On Christmas, friendship, and home
The usual Christmas season madness is still underway - dinner on the 24th, dinner on the 25th, and today, dinner for 17 people. Goose, prime rib...it's the season to eat and eat and eat, and then eat some more.
I'm not someone who is very attached to Christmas gifts. It was something of a relief that this year my parents didn't overload me with largely useless things that I didn't want. Best gift from my parents: a printout of a picture of a Wii. Once they're on the shelves, I get to buy myself a Wii, and that's all I wanted for Christmas. Simple. And since I'm 26 and not 12, I'm not at all upset that I have to wait a bit longer to get one.
The best present I received for Christmas this year, however, came from my friends in New York. They got together and decided to pay for my ticket to New York so I can spend New Year's with them. That's real friendship. It's better than a gift of equivalent monetary value - because it means that they really want to see me. It's nice to feel like people actually like my company. My New Year's plans before this were to sit in my apartment in Ann Arbor with my cat, watching Fawlty Towers and drinking champagne. I think this will most likely be considerably more fun.
So all in all, it's nice to be back in the States - to see my parents, and to get to see my friends. Italy was nice and all, but the States is home as long as I've got my parents and good friends here.