I just finished the first set of proofs for the book and dropped them off at FedEx to send to my editor. After a celebratory drink or two, I realized that I'd only managed to send out one (1) measly Christmas card to my friend Carolyn Jung. Where did the time go? My husband and I blame it on how late Thanksgiving was this year — it was too close to Christmas. I could have sworn that we just had Halloween.
Today we go to see my parents for Christmas. I think all my siblings will be there. This year, my mom is cooking. She saw the weary look on my face at Thanksgiving and told me not to worry about Christmas Eve dinner. This year, it'll mostly Vietnamese food on the menu. I didn't fight her and look forward to our meal, which she'll have mostly prepped and I'll swoop in to help with last minute duties. My mom is close to 80 years old and there will be about 20 of us at the table. I hope to have her stamina at that age.
Our family is not one for exchanging gifts. We pretty much have what we need in terms of material matters. The only gift I'll be bringing is the Japanese dried persimmons that John gifted me at Thanksgiving. No, it's not a Nancy Reagan re-gifting. My mom asked about them. She's curious what expensive dried persimmons are like. I think they'll tickle her fancy — which is what celebrations this time of the year are about, right?
Thanks for joining me at VWK this year. I hope your and your family enjoy a wonderful holiday season.