I ended up getting sick (again!) on Christmas Eve, so I didn't go to Midnight Mass with most of the family; I went in the evening. The 13-year-old got it worse and ended up sleeping through most of Christmas Day, unable to eat anything.
It was a lowkey, but fun, Christmas Day. I managed to spend very little money and still please everyone on the gift front. The 5-year-old got the scooter he'd been wanting; the 7-year-old got the doll she'd been eying; the 11-year-old got a clock radio/iPod docking station; the 13-year-old got shirts he'd been needing anyway.
The relatives gave the kids a whole bunch of iTunes gift cards, which, of course, works to my advantage -- since a lot of their musical taste comes from me.
Paul got me a gift card to the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. He told me he'd almost got me a Pinkberry gift card before remembering that I don't eat that stuff. Fortunately for him, I find his absentmindedness rather cute.
I got him some interesting beers and Jose Canseco's book on the steroid scandal in baseball, which I found at the 99 Cents Only store. He needs some clothes, and I'll take him shopping later because I could buy him great clothes that he wouldn't necessarily like. He got a lot of hassle from his mother about the way he dressed, so I try to avoid pushing those kinds of buttons.
My holiday indulgences: Lowfat instead of nonfat yogurt. Interesting red rooibos/pomegranate tea. I accidentally bought a full-fat Greek yogurt this morning, and it was interesting how much longer it took me to get hungry again.
The best thing about our family's long Christmas celebration is I dug up some great deals at the grocery store this morning, including broccolini. (And much more fun stuff for the kids.)
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