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Sunday, December 27, 2009

So, how was it?

Christmas is over and now we're heading full-steam ahead to...next Christmas. That's how it seems to me, anyway. When I was little, it seemed like Christmas was, well, as slow as Christmas but now the years are whizzing by at an alarming speed. I suppose there's both good and bad in that but it is what it is. As we get older, the earth apparently turns faster -- a little detail which isn't picked up by NASA.

We had a good Christmas -- a day of excess any way you look at it -- too many presents, too much food. But that's what it's all about, right? Well, no, but that's what we've made it -- myself included. I'd love to have a Christmas which was spent simply being together -- maybe exchanging small tokens -- and not having it be the all-out frenzy it always ends up becoming.

Our family Christmas gathering usually numbers around ten -- depending on who can come. I mentioned before that when the kids were small, we put a moratorium on traveling so, since then, we've always had Christmas here at our house. But, now that everyone is pretty much grown, who knows? Maybe next year, Shannon will want to host her first Christmas gathering at her own house! And I'd dearly love to experience a white Christmas one day -- never had one of those -- barely have had a white anything. My goal is to ride in a "one horse open sleigh". I'd love to spend a Christmas in Williamsburg, Virginia -- or in New York City.

Anyway, I got a lot of nice presents this year -- the small ones mean just as much as the big ones. Mark told me that he was getting me something I might not use. My first thought was why get it then? But my second thought was that it was probably a Kindle - and I was right. I don't know how much I'll use it right now -- I think it'll be great for traveling or for periodicals but I still like the feel of an actual book in my hand. But I've had fun with it already and I'm sure it'll come in handy. Using the Kindle in bed will probably be a no-no -- the book I'm reading usually hits the floor as I fall asleep. But he did buy insurance on the thing...

So, another Christmas over and done. Now, maybe I can catch up on all of the non-Christmas related things which I let fall by the wayside -- like reading other blogs, posting on my forum -- and, oh, yeah -- laundry.

Hope your holy-days were good! Now, on to a new year...

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  1. Did you know that more Kindles were sold on Amazon during the Christmas shopping season than hardcopy books were sold? At least that's what I understand.

    Glad you had a good Christmas, and for those who didn't, it comes around again in about three months. :D

  2. Great to hear that you had a fun Christmas. You will enjoy the Kindle. My three girls and "The Boss", all got one early for Christmas and they rave about them. I am looking forward to the new year and see what happenes.

  3. I'm not surprised that the Kindle was a big seller -- I imagine that eventually most books will only be available in e-book format rather than hard copies -- but I think it'll be awhile before there'll be a total switchover. I'm torn about it -- I'm not quite ready to give up actual books entirely. And, to be honest, I can get books cheaper through Paperbackswap than I could buying them for the Kindle.

    Yeah, Christmas was pretty fun -- but nothing wildly exciting -- but, then again, wildly exciting isn't all it's cracked up to be!!

  4. When I think of wildly exciting, I think back problems.