This year for the first time in probably 25 years, I did not prepare a big Christmas feast. My wonderful husband, who loves every sport known to man that involves some type of round object, gave our family tickets to the NBA opening day Los Angeles Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls Christmas Day game.
My adult sons and husband were extremely excited and looking forward to it for the last several weeks. I will admit that I (not a big NBA lover – Pro Football is my thing) was not that excited about the prospect of not having our traditional Christmas and sitting through a sport that doesn’t particularly thrill me. In addition, I should probably mention that as I get older, I do not deal with change that well. I think I was actually in a bit of a funk about it and I made a few subtle attempts in the past week to wrangle my way out by suggesting that there had to be a few of his friends that would appreciate it far more than me.
Needless to say, he was not buying it and off we went to Staples Center. I have to admit (I hope he is not reading this) that he was right and I was wrong. I had an absolute wonderful and festive time. I have not attended a game at the Staples Center, which is in downtown Los Angeles, in at least five years and oh my has it changed.
The area is now referred to as L.A. Live and it is truly amazing. There are over 20 upscale places to eat in Nokia Plaza, trendy clubs such as the the Conga Room, movie theaters and ritzy hotels such as the JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton and so much more. There was even an ice skating rink that was loaded with skaters even though it was a warm 75 degrees out today.
The game itself was a blast. Staples Center was rocking with Christmas songs and we were all entertained by the lovely scantily clad Laker Girls. People were dressed up in Christmas attire (several flashing reindeer antlers were noted) and ready to have a great time and cheer for the home town favorite. I even got a pair of the Laker “Thundersticks” shown in the video below and became quite proficient in annoying everyone around me. It was a close game but the Lakers blew the game at the end and let the Bulls come from behind to win it much to the delight of both my husband and sons who are avid backers of all things Chicago.
My husband also had quite an added thrill while we were at the game. His favorite, very attractive meteorologist on KTLA, Vera Jimenez, sat in front of us and actually acknowledged him with a smile and a “Merry Christmas” when he awkwardly ( and embarrassingly to me) yelled out her name. If she only knew how he looks forward to the 10 pm news every night while thinking he fools me into believing that he really wants to know what the boring, never changing Los Angeles weather is going to be like.
I really did have a fantastic time and was reminded once again today what is important about Christmas. It doesn’t matter if you eat ham at the Christmas table or a hot dog at an NBA game as long as your are spending it with the people who you love and love you – it is all good.
By the way, I received another gift today from my husband and sons that truly made my day. I am now proud owner of an NFL team. They purchased stock for me in the Green Bay Packers. Something I have wanted since I missed out on the last sale in the 90s. Go Pack!
So now that I shared a little about my Christmas, I am wondering how yours turned out?