Last night, though, I put away the air mattress our friends had slept on, packed up the Christmas decorations, and returned to the normal routine of DVR'd television.
It's the same schedule as it was 15 days ago. Same routines, same chores, same alarm going off at 7 a.m. But it's also different. Because now we have those memories with our families and our friends and at our childhood homes. Those things we will always remember that we did over Christmas break 2011. We leave a happy year behind, and head to 2012 with high hopes and big dreams of the same kind of happiness.