The day started out early, literally at the very beginning of December 25, as we went to midnight mass at St. Peters to begin our celebration of Christmas day.
At eight in the morning we ran over to our daughter and son-in-law's home to watch grandsons Henry and Patrick open their gifts. Let me tell you, little children really make day, they are so excited and so caught up in the moment and of course they are just so gosh darn cute!!
We headed back to our house so Dave could carve the ham while I finished some other meal prep. Then then we waited for our younger two, Ben and Emily, to emerge from their bedrooms, and our oldest son Matt and his wife Traci, and Brad, Amber and the boys to arrive. By eleven everyone was assembled in the living room and a fun and crazy chaos took over as we opened gifts. My sister Marika, husband Brian, and nieces Carly and Caitie arrived at one thirty and the feasting began. After dinner, dessert, much snacking and glasses of wine, everyone staggered to the family room for a Chinese gift exchange! The rest of the afternoon we chit-chatted and enjoyed each others company. By six everyone had gone home, our younger two left with their dates, and Dave and I put the house back together. We really enjoyed our day, it was a wonderful Christmas and we feel truly blessed. Some pictures for your enjoyment.
|The Holy Family|
|Henry was up bright and early to see what Santa had brought him.|
|Patrick found his stocking to contain many interesting things!|
|The boys take a good look at their new toy box specially built for them by Grandpa.|
|Emily, Ben, and Henry wait patiently for gift opening time.|
|Dave is thrilled with his grilling apron. Grill Master, The Man, The Myth, The Legend!|
|The joyful chaos of Christmas morning.|
|Brad and Henry try out the basketball hoop while tired Patrick has a cuddle with Mommy.|
|Mission accomplished - Patrick is taking a much needed nap!!|
|Marika and Brian model their loot from the Christmas Crackers.|
|Matt and Traci.|
|Dave and me.|