Today wasn't necessarily Christmas-tradition-y, but it something about this evening made the whole day seem cozy. I turned on the Christmas tree lights, and sat in the dark room with Chris and Hallow (Kuroneko Hallow-san, that's Mr. Black Halloween Cat to you), just simply sharing a good moment of silliness and teasing... no tv, no computer, just us and the twinkling of the lights. Though I am sure Hallow didn't appreciate the teasing (I really can never quite tell what he is thinking), I felt like we were celebrating something worth celebrating. Which is, to be specific, us. Us: this tiny bizarre family of mine, happy as clams in our desert island, leagues from our family back home. This is not to say that we don't 100% miss home... but moments like this make living apart a little more bearable.
So hug your kin tonight. Grab a family member and go sit underneath the tree and just BE THERE. It feels amazing.