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Holiday Special #3

The holidays always brings reruns of favorite movies and TV specials.  So, in the spirit of the holidays, I have decided to rerun some of my older holiday-themed posts on the remaining days up until Christmas.  Any footnotes are current.

“Simple Gifts”

Originally posted December 26, 2007 at LARGETONY Blog

I hope that everyone experienced a joyous holiday this year. No matter which one you celebrate or how you celebrate it.

We celebrate Christmas at our house, my Granny and me. But we don’t do it up real big with a lot of fuss and fanfare. We never have.

There’s a tree, a wreath on the door, and a ham in the oven. The biggest fuss is the rum cakes Granny always made for her friends that I now make for her for her friends (those that are still with us). All in all, it’s pretty low key. And that’s the way I like it.

When people ask me what I did for Christmas and I don’t have stories of big family dinners and dozens and dozens gaily wrapped presents taking up every square inch of floor space withing ten feet of the tree, they always look at me a little sad. It always makes me chuckle because all that stress and drama and pressure that people put on themselves during the holidays makes me feel a little sad for them.

I will admit, though, that I almost fell into the pressure trap myself.  Because this was my first Christmas with the attorney, I about had myself tied up in knots over what I should give him for a present.

But, I was smart enough to realize that I was being stupid. Simple is how he likes it, too.

Despite his considerable means, he lives a simple life. Sure, it’s a bit higher life than I live, but relative to his peers, it’s pretty simple.

I think that’s one of the things that draws us to each other. The simpleness of it all.

He told me he would delay his trip to his mother’s until Christmas Day, if I would simply come down and spend Christmas Eve with him.

I did. And he did.

We cooked dinner, kicked back by the fire, and listened to Christmas jazz. Simple.

We gave each other just one gift. His gift to me was a little bit more than I would have ever expected (not that I expected anything). But, I know he didn’t do it to impress. He did it simply because it was something he thought I could use.

I chose my gift to him for the same reason.

Not to impress. Not out of obligation. Nothing fancy.

Just like our relationship.

Just simple.

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  1. jdw jdw

    Another great story . I like the recycled Large Tony. I have looked through old ones. I see it had pictures on a fairly regular basis. I hope your Granny gets joy out of this Christmas and your bonds, not a pun with the attorney grow stronger.

  2. irisgirl irisgirl

    Wishing you, Granny and the Attorney a joyous and loving Christmas, and happy and healthy New Year!

    Thank you for another year of sharing your life and awesome words. It’s a wonderful gift from you to your loyal blog readers!

    And Happy Holiday wishes to my fellow Large Tony fans—your Blog Comments help make this a truly special place to visit!

  3. I’m a big, huge, GIANT fan of simple. Merry Christmas, Tony. xoxoox

  4. Ian Ian

    Really great story. It is always nice to share Christmas eve with a significant other.

  5. Mark Mark

    I remember reading the original posts….. Wow, it’s been a long time!!! Happy Holidays to you Tony, and to The Attorney, and Granny as well….

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