Here is what our tree looked like on Christmas Eve with all the presents underneath. Sort of ridiculous. Note Sage relaxing on the couch. She never gets stressed...
I have been blog visiting and it sounds to me like there were lots of nice holiday celebrations going on for the past couple of days. I am happy to report that mine went very well also.
Christmas Eve was spent with the extended family at my former MIL's house. She is nice, but gets very tense...yet insists on hosting this thing year after year. Still, it was lovely. Good food, a chance to visit with everyone all at once, and a way to exchange gifts face-to-face with the people we won't actually see on Christmas Day. Everyone made out like bandits and that was just a little taste of what was to come.
I had actually kept up with my wrapping as things came in this year, so unlike some previous years burned into my memory, I was not up all night wrapping frantically. All I had to do was put out hidden things and stuff the stockings (even my own.) With Kick Back Dude and his family coming over, there were 10 stockings lined up this year!
Christmas morning was a bit less early this year. Handsome Lad, at 10.5, is not quite as early rising as he once was, and is the youngest in the house. And we knew the KBD fam would not make it over until 8:30 or so. They did manage to get over in a very timely fashion, as did my mom. Once everyone was assembled we went to work on the mountain of presents. Even with a big group, that was a lot of gifts! Every year, I have to relearn the fact that I am not the only one buying gifts...I don't need to worry so much! Everyone was so happy and it is wonderful to see the kids (even the big ones) opening things they longed to have.
After presents we had a brunch of eggs scrambled up with cheese and corn tortilla bits. That brought the end to the programmed part of the day :-) Christmas Day tends to be calm at my house, with a long afternoon stretching out to organize all the new stuff. Often we fit in a movie and yesterday was no exception. Me, Girlie Girl, Kick Back Dude, Princess Diva, Social Animal, and one of his friends all decided to go see Juno. I loved it. The actors just killed, seriously. And the soundtrack was excellent fun. Two snaps and a twist, yo!
Handsome Lad picked seeing I Am Legend, with his dad. I haven't seen this yet, but people I've talked to seemed to like it. Oh, and I've gotten good in person reviews for Sweeney Todd and I admit to being curious...
I seem to have wandered off topic here...but nevermind. It was a very merry Xmas after all.