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....