I like to think of myself as a good writer. But sometimes, this Christmas for example, my friends and family can tell the story better than I can.
"Why don't you get him something for his garage? He looooooves hanging out in his garage." --my friend Lindsay on what to get my brother for Christmas.
I got him a dart board (for his garage, of course).
"Well, you only go around once," -my Dad about going overboard on gifts.
"You better hurry up, because I'm going to be listening to Fox News and you don't want me to get brainwashed." -my Mom when she reluctantly dropped me off at the busy mall to pick up one more Christmas gift.
"Dad, that gift is way too big for those little bows." -Me
"Well, I was sort of thinking I could do a collage." -my Dad
Honestly, his "collage" consisted of three bows scattered randomly on the front of the gift. My dad and I could make a Father-Daughter wrapping presents reality show. I believe it would be highly entertaining.
"She uses really bad language. You know, like you." -my Mom describing her friend's daughter who she says tells hilarious stories. What Christmas is complete without hearing about your parents' friends' kids? I mean, really?
"This says I live in Alabama." -my brother Jeff
Whoops. I wrote the wills my dad requested but wrote the wrong state.
"I think Jeff might quit drinking in 2012." -my sister-in-law Katie
"Well, have fun with that." -my Dad
"I think there is something wrong with this hoop. It's not heavy enough. Or maybe I'm just heavier." -my Mom
I bought everyone hula hoops for Christmas this year. They were a hit. For at least 15 minutes.
"This thing is so powerful it'll suck your toenails off." -my Dad
"The guy told me it's the nicest vacuum you've never heard of." -my Dad
"I just watched my Dad vacuum the floor with my brother's new vacuum and was highly entertained. I think this is rock bottom." -Me in an email to a friend.
All of these quotes are in reference to the biggest hit of Christmas, my brother and Katie's new vacuum cleaner. That's right, we have now reached the age that we are not only receiving vacuum cleaners as Christmas gifts, but we are also blissfully excited about them.
"Stephanie, you need to buy a house." -my Dad
"I know, but what if I decide to leave Atlanta?" -Me
"You've been saying you're leaving Atlanta for five years." -my Dad
"Well that's bullshit." -my Mom on her fortune at the local Chinese restaurant. The fortune said, "Turn your thoughts within. Find yourself." This quote was both funny and shocking, because my mom almost never says "bad" words.
"That key lime pie is on time." -Katie
I hope your Christmas was "on time" as well. Please share your favorite quote from your celebration.