I try not to be too sappy, and I don’t subscribe to the idea that this is the designated time of year to be thankful for what you have; ideally, you’d do that year-round. That being said, it’s never a bad thing to take inventory and give yourself the mental space to feel grateful. This Christmas, as my long-suffering husband, parents and in-laws will tell you, I dragged my feet for a long time on making a Christmas list. I had a difficult time thinking of things I wanted (except for this new Monoprice tablet, which I didn’t put on any lists because hello, $400, but if you want to get it for me that’d be great thank you). I realized, in the manner of hackneyed Christmas movie heroes everywhere, that this was because I already had virtually everything I needed. I have a big, ridiculous, loving family; I have an adorable, ill-behaved puppy; I have talented and fabulous friends (and many more without Web presence), who tolerate my awkwardness with humor and grace; I have a nice little house and a warm bed; I have the software, equipment & knowledge to ensure I can make enough money to keep that house and bed; I have my health; and I have a wonderful, goofy, patient partner in crime, who loves me even on my worst days and assures me he does so because of my weirdness rather than in spite of it. He is also willing to collaborate me on ridiculous projects like this video, for which I am endlessly thankful.

I realize this post sounds like bragging, and maybe it is. When you’re this fortunate, maybe it’s ungrateful not to brag a little bit. But if it makes you feel better, I did also get a papercut yesterday while wrapping presents, and burn my tongue slightly on the Nutella mocha I was drinking this morning. (And now I’ve gone and bragged about my morning beverage. Sorry. Can’t help myself.)

TL;DR: Happy holidays, friends. Here’s some Pokémon.