First Post

I've been reading a lot of blogs lately and I finally decided to follow the trend. And since I'm home, I have more time than I'm used to. It's given me a lot of time to reflect on how blessed I am. Coming home for Christmas to spend time with family is definitely high up on the list. And as odd and flawed as my family is, I'm beginning to realize what family isn't?

Normally we all go to Japan for New Years so we aren't usually home for Christmas. And because my family in Japan doesn't celebrate Christmas, we usually have our own the night before we leave. Santa would "come early," our stockings would be filled, and we'd exchange presents. Since we haven't gone to Japan the past 2 years, we've had to change a few things around. Our order of events is a little different than other people's but that's just the way we do things.

We decorated our Christmas tree and house yesterday but better late than never right? We also open all of our presents on Christmas Eve. A family tradition my grandparents started since they didn't want to be woken up at the crack of dawn. They wanted their sleep--something I completely understand. Hopefully my future husband won't object too much because I kind of like this tradition :)

The craziness of Christmas has somewhat subsided now. My brothers are either on the computer or napping. Mom is playing the piano and Dad is making banana bread. The fireplace behind me is warm and I'm tired from playing Just Dance 2. Maybe we'll play a boardgame tonight, maybe we won't. So our family doesn't always get along, so what. Most don't. I have a family that loves me and that's enough.

Merry Christmas


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