Good morning, Christmas Number One! (cue the music -- the wonderful Ella!) And let me give you a head's up. Since I'm a first time gran, you're going to see a lot of little babies and family pix!
Yes, this is what it looked like. But we were all warm and toasty inside! Who wouldn't be with Lamb Chop at hand. (And yes, this is a Lamb Chop that came from a PBS meeting where I met Shari Lewis herself. Anybody under 40 probably won't understand that sentence.)
Our Christmas with the kids began on December 22 when Kevin and Molly arrived with our Baby Grand! It was an early night after dinner out but the fun began the next day with a trip to the mall.
What? Going to the mall on December 23? Yup. (Well, women and children to the mall while the guys were doing the real mission -- Home Depot!)
Greg arrived shortly after he returned and one thing became very clear. He and his little nephew are going to be very good buddies.
There was a whole lot of joy going on!
And lots of loving, too!
Our Christmas Dinner was on the 23rd in the evening, our "Christmas Eve." The mashed potatoes were a hit.
Our Christmas morning on the 24th was loads of fun. Terrific gifts all around -- and one delighted little guy who didn't really get it but was having fun!
Then our traditional egg and sausage strata breakfast. Our mimosas were made with sparking juice this year because another Baby Grand is on the way next summer! If one of us can't having champagne on Christmas morning, none of us will!
It didn't take much to keep our Baby Grand occupied and smiling. I highly recommend the jingle bell wreath -- it's practically indestructible!
It also makes an attractive Santa Lucia crown. (And I might say that necklace has had just about had the life sucked out of every piece dangling from it. Good thing I washed it before I came! In fact, I'm not sure what didn't get in this little guy's mouth, apart from choking hazards!)
All that merriment can be exhausting!
Meanwhile, Greg and I did our traditional cookie frosting.
Then, armed with cookies, he was off to his girlfriend's home for "real" Christmas Eve in the falling snow.
Kevin, Molly and our Sweet One took off the next morning for their third Christmas. Before they left we got a couple of my favorite photos...
And then the little guy was back asleep again!
By that time it was really coming down, but all arrived safely at their destination!
And the Christmas Neighbor came by, snowblowing sidewalks and driveways.
And so, to him and all we can only reiterate the words of Charles Dickens' Tiny Tim.
"God Bless us, Everyone!"
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