The Beadstork family is a bit eccentric. I will seamlessly offer proof in the form of a list of our Christmas Day activities:
1. My husband did actual billable computer work. On Christmas. He works EVERY DAY. And he fixed my Mom’s computer.
2. My father consumed an entire pound of homemade fudge between the hours of 9 AM and 7 PM.
3. My daughter’s favorite gift was a bow and arrow – a toy, but much better made and high tech. She spent the entire day shooting the suction cup arrow down the hall into the front door. By bedtime she had a blister.
4. We ran the dishwasher 3 times.
5. I gave my husband a sterling silver chain maille choker that I made, worth hundreds of dollars. He gave me a library book that he made my daughter wrap.
6. We spent a good part of midday creating multicolored polymer high bounce balls with a chemical reaction that occurred in our kitchen.
7. My father read me poetry out of his poetry book that he published.
8. We had an exhaustive conversation about social status and personal responsibility. Somehow it turned into a discussion about how longbows and crossbows had rendered body armor obsolete.
9. My mom Facebook messaged me from her computer upstairs to my phone downstairs : “So where are you spending Christmas this year? Ohio? North Dakota?” From downstairs I messaged back: “Um… at your house?”
10. An enormous Wile E Coyote wearing a Santa hat sat in one of the living room chairs the whole weekend.
11. My mom gave me this AWESOME “Happy Light” designed to treat seasonal depression that I can also use to make my jewelry. Bonus: she says she got it free with the purchase of a lightbulb that cost a fraction of the free lamp!
12. We drank 3 pitchers of Crystal Light lemonade.
13. My father spent the day reading my “gift” book from the library. He’s a quarter of the way through already.
14. My seventy-something mom showed us videos on her smartphone.
15. My husband spent the evening reading a book on beginning meditation. New obsession!
16. Mom turned the sound off for every TV commercial during The Grinch.
17. My daughter and my mom made the annual “granddaughter-grandmother” cheese ball from scratch – a tradition now spanning 4 generations.
18. There were exotic chickens roaming through our yard. The peacocks were off duty today.
19. We temporarily lost the cat.
20. We found a picture of my friend’s dad on Facebook that had a mysterious glow between his legs, and three generations giggled about “Christmas balls”
21. I tantalized my daughter with tales of a tongue twister that results in horrible obscenities if said incorrectly.
22. We schemed to take up money to buy the neighbor a new muffler, since the poor man clearly can’t afford one.
23. My dad would have eaten all the mint brownies, so mom had to hide them.
24. We discussed the pros and cons of collecting copays up front in a doctor’s office.
25. I taught my daughter about super-nummerary nipples. She asked me if I have an extra boob, and when I said no, she said “Aww… I wanted a special mom!”. I told her that I am way too special already without one.
26. We discussed the importance of protecting book spines and dust covers.
27. I ranted about super-conservatives who equate using the word X-mas with satanism because ” you’re taking the Christ out of Christmas “. I worship Satan because I don’t write the word out longhand on every box I put back in the attic? Honestly, I told my husband, it’s not like we’re replacing the word Christ with a SKULL or anything, at which point my husband said, ” Bwa ha ha! Merry Skullmas!”, which became an instant family classic.
28. I got an email notifying me that I made Delta Diamond Medallion. It’s good to be the queen!
29. We argued over whether or not Will Wheaton was in Stand By Me (he was – ha!)
30. Mom read aloud an entire article about 18 little known facts about the movie A Christmas Story.
31. My daughter’s second favorite gift was a huge hardback set of the Lemony Snicket books. She lugged the box up and down the stairs all day.
32. My husband picked all the nuts out of his fudge.
33. I ate my husband’s ice cream, which made him avow eternal wrath.
34. My mom’s tuner croaked Christmas Eve, necessitating that we stream free Amazon Prime Christmas playlists off my phone via a little bullet speaker. We listened to Straight No Chaser nine hundred times.
35. I spent, like, a whole lot of time searching for sterling silver letters I bought to make a gift bracelet. I SWEAR I brought them. I KNOW I brought them.
36. I gave my dad a beaded bald eagle I made to add to his beaded bird collection – he has four now. I stayed up late Christmas Eve because I HAD to finish it.
37. My husband took four or five fists full of vitamins every few hours because he is attempting to purge mercury from his body.
38. Mom and I went through ALL of my daughter’s school pictures, only to discover that she has three sets that I don’t. What?
39. I caught my sweater on some blinds and knocked over a window-worth of Christmas decorations.
40. We discussed how the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors changed the Mayan social caste system.
41. Also, my husband texted me AS ME on my own phone demanding hot Christmas sex.
42. I ate something other than yogurt today.
43. My daughter made a Lego set containing police alligators with red and blue lights, moving tails and (SCORE) mouths that really open.
44. My husband gifted me an awesome fossil ammonite pendant from his trip to Slovenia.
45. I don’t think anyone ever got dressed.
Last flight home to the North Pole! A Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!