By Wyatt Earp | December 26, 2008
Well, another Christmas has come and gone - and apparently, I have survived it. Of course, “surviving” Christmas with two boys and two new babies is about all you can hope for, so I guess we did okay.
We spent Christmas Eve at my brother-in-law’s house, where we had the traditional holiday meal: Chinese food. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was damned good. The in-laws were good enough to take Kyle and Erik to Mass, while the missus and I kept Kevin and Julia home. Too many people, with too many snot-filled noses do not a happy baby make.
He didn’t know it yet, but Fish’s present came at 5pm. Cutting it close, but UPS delivered. I was pretty proud of myself this year. Fish desperately needed new skates, and I think these fit the bill.
We got the kids home by 8pm, and immediately shuffled them off to bed. Since Kyle and Erik share a room - for now - they stayed up talking until almost 9pm. It was irritating, but at least they’d sleep in on Christmas, right?
Kyle was up by 0630, and was told that he could not leave his room until 7am. That’s the rule every year, and it is unflinchingly rigid. At exactly 7am, he work Erik and they came bounding into our room. After the missus and I woke up, we woke Kevin and Julia and made our way to the danger zone - the Christmas tree.
What happened next was a foggy haze of ripped wrapping paper and shouts of, “Oh yeah!” I would have a better recollection, but I think the missus and I slept through most of it. Amongst the kids’ favorites this year were their hockey jerseys - Kyle got the Florida Panthers and Erik got the Phoenix Coyotes - and their Playmobil sets. Kyle got the Playmobil soccer stadium and Erik got the Playmobil police station.
When they finished destroying the living room, the wife and I had about an hour before our next task - surviving my mom and sister. They came over at about 0930, and brought with them the Nintendo Wii.
Ya know, I’ve never really seen my children jump up and down while dancing and yelling, “It’s a Wii! It’s a Wii!” but it was nice to see, anyway.
When they left, I spent the next few hours putting together every item Santa didn’t have time to complete beforehand. My pace was quick, and I had a lot of help - in the form of questions like, “Are you done yet, Dad?,” from the boys while they played Wii Sports. The second I finished my production assignments, I figured I could get a few winks before going to the in-laws’ for dinner. I went upstairs, told the wife to “hold my calls,” and . . . heard Kevin crying in his bedroom.
Dammit. No sleep for me.
When I got Kevin squared away it was time to get ready for Christmas dinner. I showered, shaved, and got dressed up with my Looney Tunes Christmas tie. We packed the clan into the Family Truckster for the ride to grandma’s house. We met my mom and sister there, since they didn’t have dinner plans. We had a terrific time, but nothing could beat my mother-in-law’s lasagna. I had two guilt-free helpings. I can burn it off later, but it is too good to pass up.
The highlight of the evening was a gift my in-laws’ found online: a Wyatt Earp Gun/Knife collectible set. Personally, I thought it was awesome:
All in all, it was a pretty good day.
Oh, and for all of you folks who think I am the same cad at home as I am on the blog, I wanted to brag about my gift to the missus. Nothing says, “Thank you for four healthy kids - and our first girl” like diamond earrings!
So, did you guys get anything good this year?