The Life Unwired with Ben Combee (unwiredben) wrote,
The Life Unwired with Ben Combee

Christmas Eve with the Family

Christmas Eve 2004 is over, and the Combee family has retired to our rooms to catch some sleep. As usual, we had our family gathering immediately after candlelight service at Varnell United Methodist. It was my sister, mom, dad, and Aunt Kaye all gathered here at Chez Parents. Dinner was a mishmash of different foods; my sister made portabella cordon bleu for me and chicken cordon bleu for everyone else. I made my chipolte black bean dip. Dad prepared Waldorf salad, and Mom put together steamed asparagus. There was a ham too, but I didn't pay much attention to that; Mom's dog Vanna seemed to take a lot of interest in the leftover hambone.

After dinner, we gathered in the living room for our gift exchange. We each have customary spots, we distribute the wrapped presents from under the tree to everyone, then process taking turns opening a gift. My aunt got a series of envelopes with a picture of a concrete mix bag, a picture of a wooden post, and, finally, a picture of a new mailbox with installation instructions. Everyone ended up getting a lot of nice items; I do feel like we overdo it a bit, but we all like finding neat things for each other, so where's the harm? My personal haul included the book "Live From New York" about the history of Saturday Night Live, a book of commentary on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, an EyeToy for my PS2, and several vegetarian cookbooks, including one that's a flipbook of recipies with its own stand.

I've got one more day here in Dalton, then I head to Atlanta for a couple of days. I'm looking forward to the third day of Christmas party that my friend Strick is throwing down at the Georgia Tech campus; it's always a bit of a geek fest, but there's a lot of friends there. I'm also going to get to see vernard for sure, and I hope to see keymasterogozer, vic_acid, and zorathenne also.
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