After our not-quite-traditional Thanksgiving, I wanted a more-traditional Christmas. December turned out to be a very busy month at work and in graduate school, so I had to compromise. I only put up a Christmas tree the week before the holiday (maybe I’ll compensate by leaving it up until July 4th), and we decorated it with lights alone, leaving the ornaments in their boxes. The Christmas presents were placed in decorative bags instead of being wrapped with paper, or just distributed unwrapped.
Despite the earlier time pressures, we had a relaxing weekend, spent Christmas with family members, met some friends who came to town, and even got outside to enjoy some unseasonably warm weather.
I hope all of you had a great Christmas with your families.
P.S. The Grinch didn’t raid our house — this was after the presents were opened.