The whole holiday scene rocks harder when you have friends and fam with you. Christmas alone is like Kenny G; Christmas with family and friends is like Project 86 (or Metallica or some other loud band you’ve actually heard of).

Speaking of rocking my face off, I think I love iTunes. I got a gift certificate and scored an album, six singles, a Jay Leno video, and a couple video freebies (yes, there’s a free Battlestar Gallactica video that’s 21 minutes long — haven’t watched it yet ’cause my video card sucks — and an SNL short) all for $15. Finally, I own a New Found Glory album! My next targets of the college-era punk I couldn’t buy ’cause I was broke or didn’t realize their awesomeness: Blink-182 and Sum 41.

As far as Christmas loot goes, I’m actually surprised to be most excited by the 8-piece stainless steel kitchenware set I received w/ utensils. Now I can cook huge batches of Mac & Cheese and eat leftovers for a week. Now I’ve just got to get the whole ironing board thing figured out and put together the vacuum, and… woah, I need to get out the drill dad got me for Christmas and recover my manhood by drilling something. Tools, grunt grunt.

I love giving gifts to my family. Being who I am, I also like to know if the gift I got was a good gift for them. I got it right this year.

Jesse: Green Day live album/DVD — “Yes, I was hoping I’d get this!” and a Broncos sticker he’s gonna put on his car. He has lots of band stickers on it already and he loves the Broncos. Super Bowl, here we come (hopefully)!

Mom: an old picture of my brothers and I in the mountains, and a picture of me in the mountains last year. I totally made her cry.

Dad & Mom: Serenity and Firefly (Firefly is still in the mail though) — they cheered. Who knew parents could be such big scifi geeks? I love it. Yes, it’s true: my mother loves Firefly. I bet you can’t say that, Tyler.

Isaac: Dune DVD (Sci-Fi Channel version from 2000) — “sweet!” and Emery – The Question CD.

At grandma and grandpa’s house, we ate food and had a white-elephant gift exchange. Normally, when I think of white-elephant gift, I think “dirty sock” or “ugly lamp.” Well, this one quite exceeded my expectations. Aside from some lame books and a 20-year-old stereo, Grandma through in two quilts she made and various potholders. Some of the other gifts were good, too. I totally stiffed my cousin though and took one of the quilts ’cause I went last. She was mad.

Today is the day for friends. My air force buddy Mark is in town today with his new wife. We’re gonna hang out and kick it oldskool. Hopefully we can get ahold of the other Mark today, too, but it’s hard to track him down sometimes.

Anyway, I hope your Christmas season is finishing off well. 2006, here we come! I’ll try to post a year-in-review type of post soon.