May all your days be merry and bright….

Merry CHRISTmas from the beach!  This is the picture I used for our Christmas card this year (I went green/cheaper postage with postcards from this awesome spot).  It’s the pier at Carolina Beach as dawn is breaking in July 2011 – taken with my first generation smart phone.

This Christmas, despite the 16 hour work day, was awesome.  I caught my 5th wind for the day, cracked open a bottle of Glühwein, and opened presents with my General.  Every year, The General and I get each other the same gift unknowingly.  EVERY YEAR.  This year was no exception:  we got each other experiences and gifts from England.  I got tickets to Roger Waters doing The Wall (I am super excited) and Mars candy bars, which I can’t find on this side of the pond.  Now I have a dozen that have to last me a long time!  I got him an English pub glass (complete with etched crown) and an all expense paid trip to downtown Wilmington which includes a room for the night.  We always talk about going downtown, but we never do because we have to drive home and be functioning adults the next day.  My parents went all out on us, too. It was almost too much.  We were also joined by Bob, Phil, Judy, and Betty – the cast of White Christmas.  It’s tradition.  Ah, it was amazing.

The angels left them and went back to heaven. The shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see what the Lord has told us about.”  As the shepherds returned to their flock, they glorified and praised God for everything they had seen and heard. Everything happened the way the angel had told them.” (Luke 2:15,20)

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