All smiles

I think this is the fourth year in a row that I’ve blogged on Christmas day. It would have been six, but in 2007, I went overseas to visit family and didn’t have internet access for most of the time there, so I wasn’t able to write a post wishing anyone a good Christmas. My WordPress posts only go as far back as 2009, though. πŸ˜‰

As usual, I stayed at home. It was quite the tradition to go to a family friend’s house and join in celebrations, but everyone has been rather busy for the past couple of years so no one has held the annual Christmas parties that were “a thing” back when I was in primary school and early high school. Now that most of the children are older, it becomes more of a social gathering where everyone wants to find out what everyone’s sons and daughters are doing and parents have the opportunity to brag about their youngest child doing accelerated geography. I am that proud of Brandon that I am honoured to be his older sister and I feel like it’s worth mentioning how much of a smart cookie he is.

We were chatting to our neighbours (an elderly couple) earlier this evening and they congratulated us on passing milestones in our education. For me, that would be a Bachelor degree, and Brandon, his junior School Certificate. We got into talking about jobs and what we enjoyed doing or studying or were good at, and since we’re both really good with computers (though different sides of the spectrum, I might add, since Brandon is a video and gaming whiz and I’m a web whiz), they said they should call us when they have a problem with their computer. My mum made a point that my brother is on the computer a lot, but he still does well at school – even better than I did at his age, might I add – and I felt the need to throw in the comment that if he was a snack he’d be a cookie with glasses. πŸ˜›

My mum really liked her present! I got her a silicone-covered porcelain cup for her coffee and a home journal with tips on how to maintain a lovely home. Unfortunately the cup had a chip in the rim that I didn’t notice, so she wants me to try and get a refund. I don’t have a receipt though – so hopefully I can get it exchanged at least, because she really loves it. She said she was very touched that I got her a gift. As I’ve mentioned in previous Christmas posts, Christmas isn’t much of a thing for our busy family.

I got my dad a huge book of sudoku puzzles. I hope that lasts him the year, haha! My brother was very happy with his $50 credit for arcade games.

I think I’ve spoiled myself enough for Christmas by buying notebooks and things earlier this month, not to mention tickets to shows… so I’m relieved I didn’t get too many gifts. James gave me a lovely bangle and my neighbour gave me a diary. Next week though, my dad is probably going to buy me an LCD monitor for me to use along with my laptop. I have been stuck with a CRT for years, which can damage my laptop if I use it with it. I am hoping to trash my CRT too – the technology is ridiculously old. And I’ll have more space on my desk with a new monitor. ☺️

I also wanted to shout out to my awesome friend Dylan – it’s his birthday today. πŸ˜„ β™₯️ He’s also able to come with me to the Jebediah concert so I’m so thankful for that. I would have hated to go alone, prepared as I was.

I have added two premade layouts called Rose and Dirt, and that completes the Pastel Collection series of seven. I am working on a new series which should be released by next week. I might release one a day – who knows. Seven are in the series too, and they have varying styles and colours. I hope they become really popular so stay tuned.

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas if you do celebrate it, and happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends, and happy holiday season to everyone else. Much love. 😍

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