Monday, December 26, 2011

Family Christmas and a Big Surprise

Our family Christmas get-together is usually on December 24th, but my older daughter had to work that day, so we moved it to the 23rd, and traveled about 90 miles to my son and daughter-in-law's home. I took two turkey breasts and my famous sausage dressing (both a big hit) and everyone else brought something, as usual. 

The weather was mild and we all enjoyed being together (at least I did.) My daughter-in-law outdid herself to make their home inviting, and we gathered later around their tree to open presents. Going in birth order, we each opened our gifts and the poor youngest kid had to wait what seemed forever to open hers, but to her credit, she didn't complain! 

We were joined later by my daughter-in-law's parents, whom we have always liked a lot but seldom see - so that was a treat! The surprise was that my brother-in-law, who usually comes here to visit on the 26th came early this year, and arrived on the night of the 22nd. We were very happy to see him, as was the rest of the family. The children have always called him "Uncle Papa" because he looks so much like mr. kenju (although not as tall.) His children are scattered; one in Ecuador and one in Chicago - so perhaps our kids and grands helped to make his Christmas celebration less bleak. 

Last night we went to my younger daughter's home for dinner. I finally got to meet her "gentleman friend", and I was pleased. Mr. kenju met him more than a month ago, but second-hand info is not as good as first-hand viewing for oneself!

This morning, I cooked breakfast (perhaps a twice a year treat) and made a cheese/onion/celery/thyme omelet with bacon and Bojangles biscuits. which are better than any I could bake. We ate in the dining room, to make it special. After that, we opened our presents and no one was too disappointed, I hope....LOL

Here's hoping that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas celebration! Now, on to 2012....


13 comments:

Ginnie said...

Sounds like you got your energy back and then some ! I'd tell you not to overdo it in the new year but I think that would be an impossibility for you. I wish I had your energy.
(Maybe you could share your famous sausage dressing with us ... I love new recipes.)

Arkansas Patti said...

Sounds like it just couldn't have gotten any better.
Maybe next year, go in birth order starting from the youngest.

Looking to the Stars said...

what a wonderful surprise you got!
Glad you had a great christmas. Yes, 2012 here we come.Gotta get my motor running, lol

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Your Christmas sounds really wonderful Judy...And the Celebrations go on for days...! What Fun! And how nice to be with family you don't see very often...!
Your Breakfast sounds yummmmmy, too! Christmas 2011---a lovely success and the gathering of more memories. What could be better.

Star said...

We got to know our youngest daughter's gentleman friend as well and introduce him to extended family. A lovely holiday. We still have some holiday fun left for today when the grand kids come to see if Sana left them anything under our ee. He did!

sage said...

Merry Christmas, Judy. Was that family gathering down in the Sandhills?

tiff said...

We had a good one here - lots of laughter and a bonfire! :)

joared said...

Glad you had a great family gathering. Merry Before and After Christmas -- and that day, too!

Lynn said...

Sounds like a lovely time. I like that birth order thing!

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all. Merry two days after Christmas, Judy. May your 2012 be healthy and happy.

Gilly said...

Sounds like a wonderful family Christmas! So pleased you had a good time.

Granny Annie said...

What a great report of a lovely Christmas. I love the nickname "Uncle Papa".

Pat said...

A lovely family Christmas Judy - no more that you deserve.xoxox