Christmas is done for another year. I got a couple of new science books from my bmom: The Ancestor's Tale and That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles. She also sent a holiday coin collection from the Royal Canadian Mint and some ornaments. From others there was cash, calendars, and earrings.
For myself, I gave the gift of unwanting. I paid off all my debts and spent part of Christmas Day going through my closet and cupboards to pare down: clothes, books, and sundries. This past year, I have worked to unburden myself of people who are interested in feeding on the misery of others. It seems like doing these things is a constant effort, but worth it.
There is still another week until work cranks up again. I hope to continue to gift myself with some time to be lazy, to indulge in a few good books, and to visit more with friends and family. There is much to look forward to in 2006.