Because of the busyness this year and flying out to Los Angeles for job interviews in early January, I decided it was too much to fly home and see my family for Christmas. I did however send a lot of knitted gifts. Most of these you’ve seen already, but here’s what gifts went to each family member.
To my mom: Chicklet socks in Bugga (20% cashmere), Norwegian Rose socks in Spud and Chloe fine (20% silk).
To my dad: Slipper socks in Socks that Rock Heavyweight held double. Sadly, I only finished one slipper sock, and I forgot to take a picture. I’ll post a picture when I finish the 2nd one.
To my brother: Windschief hat in Madelinetosh Vintage.
To my sister: Slipper Socks in Dream in Color Groovy and Marlene socks in Bugga
I also sent some tea and gifts from my honeymoon including jellies and Russian dolls. I wish I could have been with them for Christmas when they got their gifts, and am still hoping they’ll send me pictures of them wearing their gifts.
I did get the chance to spend Christmas eve with Darren, our first Christmas eve together as a married couple. We’ve started our own Christmas eve tradition which is to eat Chinese food (as all good Jews do) and play board games until midnight when we can open presents. This year we played Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear, a WWII war game Russians vs. Germans. I played the Russians and lost miserably. Then we played Ingenious challenges and Ubongo Duel, two light puzzle games.
On Christmas day we drove up to see the in-laws. While dinner was heating up, we opened presents. I forgot Darren’s gift at home, but here’s a picture anyway. These are vanilla socks in self-striping vesper sock.
I did manage to finish my sister-in-law’s gift, A Little Jazz shawl/scarf in Fiesta Baby Boom. I think this looks really nice on her.
We had some Christmas dinner, I made a kugel this year, and then we played Times Up, a party game we got for Lori & Erik. It was a pretty good time.
The next day was Darren’s mom’s birthday, so we went to the movies and saw Little Fockers, which was cute but not as good as the last two movies. Then we went to the Melting Pot for dinner and had fondue of all types, which was super great. Afterwards we went back to Darren’s parents’ house to give Darren’s mom her birthday cake which I made for her. She seemed to like it a lot.
Yesterday after a quick brunch, Darren & I did some shopping. I needed some professional clothes for interviews and campus visits so we went to Nordstrom rack and Nordstrom. We stopped by to see Darren’s grandma and headed back to town.
This week will be full of knitting and dissertation writing, and I have a few more knitted items I’ll hopefully finish by the end of the year. I’ll also post some New years resolutions. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your holidays and new years celebrations!