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Merry Christmas, everyone. Well, technically it’s still Christmas Eve, but by the time I post, it’ll be here.

It’s currently snowing in Minneapolis. A light, pleasant snow that looks like it glitters in the moonlight. I went over to mom’s to exchange gifts tonight. I was driving along 50th in Edina and I passed a street that caught my eye.

Along both sides of the block, they had set out white bags with candles in them. Hundreds of them. It was so beautiful I had to drive along the street. I turned down the next block, trying to find that block.

I never found it. Turns out I didn’t need to. Every block in this neighborhood had white bags with candles along the boulevard. It went on and on and on. I couldn’t believe it. I drove around for maybe 10 minutes in there. Just stunning. It was a nice prelude to Christmas Eve.

Had a nice time at mom’s. Got some cool stuff. My mom has this sixth sense about what I like. She’s actually the only person that does.

On the way home, the candles were still there. Cool.

And the roads were rather busy. I always forget about midnight Christmas church services. There’s something peaceful about Christmas Eve and Christmas. All the stores are closed. The cars are all headed to loved ones’ homes. Christmas lights are on everywhere. I don’t know. It just makes me happy. And the snow is so beautiful.

Plus, you get gifts. My mom got me warm gloves and warm socks. Subtle.

She also got me a new limited edition bracelet.

Story time:

Two Christmases ago, I bought a bracelet for someone. And, for certain unsaid reasons, decided to keep it for myself. And loved it. It’s got five rows of square beads that are all different colors. I’ve had more people comment on it than I would have imagined. A male friend even called it “cute”. A word I have never heard him use before.

So in love with this bracelet was I, that I was nervous because it seemed like the elastic was gonna break. So I bought another. And there were other colors. So I bought more. I wanted to wear one the rest of the life. That’s how much of a dork I am.

But they’re really cool. I swear.

So now I have perhaps a dozen of these bracelets.

And tonight my mom got me a metallic one. I’ve never seen it before. Kick ass.