Christmas this year (my 42nd on this planet) has been engineered to be different from so many previous Christmas holidays. No large tree. No gathering of family. Just us: Shannon, Karma the Dog, and I.
Don’t get me wrong, I *love* big holidays. My in-laws are amazing and have opened their home to me for years. We used to do Christmas with my Dad and his family before he passed, and we even used to spend the holidays with my mom, sister, and nephew before Shannon and I got married. (Long story.) Large family gatherings are awesome.
When you live a life that’s perpetually being designed to seem “larger than life” in the realm of pop culture conventions and travel, the novelty of small and intimate becomes really appealing.
SO – small Christmas with the three of us, and I’m looking forward to it.
CHRISTMAS EVE will be spent on the road for a bit. Shannon and I have dinner reservations at Shula’s Steakhouse in Orlando because, as part of their Team Shula club, I get a free entree each year for my December birthday. After dinner, we’ve scored tickets to one of the handful of theaters in Florida showing The Hateful Eight on 70mm (not digital!) and – well – we both love us some Quinten Tarantino. Then we’ll drive home to wait for midnight to pass…
CHRISTMAS will kick off with a quick drive to Starbucks (thanks for being open!) and then home for Christmas music and presents. We love opening presents. We REALLY LOVE watching Karma open presents. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0LrxZlla74
Then, after most likely napping, we have late lunch/early dinner reservations at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort – the place where we got married.
Beyond that? Who knows. Who cares. It will be the three of us.