Yesterday we celebrated our first Christmas in Kosovo, and our first Christmas morning together – ever! Christmas has always been an important holiday for both of us, and in the past, we weren’t quite willing to give up our own family traditions in order to spend it together.
We were released early from work on Tuesday, so JR and I went home to relax for a bit before starting dinner. I talked him into buying a ham from the commissary (best 19 Euros we’ve spent in a while) and we had mashed potatoes and corn to go with it. I wanted to make the table look nice so I used our place mats and cloth napkins that we received for our wedding. Those things never come out of the drawer. And for good reason – I almost cried when JR actually USED his napkin. Hello, it’s for decoration only.
JR went a little crazy on presents this year. Historically, he’s a better gift giver than I am. I take some responsibility for this but I’m also very easy to shop for, and he’s not. He went a little overboard this year shopping the markets in Bangkok, so I had maybe 30 presents under the tree (not just from him, though). He had maybe 6 presents. Not exactly even-Steven. To make matters worse, I was not really excited about any of the gifts I had purchased for him. Case in point, we each opened one gift on Christmas Eve . He gave me a beautiful scarf from Bangkok. I gave him a luggage scale. He smiled and pretended he was pleased with the gift, but upon further discussion, we both burst out laughing because really, I mean who wants a luggage scale for Christmas? Holy not exciting, Batman. Luckily he’s a good sport. Also, I did finally come up with a great gift idea for him, it just didn’t occur to me until December 24th. So he’s going to get a random gift in January that will hopefully make up for my Christmas (and recent birthday) short-comings.
We both received some great gifts from our family and friends, including lots of fun stuff for the baby. In my early bid for 2014 Mother of the Year, I have yet to purchase a single thing for said baby. I suppose I should start doing that soon.
We were invited to Amy’s house for a fantastic Christmas dinner with some of our other friends. We are so thankful to have met such wonderful people here – it really makes it easier to be away from home for the holidays.
Tomorrow we’re off on one more exciting adventure to wrap up a really great year!