The holidays were upon us. Our guests left and I started getting the house ready. I pulled out our small Christmas tree and was perplexed as to where to put it. We had acquired another teenager and more furniture and space was at a premium. As if I didn’t already know that. I rearranged some furniture and finally found a spot for the tree. I was able to print out a picture of Aron to include in the cards but Davin refused to cooperate. It didn’t seem right to not include Davin in our family picture for the holidays. But, it was his decision.
Aron had enjoyed snow boarding when we lived in Washington state and I thought the boys would like to partake of the sport. Our theme for the boys gifts this year would be to finish outfitting them for snowboarding. They already had boards and boots but they would need all the necessary outer wear. I set about finding the appropriate ski clothes for two very opposite sizes. Aron was needing something in an extra tall and Davin, at best, was a medium. Shopping is an activity I don’t particularly enjoy, but I was actually having some fun shopping for the boys. They both had seen some fleece blankets they wanted. It was interesting to note what the boys wanted in Alaska versus what they asked for when living in the lower 48. They never asked for blankets, of all things.
Still, I picked out the outer wear and took them shopping as well. They needed to buy gifts for Phil and some of their friends and Aron wanted to get something for his girlfriend. I told Phil that I wanted a video camera for Christmas. We live in such a beautiful place. I really wanted to start documenting our whole life.
It was an absolutely magical time of year. It was gently snowing everyday. Anchorage had been decked out with tons of lights for over a month. I hid almost every evening in our bedroom and wrapped presents. There was no such thing as hiding them and being able to wrap them at my convenience. We lived in less than 800 square feet and there was no place to hide them. So they were wrapped immediately. Aron was nagging me to buy him the fleece blanket he had picked out. He wanted it before Christmas because he was cold he said. It was already under the tree and I had to keep playing dumb with him.
We enjoyed Christmas Eve immensely. We were talking and laughing. Davin was in rare form and keeping us entertained with stories of his latest escapades. He is such a charming person. I was definitely going to miss him when he returned home. But for now, we were a family, and enjoying each others company. Our churches midnight mass was beautiful and left everyone with glowing feeling.
The kids were beyond excited. We went to bed and left the boys to fall asleep in their room when their movie was over.
Finally, the morning we had all been waiting for, Christmas morning!! I could tell that Aron was catching Davin’s enthusiasm. He was hardly ever excited when he was the only one really getting gifts. But with Davin here, he was definitely catching the Christmas Spirit. The boys tore into their gifts and Davin was the self appointed gift distributor. It was priceless and I enjoyed absolutely every second of it. Phil indeed gave me the video camera I had asked for. I put it to use immediately. It was so very special being a family like this. I had put our Christmas dinner in the oven and the boys were enjoying their gifts. What a special day this had been. I would never forget the Christmas of 2009!!!!