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Christmas After Action Report, 2010

I spent Christmas at my sister-in-laws parents house here in town. My brother  and his wife, their kids Andi and Barney, my sister, and my sister-in-laws brother Max were all there.  There were also three dogs, including my nephew's dog Elinor, whom I had never met before. Elinor is a very friendly, sweet-natured pug-boxer mix. Even though we don't know each other that well, she would spontaneously roll over and let me scratch her belly. My sister's australian sheperd used to do that all the time. I wonder how dogs know I am such an easy mark for a scritchy.

It was a mostly low-key event, but two things made it noteworthy. It was the first white Christmas in over 60 years. Another interesting aspect was the gifts exchanged. Musical instruments seemed to be a recurring theme. I got an ocarina, Andi got a thumb piano and  Barney got a small xylophone.

The ocarina was quite a marvelous gift. I'd asked for an ocarina several times for Christmas and birthdays when I was a child, but never got one. I had a lot of  fun with it. My brother (who is a musician) figured out the Snake Charmer Song and showed me how to play it. Before the day was out, I'd figured out how to play a scale and got a good start on Do-Re-Mi.

Since it was snowing, my sister-in-laws parents let me spend the night. I slept on a couch in the living room. I didn't get to sleep until late, and I woke up at about 10 the next morning. Andi woke me up by giving my hand a little squeeze. She did it because I was snoring and she was trying to watch TV, but it was still a very lovely way to wake up.

It was a wonderful Christmas.
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