Like many people, Christmas is one of my absolute favorite times of the year. Not only is it a perfect excuse to eat loads of delicious food, but it’s also a time of year where I (like many others) get to spend some quality time with my family. Every year is a little bit different, but most of the time, it’s me, my brother, my parents, and my dog, digging into a breakfast casserole on Christmas morning while we listen to holiday music.
For the first fourteen years or so of my life, my parents always hosted a family Christmas party entailing all of my immediate and extended family. After my parents’ divorce in 2017, Christmas started to be run a little bit different. My mom is a maternity nurse and sometimes works on the holidays, so depending on her schedule, I’ll either spend Christmas with her or at my dad’s house. This year, Christmas is starting out on an unconventional note. I had applied for ADD/ADHD screening earlier in the month, and my four-hour appointment happened to fall on…Christmas Eve!
Admittedly, Christmas Eve wasn’t the most fantastic day of my life. My cognitive testing itself wasn’t hard or stressful, and I actually rather enjoyed parts of it. I’m planning on writing a full article about my experiences getting tested, but I’ll give you a brief summary anyhow. The testing took about four hours for me, and consisted of verbal tests, written tests, memory tests, digital tests…you name it. I even took a mathematics comprehension test. As I said, none of the tests were actually very hard, but all that continuous mental work fried my brain by the time I left the center. I had been hoping to go home after and take a nap, but my father picked me up and informed me that I was coming with him for a “quick visit” with my grandmother at the hospital, as she has been struggling with cancer for some time. I wasn’t expecting this, and to be completely transparent, I probably would have said no if I had been given a choice. I am not close to my grandmother, and hospitals in general are very panicky, triggering places for me. I am proud of myself for being a good sport about the entire ordeal; albeit I was carsick on the way, had a full-fledged panic attack in the hospital, and then spent two hours in the waiting room so my father could talk to my grandmother’s doctor. And, to top off the day, my grandmother told me she hated me. How sweet!
I promise I didn’t come on here to play woe-is-me and complain, because I know many other people had a way worse day than I did. Nonetheless, that’s pretty much how the day went down, and I was absolutely fatigued by the time I got home at 6:00pm.
Luckily, things do get better from here on out! I took a quick shower and headed back to my dad’s house, as that’s where I was spending the night. My mom was working until well after 11:00pm, so there wasn’t any point in staying home. Although my dad and I were both tired, we managed to sit through a Christmas movie together and polish off a bottle of sparkling cider. I fell asleep at 9:00pm, which was a rare and wonderful occurrence, and subsequently woke up quite early (Side note: I really want to get into the habit of waking up earlier. There’s something about the sunrise and the dew on the grass that makes me super happy.)
My mom came over to my dad’s for breakfast and gift opening, which was a happy surprise. We usually aren’t all together with me and my brother, so the holidays are super special for us. I ate a ton of pie and vanilla soy ice cream, and an absolutely ridiculous amount of vegan stuffed shells. Seriously- they were AMAZING. I’ll put the link to the recipe below. My mom and I went through an entire tray of them in 48 hours.
In regards to gift-giving, I received some lovely things this year from my parents! My mom got me a gorgeous black coat by Hell Bunny, which I absolutely love and will be posting in my January lookbook, and a few makeup products by a fantastic brand called Besame. I also got quite a few balls of yarn from my brother, which I intend to make a multitude of scarves with, and some gift cards from my dad. My favorite gift I gave this year was a magnetic chalkboard calendar for my dad. I love it, he loves it, and it’s ultimately a super relevant, functional gift. If you’re curious, I posted about it in my holiday gift guide!
After my mom and I got back home to our apartment, the rest of Christmas was relatively low-key. Her boyfriend came over and gave me THIS, which, hands down, is the greatest representation of my life ever formulated.
After that, I ended the day with a bubble bath and four hours of The Sims 4. Pretty much a perfect day, if you ask me.
Christmas is a very unique experience for everybody, and ultimately, it’s just about spending time with the people you love and being thankful for what you have. I hope this was interesting for you to read; I actually rather like telling anecdotes about my life. I hope your holidays were just as happy as mine! Merry Christmas!
The best vegan stuffed shells ever: https://www.noracooks.com/vegan-stuffed-jumbo-shells/
(Also, I really enjoyed John Maclean’s 2017 Christmas message video. He does an excellent job pointing out that not everybody is so privileged as us on Christmas, and we should appreciate what we have without taking it for granted:) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjkawx9MoHE
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