We haven't put up a tree this year - it just seemed too too much to deal with around everything else that's been going on. We did get the chimney swept but still can't use it, so I'm planning to put our tree skirt on the hearth and spill presents out of the fireplace, which I think will look festive.
Our holiday plans are centered around our house this year and will feature a couple of guests, a couple of great meals, and (hopefully) a boatload of good memories. Chris' cousin Geri will join us tomorrow for a few days and his parents will come down on the 26th. On the 29th, we'll have some friends for dinner because I'm having a psychotic need to cook a turkey (I think it has to do with Fraukow's Hot Turkey Salad). Lars turns six on the 30th and then we'll celebrate NYE at Chez Stoll before tumbling into 2007.
As for presents, my own theory may be viewed as rather anti-holiday but it's heartfelt and based on these thoughts:
- I like to give presents to people I know and care for.
- Giving a Great Present makes me feel better than giving something just to give it.
- A Great Present is good to give (or get) on any day.
- Some of the best presents I've gotten break the rules of present-giving (like 'never give a woman a purse'... :) )