Adina and I spent our first Christmas together this year (previously we had spent Christmas apart, with our own families). We travelled to Ottawa on Christmas Eve to spend time with my side of our family. Our time in Ottawa was brief but enjoyable. It was especially fun to spend time with my youngest cousins, Jack and Luke.
In terms of gifts, Adina and I gave presents to my cousins Luke and Maddison (the Helmer side of my family has a secret Santa tradition) and my parents.
I gave Adina a Ninetendo GameCube. She’s currently playing Legend of Zelda, Wind Waker. I’ve been playing Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004. So fun.
Adina gave me a 20 GB iPod! The story behind the gift is even better than the gift itself. Pepsi Canada gave away one iPod per hour for two months or so. Entries (PINs) could be obtained by buying bottles of Pepsi or filling out a short survey online. Adina and I filled out a bunch of surveys and got a bunch of PINs. Since you could choose what hour to enter the contest, we entered many PINs late at night or early in the morning (thinking that fewer total PINs would be in these draws). On 3 November at 6:18 AM, Adina found out that she had won the 5-6 AM draw! Pretty nutty, eh? So then she decided to keep her win a secret and give me the iPod for Christmas.
We’ll travel to London in the new year to celebrate Christmas with Adina’s side of the family.
Hope your holidays are going as well or better than ours are!