Happy Christmas

Well, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Mine was enjoyable. I arrived home in Georgia late on Friday night, and family started arriving Saturday around noon. We had seventeen people and five dogs at our house for Christmas Eve (only 13 people and 5 dogs spent the night though). We had a big Christmas Eve dinner. Genny, I'm sure my plate looked like something Rebecca would fix - turkey, ham, mac and cheese, butter beans, cranberry relish, and of course rolls. We also had stuffing, potato salad, sweet potato casserole, chocolate cake, and banana cake. Oh, I fixed my white chocolate popcorn too, and it was a big hit.

After dinner we played with the kids, then did our traditional "pirates Christmas" ornament exchange and gifts with those who had to leave. Some of us went to the Christmas Eve service at Mom and Dad's church - the pastor's daughter sang "O Holy Night" and let me just say, she could rival Amy. Wow! It was a really good service. When we came home we played some Christmas trivia and then I beat my Uncle David at Boggle for only the third time in my life. It was a good night! (That's the game we play every time we're together, and it's always a challenge.)

We didn't have any little kids spending the night, so we didn't think we'd have to get up early to see what Santa brought. But one of the dogs was a little too excited to see Santa, and woke us all up with his yapping. So we had our traditional Krispy Kreme breakfast and then exchanged gifts. Santa was good to all this year. We had said we weren't going to go overboard this year - the point was simply to all be together. But we all received some nice gifts. I got a couple more Willow angels for my collection, a Target gift card (which will definitely come in handy), and my big gift which was a nice suit in which to interview or present papers.

All the aunts and uncles had other family members to go see for Christmas, so everybody left early this afternoon. Mom, Dad, Ben and I spent the rest of the day watching Elf, playing marbles, and relaxing. I will say, there were quite a few tears today from Mom and Aunt Kathy, because they were all really missing Nana (she died last January). We all missed her, and it wasn't really Christmas without her here. But it was nice that most of us were together. My Aunt Patty and her family ended up not coming at the last minute because my cousin BJ was in a wreck late on the 23rd. Thankfully he was not hurt (though the car was totaled). God protected all of us in our travel, and we thank Him for that.

Anyway, I hope everyone's Christmas was filled with blessings, and that you enjoy the rest of the holidays. I'll post some Christmas pictures later. Until then, Happy Christmas!


Genny said…
Yes, sounds like Rebecca's plate except she wouldn't touch butter beans (yum) and cranberry relish (yum) with a 10 ft. pole.

Glad you had a nice day.
Paige said…
sounds fun. when are you coming home?
Paige said…
I'm definitely in for scrap the superbowl!

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