Welp, I am writing this from a very bashful place. I am a person who puts a whole lot of pressure on myself day-to-day, so I feel really horrible about not keeping up with the blog for the last week. I really didn’t feel well and then in the later week was swamped with holiday things, but I’m not one for excuses. Instead, I’ll just give you a rundown of my holiday weekend! Because we’re cool, right?
In my house, Christmas Eve is the busiest workday of the year. My father runs five, count ‘em, FIVE services at church, Rico and I help with a few services, and mom cooks a ton of food for the people who work with dad throughout the night. I woke up around 7 AM and was on and active from 9 AM - 9 PM. I cleaned the house, wrapped presents, gave mom a hand once in awhile, and was in the shower by 3 PM. My brother Rico and my close friends Olivia, Jess, and I have been a part of dad’s Christmas skit for years. At his 5:30 and 7 PM services, he has a 15 minute puppet show in lieu of a sermon. It is always fun-filled and silly and who in their right mind wants to listen to a sermon on Christmas Eve?
We got to church around 4:30 and did all of our costume prep, which really just means making our halos out of garland. We did our two services without issue, and with a much needed pizza break in between. I felt the Mirena Crash effects pretty strongly around the 7 PM service mark, but it was alright. Afterwards we had a small number of people over for about an hour. Here’s a picture of Rico putting his stocking on our god-sister Maggie’s foot:
And, surprising all of us, we had the best late-night of Christmas Eve ever! Rico and I waited up for dad and he surprised us by bringing home our family friends, the Klings! Soon mom had awoken and we were all telling stories and joking around in the kitchen. We only stayed up for an hour, but that meant we were vibing from 12:30 - 1:30 AM! As dad says, that was the most fun we’ve ever had after midnight on Christmas Eve.
CHRISTMASSSSS!!! Maybe the best Christmas morning since childhood, in fact. We opened many thoughtful gifts and my parents really outdid themselves on the scale of thoughtfulness, especially my dad. He spent SIX MONTHS making us six mix CDs, mostly with music from the 60 and 70s, but some of it goes up through the 90s. He always gets us new-old music to enjoy, but this year he wanted to gift us the best of the best. In terms of writing and musicianship, these tracks are freaking fabulous. Because it's all so good, I have made it into a Spotify Playlist as to share it with others, like you! After breakfast, my family left for grandma’s and I went to spend the day with Adam and his family.
Brunch at Harvest (a Hershey Hotel restaurant) with Adam and his family, watching The Wolf Of Wall Street (which is SO FREAKING LONG), and an Ugly Sweater Party with many friends! Here’s a pick of us pre-party with Trampus O’Riley.
The end of the Christmas celebrations. How bittersweet. I was up by 7:30 AM to sing at dad’s special caroling services (that morning alarm was certainly a bitter part). I did the Barenaked Ladies’ version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings, as well as helping dad with his animal song. If anyone is really itching to hear either, they are on the Trinity Mount Joy Youtube channel, along with the Christmas Eve puppet sketch. After church, we headed up to my grandma’s house for turkey, wine, and togetherness. I beat Adam in two bets (centered around the young ones playing a ridiculous game called Iceberg Seals) to win free food and movie tickets. Note this picture of Rico and our cousin Becca drinking chocolate milk made her state of the art chocolate-milk-maker.
Overall, a pretty kickin' holiday season. Now excuse me while I sleep for 12 hours (like I did last night) and color up a storm with my new coloring book and gel pens. It’s good to be an adult.