Yesterday was the day of days! And, boy, did we have fun! We start the day at 7:00 AM when the children wake with wonder and excitement. They dig in their stockings then see what Santa brought! And he brought a haul this year! The last present for each child is always a treasure hunt. I hang a clue on the tree that leads them through a series of clues to where the last present is hidden.
In the afternoon, we journey to John’s sister’s house for the family party — a huge gathering of all the cousins and aunts and uncles. There was the fierce scrabble competition:
Some sat by the fire and chatted.
Some hopped from person to person in excitement.
And then there were presents! My children opened many and we handed out a bunch. For my sweet nephew B who is amazing in the kitchen, some professional chef gear. He was also given a panini press by another relative — we expect great (and tasty) things from B.
There was a lot of food and a lot of laughter.
The adult women exchanged our favorite things — our yearly tradition. We each decide on our favorite new item of the year and then buy 8 of that item to share with the others. I walked away with fun stuff — a men’s sleep shirt, set of aprons, lip balm from Italy, body butter, a microwave popcorn popper, an indestructible water bottle, and music.
After much celebration, it was time for dinner and the drive home. The children were tucked in bed, the parents were exhausted, but we were all happy. A very, merry Christmas indeed!