We are truly rejoicing! The miracle of Christmas is Christ WITH us!
We felt that joy as we gathered yesterday, the 26th.
For quite some time we communicated back and forth about simplifying Christmas.
How can you simplify something so grand?!
Instead we s.t.r.e.t.c.h.e.d it out. We allowed a day in between and still kept two favorite family traditions:
- Christmas Eve--shrimp, artichokes and one gift;
- Family Christmas--brunch, story, gifts, dinner.
Our family unit--Mike, sister Diane, and I--added one special event this year. We attended the second-annual-Monday-Night-Meal-crowd-Christmas-Eve brunch at Chef-son's.
This sign welcomed us (the DIL likes mooses and can do a great moose impression).
Handcrafted gifts were big this year. All the 'santas' worked long and hard. Sample photos follow.
I promised to show you what was in the little bag, one sock per week. Total completed: six. So, two of the ladies received one sock and a promise.
Chef-son and Karen show off their Klaytivity gifts: a soup tureen; a large bowl; two pizza stones; and a butter-bell.
Each family received a butter-bell and other unique thrown pottery. I really like our butter-bell!
BTW, notice the DIL's lovely new haircut, yet another activity included in our extended time together--the DILs work together to save money.
Sam made us a gift out of wood from the old barn--a stunning framed photo of his sons.
'Santa' baby was passed around, still the center of attention, and Auntie Leah cannot get enough of him.
The daughter was in charge of the Christmas meal, and we already voted her in for next year!
While dinner was cooking, most of the others went out to try their hand at archery (or should I say 'try their arms'?) Mike has been trying all week. Last Sunday afternoon I looked out the kitchen window and he was standing there so still waiting for the right moment to aim at some deer walking by. Unfortunately, no luck yet.
Today, we were busy watching the Colts' game. Several family members were gifted fan attire. Even the baby now has a shirt and socks, his brothers got new wool hats, Skye was wearing his Peyton Manning jersey and the women their Colts' necklaces.
It is snowing and so beautiful. All is quiet now and I can blog--the last post for Project 365!