Overloaded with mental takeovers from multiple sources I got to this Christmas with quite a lack of Christmas spirit. Last Friday, when leaving the office I felt as if it could have been any other Friday; on the train back home I amused myself thinking that the next Monday was Christmas eve. I hadn't bought a single present and I had a tree at home only thanks to the relentless pushing done by my wife to set it up.
It all changed on Sunday, when we headed to my brother's house. My mom had arrived from Bariloche on Sunday, so the family was starting to gather. That is what insufflated the Christmas spirit in me: the Family.
Sure enough, as with all families, there are some quirks But, all in all, it is great to see the bunch after so long.
Yesterday (December 25th) we completed 3/4 of the brotherhood with the arrival of Bernie from the US. We might get the "poker" in a couple of weeks if I can make it to Bariloche in time.
Next weekend off we go to Junin to spend new Year with Luciana's relatives. I don't know how much work I will get done during this next three days (and I have a lot to do), but its good to feel all "Christmasy".
2 weeks to end the end-o'-year marathon, and feelin' good!