I think Christmas is taken too seriously sometimes–either by going to mass at midnight or by getting into too-much-nog-arguments with your extended family. But–I am not religious nor do I attend extended family functions so I might be on my own here.
Anyway I like how my Mom does Christmas. She may get a little stressed out but she also has fun baking massive amounts of Susie Cookies (Russian Teacakes) while humming along to John Denver and the Muppets Christmas Carol. She makes sure everyone has small meaningful presents. Special.
However, if you happen to be in Costa Rica on Christmas there is no better way to celebrate than how the 14 of us did last night. We did nothing except play Yahtzee (I got a Yahtzee-that NEVER happens) until about 4ish and then W got on the BBQ starting his annual Carne Asada. Then we headed to the beach for amazing body/boggy surfing. It wasn’t the waves that were great (they were steady) but the sunset was so golden and the water reflected it like ice or thick snow so that we were surrounded by eerie light.
Then, like most people on Christmas, we ate ALOT.
Following eating, first we sang a LOUD, if not good, version of Dolly Parton’s ‘Hard Candy Christmas.’ We then held presentations on: Do the Vengaboys Rule or Suck? The Vengaboys are an awful awful band from 1997 whose songs get stuck in your head worse than the Lambchop song which is saying something because that song never ends. I made an excellent pptx (2007 powerpoint) joined by W’s sisters husband who made an excellent supporting graph. The opposing side’s presentation was to just play a song and dance around.
We lost the secret ballot 6-8.
I am very proud of the loss because, considering the not-so-sober state of the 14 voters, 6 Nos was very very good.
After the vote we once again played the winning Vengaboy song and congaed out of the house, down the stairs, and around the pool where W and his friend Wt jumped in fully clothed.
We ended the night celebrating with a dance party which also included various people and plastic patio furniture being thrown in the pool all accompanied by the celebratory barks of our house dogs Bronco and CoCo. Much enthusiasm.
It was a good way to celebrate Christmas and definitly notsoserious.
Excuse the lack of photos but I don’t think them being made public would be a good thing.