Merry Christmas everyone!
First post-divorce, and everything has gone smoothly. Son got all the Pathfinder books he wanted, and D got a combo of college things, some new headphones, and a necklace she had been eyeing. Went to a nice service yesterday, ran this morning, and opened presents. Dog is tired of wearing a Christmas sweater, so that's coming off soon.
Ex was around before Christmas, and will be after, but she's very well behaved, so that's good for everyone.
D's last Christmas before college is the only sad part, but it's the start of her next adventure.
Here's a Christmas story from when I was first married:
First Christmas after the wedding, we had a house that was more than we could afford. I had just been laid off, and we didn't know how we were going to keep the house. Wife wanted a dog, and we had beeen visiting the shelters, but we couldn't afford the house, let alone a dog. I could find a job after Christmas, but for now, we agreed to keep Christmas to a minimum until things were better.
When it came time to unwrap presents, I unwrapped a very small book. It wasn't much, but it was enough. When she opened her present, it had:
A leash, collar and a picture of Scout, the black Lab I had adopted, and we picked up the next day. We had Scout for 12 years. Best Christmas present ever.