So instead of just one big Christmas, and then the tele-Christmas I do with my parents, there will be two observances, and a tele-Christmas. I'm not horribly upset by it, because it means actually getting to see everyone for the holiday, but it complicates the way we plan out our time. (Yes, I'm fully aware 4 hours of Skyrim per day is not normally accorded to most people, but well, it's Skyrim! I'm taking on fecking dragons. Let's see another game compete with that!) However; it means that we now have three observed Christmases.
The first will be on the 23rd at partner's aunt house. It should be pretty quiet, as it will just be partner, his grandmother, aunt, father, and myself. Partner's grandmother incredible when it comes to cooking so we're looking forward to a good night. I'm not a huge fan of scallops, but I'd kill for her Coquille-Saint-Jacques. It's just mind blowingly wonderful. Of course there will be smoked salmon, which is a universal good, especially with the shallot rye bread and a bit of butter. I still can't stomach a blini myself. Sorry, but salty pancakes, just not my idea of a good time. Everything the grandmother makes is poetry. So this will all go down smoothly, I think.
Then on the 24th, we'll be heading to the central restart La Révellion. This is the celebration basically to ring in Christmas. We'll be stuffed afterwards, because I'm betting it will involve lots of smoked salmon, probably shrimp, and most likely oysters. Oysters are something that are a bit of an acquired taste, but I think they taste a bit like watermelon. Yes, I know, strange. I have had some great meals, and this year should be no exception. We'll probably open gifts the 24th, which should make things pretty smooth for the 25th. It'll be nice to see everyone, and just have a small Christmas. It would be nice to have everyone together, but well, what can you do? Oh well.
Third will be tele-Christmas with my parents on the phone. It should be a very quiet Christmas, as I believe it's just my brothers. I'm never sure how people react to small Christmases. Then again, I'm almost done with trying to have traditions. Something always comes along and spoils them. I find it better just to try and enjoy the holiday the most that you can, and then just go with the flow. I have gotten a lot less traditional over the years though.
I get the feeling a non cold Christmas might be a little more than Partner can support. We have a few years though before that's official though. But well, who knows. Merry Christmas, in any case, wherever it may find you!