I don’t know how anybody could have had a better Christmas than I did. I had all of the family here, and I got to give them things they wanted, and they gave me things I wanted, and we all enjoyed each other and the good feelings of the season. Right up to the time Aiden got violently sick, it was all perfect.
So we were missing Aiden and his parents and sister by the time the dinner bell rang, but we still had D.J. and Dakota and Eric and John and Suzanne and Mom and me. That left a lot of extra elbow room around the table, but still, it would have been nice if we all could have been here.
One reason it would have been perfect is that I got, as part of my Christmas haul, a complete set of dishes, glasses and silverware for all four kids. Strawberry Shortcake for Kylie, Cars for Aiden, the Backyardigans for Dakota and Superman for D.J. Even though the babies couldn’t use them this Christmas, it bodes well for the future. If I have all this stuff, it’s so it can be used, and we’ll have to have another all-family occasion some time soon.
As for me, I did pretty well on the material part of the holiday. It was a kitchen extravaganza for me, so I guess I got the point across that I don’t have the ability to entertain, with only three forks and three wine glasses and one water glass. Not only did I get glasses and silverware, but I also scored a full eight-piece set of dinnerware, with matching salad plates and mugs. (I also got the gigundis measuring cup and the electric skillet I requested.)
In fact, I spent a lot of the afternoon washing the new items so that we could use them for dinner. And I’ll spend the next couple of days organizing what’s left of my old set of dinnerware and flatware, so that I can give them away. Now that I have enough for the whole family, I don’t need all the odd plates and glasses, or the mismatched forks and spoons. I just hope I get a chance to use all this new stuff again some time soon.