I was up at 5am to begin the family Christmas dinner. Most preped the night before but still alot yet to do when your cooking for a big bunch. Stuff the turkey, make the dressing, roast the prime rib, make the gravy. Rolls done, pie done, veggies done. Charlie assits with the final meal prepping. I've always loved cooking for my family and our Holiday meal together is very special to me. Still lots of time to relax together, enjoy our coffee and share our personal gift exchange with one another. Our 35th Christmas. We are blessed.
The kids began arriving.....one by one. We started the pictures of course as each family arrived. Never can have to many pictures at Christmas. We ended up taking over 100 pictures. The little ones waited patiently with great anticipation. Organizing the gifts and getting ready to tear in. They went full blast opening their stacks of gifts. Don't think they would ever be able to take turns opeing one gift at a time as they watched one another. Maybe one day when they get alittle older. Its fun now watching them at this age.
We decided this year that the adults would draw a name for secret santa and also have our first ever white elephant gift exchange. Great decision. This was alot of fun and guessing we will do it now every year. Lots of stealing going on as all the gifts were great choices. It was a wonderful Christmas and we are blessed to be able to share it together as a family. The house is quite now, I'm worn out and unfortunately have to work tomorrow. Need to decide how long to leave up the decorations. hmmm What a Merry Christmas! Perfect