I have to say, this was a wonderful Christmas. The best part about it was being able to spend it with my family. I haven’t been up here for Christmas in 8 years, and I really have missed the holidays without them. I think just being able to spend Christmas with them was the best present of all. I know that sound cheesy, but it’s true.

Christmas with my family is a three day affair. My parents are divorced so I go over to my Dad’s for a celebration, this year it was on Friday night. On Christmas Eve we celebrate with my older brother since he spends Christmas day at his in-laws. And then on Christmas we celebrate at my mom’s house. I’m hoping that in the future I can take on the Christmas day celebration to give my mom a break, but I will need a bigger house for that.

Raf and I spent most of the day on Christmas just relaxing. I got up really early and filled up our stockings to suprise him when he woke up. Then I waited for him to get up so we could open our presents.
How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation AnywhereThe theme for Raf this year was “outdoors.” My dad gave him a sick backpack for overnight backpacking trips, my mom got him a little camp stove. And I got him the book, “How to stay alive in the woods.” I saw it and HAD to get it for him. It has a green, rubber cover and waterproof pages. So up his alley. He was reading some passages from it to me yesterday and we were just laughing. Did you know that if you happen to find yourself lost at sea the blood of a seagull is a good substitute for drinking water? The book is filled with all kinds of advice like that. so funny.

Hope everyone reading this is having a wonderful holiday season, whatever holiday you celebrate!