|Rachel and me in Williamsburg|
I was grateful, then, for a long, and wonderful Christmas break! This was, without a doubt, the best Christmas of my life. Last year, since I was abroad, I wanted to surprise Rachel with something romantic and special. I took all of the love letters, emails, and poems we'd written to each other, combined with photos of us, and had a book printed. This year, I did something similar.
Rachel truly thought I was getting her nothing this year. I had purchased one of her plane tickets for a trip to Los Angeles, where we plan to spend our Spring Break. That, plus two months of double-rent (having just moved to MD), meant I wasn't going to get her anything this year. That was of course a ruse...
|Rachel with her book- opening the gift from me on Christmas Day|
On Christmas Day, Rachel and I drove to Delaware to visit her family. We had a lovely time at her sister's house, where we opened some gifts, while getting mauled by the overly-friendly and massive Levi (a 70 pound pit bull puppy). Then we went to a larger celebration at Rachel's aunt's house. Her whole family was there, many of whom I know well. Rachel opened a gift from me which contained a metal rose I'd purchased with her cousin Jen at the Renn Faire, and then tickets to a surprise trip to Williamsburg! We'd been for her birthday, and had fun (see earlier entry in blog), but had to leave a day early when Rach got sick. This was a surprise trip- to help make up for that. More pics from Delaware are in the video. My favorite memory of that night was after most of the people left, and Rachel's cousin Stacey (in the pic above) challenged me to a game of Lord of the Rings chess. The added rule was that you could only move a piece if you acted out the character, using a quote from one of the films. I won- but it was amazingly fun!
|Rachel at Seasons- calling her sister to tell her|
|Showing off the ring, while swallowing delicious chocolate fondue|
The next two days were a celebration of us. On Friday we walked to the Colonial area and looked at all the neat Christmas decorations- loved the individualized wreaths. We also visited a number of historic workers who we had missed in our last visit, such as the wig-maker, printer, and the cart-builder. We had a lovely day, and the weather was cool but sunny, a perfect day for walking around with hot cider. We stopped at Mad About Chocolate on our way back, for some fantastic hot drinks, then drove to Busch Gardens. The park was opened and although only some rides were open, the full park was decorated for Christmas. We walked around, going on a few rides, until we froze and needed some mulled wine while watching a show. My favorite part was the skytram- looking over all the lights from high up. Our final day in Williamsburg was filled with shopping and a couples' massage that Rachel bought for me, to pay me back for the surprise trip of a lifetime. It felt like we had a third Christmas- one all to ourselves, and one we'll never forget.