I couldn't help but think back to when I was growing up and we would talk to my grandparents long distance. On holidays, my parents would often call throughout the day until they reached an open phone line to the east coast. Then, us four kids would line up at the phone in the kitchen so that we could each have a quick moment to say 'hi' and 'Merry Christmas' and (say thank you for the gifts) 'thank you for the gift.'
But, today is the day after all the hoopla. And it was a day to linger over a second cup of coffee, go through my stocking again, and read my new book. I have no tradition for the day-after-Christmas sales. It totally depends on my mood. Today, Emily had a shirt to exchange and I had something to return, so we ventured out after lunch and managed to sneak in and out of the mall fairly quickly. We stopped at another store for some bargains on next year's wrappings and deocration. Then we were glad to go home, put our feet up and have tea while she watched The Grinch and I caught up with blogging. No rush, no lists to guide me.
Tomorrow, there will be time for making new lists, catching up on the laundry, putting away the box of wrapping paper and bows and ribbon. Stowing away the good dishes and finding homes for all the presents. I'll make a plan for having friends to supper this week, for Em's birthday on Friday and for getting my act together for the 2011. But, for now, I'll curl up with another Christmas movie and have another cup of tea.