No, this isn't going to be one of those cynical rants about pretentiousness of christmas and how it's all about money these days...this is much more personal. When I was a little boy, the Christmas a magical time. Admittably the highlight was the opening of the presents obviously, being a selfish little git children usually are...I never did like the dinner my mom cooked, it was too much like the christmas dinner in school (ick!). However, both of my sisters were present with their boyfriends and shortly before both started having their own christmas parties, their own kids. At that point, there was so many presents they practically covered one fourth of the whole room, it was unreal... Now? Only people who show up to stay are my mom's dad and sister, leaving us to just five people. Obviously I don't get any toys but I don't get any PC games either (and I don't dare asking for any DVDs either because they're bound to get me the old version rather than the fancy new special edition I wished for), so all I get for christmas presents now is money and the cheapest (and the most sickening) chocolate they can get their hands on. Last Christmas barely even felt like one, and my parents are talking about not even getting a frikkin' tree anymore. I in the other hand have been considering participating either of my sisters' Christmas parties where there's bound to be children present and it will actually feel like Christmas...but then, my folks would have even less folks present. :/ The magic of Christmas really is no more.