I had a wonderful Christmas! We had Christmas Eve dinner at my grandmother's house. There wasn't a lot of food, because our power company decided to cut the entire town's power for a few hours on Christmas Eve for some reason, but we had a good time visiting and eating the food that those more prepared than I am had cooked ahead of time.
My parents and my sister spent the night with us that night, and I don't think any of us slept well. It wasn't the excitement; it was a nasty windstorm that had us all awake from about 3 am! My sister's boyfriend came over first thing in the morning for our gift exchange. I loved my gifts (a lot of great CDs from my parents and a computer game, Dream Day Anniversary, from my sister), and I feel safe saying that they all loved their gifts also. The best moment was when my dad opened his gifts from me. I got him a leather-bound Louis L'Amour book. L'Amour is his favorite author, and he has a few of these editions, but he knows they're out of print. He was thrilled to get a like-new one! Then he opened his second book. As he was slo-o-o-owly unwrapping and talking, he was telling us about this other series that he loves, and how he would love to eventually get all of those, but they're out of print too. And then he finished unwrapping and realized that I had gotten him the next in that very series! My talkative dad was almost speechless for a minute! His jaw dropped and he said, "Where did you find this?! No, really, where did you find this?!?" That was a priceless moment.
Then we had breakfast, which has become one of my favorite parts of Christmas, because it's the one time of year that I get biscuits and gravy! How Southern is that? My husband is a fantastic cook, but he can't (or won't--I'm not sure which) fix gravy like my mom does.
Then it was on to my other grandparents' house and more family time, food, and gifts!
Finally, after we were exhausted, my husband and I got home and exchanged our gifts. He's such a good gift-picker-outer. He got me the one book that I just had to have, a new Bluetooth headset for my phone, two more CDs that I really wanted, and I can't even remember everything. Oh, a new tiny little camera that I can carry around with me all the time, and it's my favorite shade of blue!
So I used my little camera to take a picture of my bookish loot.
Not too, too many books, but considering that I still have unread Christmas book gifts from last year, I won't complain! I got:
Muse and Reverie by Charles de Lint--My have-to-have book this Christmas
Origins: The Art of John Jude Palencar--I love this guy's cover art, and this is a gorgeous book. If an author wants me to read his or her book, they should have Palencar do the cover. I flipped through quickly and thought, "I've read that, that, that, that, that..." I wonder if it really is the art?
North Carolina Weekends by Lynn Setzer, because my husband and I love our long weekend trips and we're always looking for new places to visit
The True Night Before Christmas by Timothy Penland, illustrated by his 9-year-old granddaughter
Twisted Whiskers: I Only Have Eyes For You
The Ultimate Book of Lighthouses by Samuel Willard Crompton
A couple of review magazines, Bookmarks and RT Book Reviews, and the offer of a subscription to either, if I like one of them. Any thoughts on that?
A few bookmarks--I love those post-it flag bookmarks!
A "GoodReads--Reading is cool" sticker for my car
I hope you enjoyed your Christmas as much as I enjoyed mine!