Christmas has a weird quality of taking me by surprise by being more or less the same every year. There’s a bit of an illusion to that — if I really went through and listed where we’d been every year, and who was there, there would have been a lot of changes — but for the most part I’ll be at my parents’ home, with most or all of my four siblings plus assorted spouses/significant others, kids, and pets. Also, lots of food, and probably traditional Christmas movies or two. This year, there’s been a lot of that, plus we have a ping-pong table, and I had pictures taken of my niece, who is 3, teaching me bumblebee dances.

Happy Christmas to all! I hear a ping pong game happening, and I should go get involved.