Because:
1. In some areas New Year’s Day was the traditional gift-giving holiday
but more because
2. I figure it’s the holiday celebrated by the greatest percentage of my various friendslists
but also because
3. It took me a while to decide on a charity that was appropriate for the international nature of you all
and most because
4. I’ve lived a lot of my life online since there was much of an online to live it on, but especially given the peripatetic nature of my last few years I’ve gotten a whole lot of both pleasure and emotional nourishment from both the people I read and the ones who read and comment here.

So in honor of you all, I have just made a donation to Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontiers. Happy New Year to all of you and to all of good will.

On the more material front, it was a good but not spectacular Christmas. Gifts were nice and appreciated, and if there’s nothing I’m wildly exulting over it’s because I have all I need and more. That’s worth exulting over right there. (Also, the Kindle and iPod Ted gave me last year continue to be gifts that please me every single day. Hard to top that!) And it’s not over yet – gifts are still to arrive from his parents and from my brother and SIL, so there’s that to look forward to. I want a present from my uncle, who always gave good ones, but I’m going to have to learn to live with that.

The best thing about the holiday was that a couple of doctor’s appointments gave me an excuse to take a sick day Thursday and work from home Monday. Friday, Christmas Day, I had already planned to work from home. So I did get five days to spend with Ted and avoid coming into the office. Even when I’m working, being at home is just so much more comfortable! And getting back the extra hour and a half I normally spend commuting is a huge gift. Also, since he’s been off, Ted did all the planning and shopping and almost all of the cooking for Christmas dinner, a very nice holiday bonus.