Christmas Came Early for the Debt Destroyer Household

by Debt Destroyer on December 21, 2008

Did you have a merry Christmas?  What, it’s not Christmas yet?

Whoops my bad.

You see we’ve already been given so much that I got confused for a moment.  In the course of a week we received a new couch ( a hand me down)  and some insulated curtains.


The curtains were an early Christmas present from my wife’s parents and I have to say they are one of the best gifts we’ve ever received.  Not only are they somewhat stylish (dark purple) but they do an excellent job of keeping the drafts to a minimum.

Since we’ve put them up we haven’t had to adjust out heat up once this year.  And seeing how we’re in the middle of a long stretch of sub zero temps that is a pretty big deal.

You gotta love gifts that help save you money!

Our new couch is about 20 years old, but it was still an improvement over our last one.  It’s a sectional, so it doesn’t quite fit our house as good as our couch and love seat did.  But other than a little wasted space, I really like our new setup. Now I can actually stretch out when laying on the couch.

We’re not fans of the flowery print, but we learned a long time ago to not look a gift horse in the mouth.  Besides, thats why they make couch covers, right?

We donated our old couch and loveseat to the Salvation Army.  So hopefully somebody finds good use for it (I hope they pay a pretty penny for it too).

In addition to all the great stuff we’ve been getting, it just feels like Christmas around here.

Which is odd, because normally it doesn’t feel like Christmas at the DD house until we watch some holiday movies(Christmas Vacation, It’s a Wonderful Life, Scrooged, Family Man, Die Hard).

But let me tell you, it doesn’t get much more Christmasy than last Saturday.  The day started with my daughter’s preschool holiday concert.  One word describes that…CUTE !!!

But that was only the beginning after that we…

  • Baked christmas cookies
  • Made a mixed CD of Christmas tunes (4th in a series I’m working on)
  • Drove around and looked at lights (while it was snowing)
  • Had hot chocolate (daughter’s first time as a “big girl”)
  • Watched “Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas” (rented from library)
  • Read Christmas stories before bedtime

I know next week I get to enjoy the real thing, but I don’t think it will measure up to last Saturday.  But how could it?  Eating ham with a bunch of old people just doesn’t scream Christmas to me.  But it’s tradition, so we’ll smile and act like we’re having fun.

But the traditions that I want my family to have are listed above.

Well…There is one thing I want to do on Christmas that isn’t on the list.  After we get back in town from having Lunch with my extended family I want to have dinner that night at a Chinese Restaurant ala The Christmas Story Family.


We don’t have anything as nice as the Chop Suey Palace in town, but there’s a nice buffet a few blocks away.

So how about you?  Have you been feeling the Holiday Spirit this season?  What gets you in the yuletide mood?  Or would you rather just say “Ba Humbug” and be left alone?

Until next time,


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica W December 22, 2008 at 5:47 am

Curtains are lovely indeed! I like the color very much!


Ed December 22, 2008 at 11:31 am

We started doing the advent thing this year. We light candles on Sunday night, sing a song, and talk to each other about Christmas’ meaning.
Also, I bought some chestnuts with the intent on roasting them “on an open fire” this Thursday.


The Happy Rock December 23, 2008 at 11:47 am

@Ed and DD – We bought an advent train that has a different compartment for each 24 days. We filled it with candy, and or notes for a treasure hunt around the house. The treasure hunt has been great fun and at the end of each hunt with the candy there is a note with a Christmas fact or note telling the boys a good teaching to focus on for the day. The Pebble has absolutely loved it and the train will be in the family for years.


Debt Destroyer December 23, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Merry Christmas Everybody!

@JessicaW – Thank you. My wife went back and forth for a long time on the color. But now that they are up, she’s glad she went with purple. Next up is borrowing a steamer, and getting the wrinkles out :)

@Ed & TheHappyRock – Those advent activities sound like a lot of fun. I think we’ll be incorporating that kind of stuff here in a year or two.

And good luck with the chestnuts Ed.


pfincome December 24, 2008 at 11:55 am

Watching Christmas movies like the one you mentioned – Christmas Story. An absolute classic Christmas movie. We also really get into listening to the music. Two of the local radio stations have been playing Christmas music non-stop since Thanksgiving. Have a great holiday!


Scott December 29, 2008 at 1:02 am

It’s funny that you mention the Christmas Story movie. I’ve had a tradition of watching the movie every year, but didn’t have a chance this Christmas. I always find something new and funny each time I watch it. What a classic.


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