Another Christmas come and gone. I must say, this was wonderful. We actually started pretty late in the game (got ready 3 days beforehand due to things that came up in the past), but it all worked out.
I'm going to be straight-up now. Most people think of Christmas as getting things, a constant influx of gadgets and gizmos that make them happy. That's all. They may spend time with family, but do they really care? Maybe, but they got things. Just THINGS. That's all that matters, right?
I'm sorry, I'm ranting a bit here.
Sure, I got some nice things for Christmas this year. I really did appreciate the notion, especially since we went low-key this year (parts of our family are really tight on money.) You know what, though? Hooray, cool stuff. What did I actually care about? My family. I'm alive, they're alive, and we're together. That's it. Gifts? Yeah, they're enjoyable, but really, I could care less if I got anything or not. Plus, I'm one to enjoy giving a lot more than receiving. I know a lot of UGers on here feel the same way, and that shows their good sense. Props on that. If you love getting gifts more, then that's okay. You're not alone, and that's just your thing. I respect that.
What am I trying to say here? My opinion is nothing new, but it's my stand on the holidays. I care about my family, and I'm so glad we can be together. This may be the last time in a very long time we'll all be together again. Hell, I'm going to music college this coming fall!
Okay, I've gone on enough. I know some of you may want to know what I got, and that's all good. I'll list it here:
-$400 (which I spent on sheet music and Sibelius 5) -A CD of Django Reinhardt (for those that don't know, he was an amazing jazz guitar virtuoso, probably the original "shredder") -A bunch of opera and various classical music -Palm Pilot
I hope everyone had a good holiday. Take care! -David