re making the best of it! We’re going to have our own little Christmas down here in Houston; without the snow, without the cold. We’re going to do some video chatting with my parents and Grandpa on Christmas day. I’m thinking maybe even open presents together via video chat on Christmas morning. Cheesy, but fun.
We’ve decorated our little apartment with some lights, and put up our little tree (picture above). Many other families in the complex have decorated outside with lights as well – I love seeing this kind of spirit at apartment complexes! Last year at our complex in Knoxville we were only one of about 5 apartments that decorated. Lots more this year here in Houston!
The wife and I have treated ourselves to new bikes for Christmas, as you’ve probably seen. Even the bikes will be getting Christmas presents, too. They’ve got some new pedals and water bottle cages coming! They don’t know it yet though – it’s a surprise. LEGO Santa may be making an appearance later today as well so stay tuned here for some photos. It’ll be weird with no snow but we’ll see what Santa can come up with.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone.