Christmas 2006

White Lights on Christmas Tree

This year I had a nice Christmas. I proposed to Jennifer and got her an engagement ring a few weekends ago. I proposed to her at the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, and she said “yes!” This has been the most exciting part of the holiday season this year. Because of the personal nature of the proposal (and I have been very busy), I haven’t had a chance to blog about it.

I bought quite a few presents this year, thanks in part to a generous bonus from an alumnist of our school. A few folks will be receiving copies of Dave Hartline’s new book as a gift, but they must be patient. By the time I get them out they may be Epiphany or Lent gifts! I enjoyed Midnight Mass, but I was extremely tired this year, and I admit it was hard to stay awake. The service was beautiful as usual.

I never know what to request for Christmas. I often get some clothes and some money, and a few side gifts.

Over Christmas break, my dad, Jonathan, and I went to a friend’s property and shot at cans and targets. I haven’t shot a gun in ages, but it was fun. I have never hunted an animal and doubt I ever will, but I do like shooting all kinds of guns. Growing up, my dad always emphasized safety and the proper use of firearms. Over break, I managed to take out two cans of diet generic pop in two shots, and a crystal light plastic bottle as well, at a distance of about 15 yards, with a handgun. I was pretty excited! Plus, it was a chance for us male family members to hang out together and get off our butts after Christmas lunch. Jennifer, mom, and grandma stayed home and hung out. It was a pretty gloomy day, and it was raining, so we had to shoot from a cabin’s porch, but this made it easy to pick up the spent cartridges.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and has a blessed Christmas season! We Catholics have more Christmas days ahead, as the Christmas season has just begun. The photo above is of one of our family trees. I used a filter for my camera that Jennifer got me for Christmas. The bottom photo is of the cup of coffee I had on Christmas Day. It was the “Wild Ass Blend” from Uncommon Grounds Cafe. One of my dad’s employees gets him coffee from Uncommon Grounds every year, and we always look forward to it.

Christmas Cup of Coffee