As much as I love giving presents — and I really, really do, especially to my kids and nephews and nieces — I’ll be honest with you here: I still kind of dig getting surprised on Christmas morning with a cool gift or two. I’ve somehow avoided the curse of the adult dad, as people know that I still like getting toys and gadgets and other cool stuff.
My wife gave me awesome gorilla slippers and an entire New Testament commentary set by NT Wright — my first complete NT series (commentaries are expensive, yo). My parents gifted me a new graphics card — a GeForce GTX 950, which will go a long, long way to upgrading my current card.
I also have a tradition in which I gift myself something around Christmastime, so this year it was an impulse purchase of a record player. My very first record player ever, actually. Going to try collecting a bit of vinyl for my office — I like the thought of that.
But all in all, Christmas was about worship and family for us, and we had a great time. We celebrated with both sides of the family, which meant for an exhausting whirlwind of two weeks, and now things are settling back down. I’m actually looking forward to the routine again!