This Christmas I wish for you that all the wrapping paper you receive is old newspaper or recycled kids art-works and that it ends up mulching your gardens.
I hope everyone appreciates the effort you've put into your hand-made gifts.
Hoping your children don't receive any presents made with poisonous plastics or lead paint.
May your in-laws NOT feed the kids too many artificial food additives.
I wish for you that you don't receive too much crap that you will have to keep because you'd feel too guilty to give it straight to good-will.
I hope that none of your friends or relatives argue or get too drunk and obnoxious.
I hope you get as much from giving as receiving.
BUT most of all have FUN and remember to LOVE
It's only one day after all. See you the other side of Christmas.
As for us, we have had a wonderful morning. Since we are soon departing with limited space, our families didn't want to buy us things we didn't need and instead gave us money for us to buy presents on their behalf. And we did! Woo hoo! Sleeping bags, new stainless steel water bottles, a few books and arty things, a few items of clothing, some edible things, etc. It was a lot of organisation, but definitely worth it since we'll have everything we need and nothing we don't want.
We're off to Nick's mum's house in a couple of hours for the Christmas feast and more presents.
We have been watching a few of the old Christmas classics like the 1969 Frosty the Snowman and the 1964 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The latter is laughably sexist and has been fodder for conversation on how attitudes change over time. Seems like we're heading for equality. I hope so.