And how was your Christmas Day????

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straydog
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   Posted 12/26/2011 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope everyone had a great Christmas. It truly can be a magical time for the young and the old. I count myself as one of the lucky ones. My children and grand child live close by and we spend the holidays together. This is what is important to us. Not what is bought or how much is spent, but actual time together. We have the one grandson now and he does entertain us a lot. We have certain movies we like to watch together and we also play games. We started something new this year, all of us working on one big puzzle, lol. We have our get together at my sons house and we know many of his neighbors who come by later for dessert time. They each bring a dessert and boy do we ever enjoy this part of the meal, lol.

We put on quite a spread of great food yesterday and had plenty of leftovers that went home with everyone for at least one more meal. Cooking is kept simple and everyone brings side dishes so no one is left to do it all. Our goal is the least amount of stress for everyone. We want to have fun and we do. I love to listen to my son and daughter go down memory lane of being little kids and remembering their Christmas' past. I have heard their stories about the peeking and finding the toys I thought I had stashed. I considered myself a good toy stasher until I heard their tales, lol.

Come on members, share your Christmas story with us.....
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White Beard
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   Posted 12/26/2011 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Excellent topic Straydog! I went to my sisters in Kentucky this year for Christmas! This has been the first Christmas that we have been together since we were kids in highschool! She has, (like me) carried on our family tradition of having steaks on the grill and eating them by candle light on Christmas Eve.  This year I brought the steaks ( inch and a half ribeyes) and her husband done the grilling and my sister provide all the fixings, baked potatoe, and fried onions and mushrooms in butter, and hot rolls and toss salad with everything with it. It was a really nice Christmas Eve! Christmas Day we went to my sisters youngest daughters house, and all the nieces and nephews and their spouses and kids were there. Everyone brought a dish or two, and there was both a  very big turkey and very large ham,  and everything that goes with them!!. It was a heck of a spread!, With a gift exchange after the dinner. It was one of the nicest Christmas's I have had in many many years!  Today my brother in-law to work so my sister and I braved the traffic and the crowds and went to the Mall in Lexington, just for the heck of it. They have a store that sells all kinds of Jelly Beans, and Gummies, and they have my favorite ones, grapefruit gummie wedges!  Both the regular and the slightly sweeter pink grapefruit ones. I love these things and it is the only place I know that has them, so as crazy as it sounds,  for me, it was really worth the hassle of making  the trip! LOL
 
I am having such a good time I just might stay through New Years, I have been invited to do so,  soooo......I just might stay! This is  so much better than spending the holidays alone, like I have the last few years!
 
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Chartreux
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   Posted 12/26/2011 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Susie/Straydog, so very glad you and WhiteBeard had such a wonderful Christmas...
I was lucky that our daughter made it home from University safe and is with her Father and I.
I got what I'd hoped for and that was rain, Texas really needs this rain....Christmas Eve, we had
pizza and went to church services, and our daughter played her Flute, two Manneheim Steamroller pieces,
and a Christmas melody...She's sounded so Wonderful...I truly wish y'all could hear her play, so sweet...
She'll make a good Band Director...On Christmas day I took it easy, and we had Lasangna, French Bread
and Peach Pie after's....That's what we like best for Christmas day and it's our tradition, we'll have
Ham on New Years day....
Many Many Blessing to Everyone for 2012....
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Chutz
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   Posted 12/27/2011 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Great topic!

We do Christmas with my kids/family on Christmas Eve. That way those who have other family can spend Christmas Day with them. It's how we have learned to share our kids over the years. My mom started the tradition many years ago and the kids love it.

Our crowd was a bit smaller this year but with 3 young grandkids it was lively. The younger ones belong to one daughter and her hubby. Baby who was born preemie just over a year ago is walking like crazy now and was so cute with this new adventure called Christmas. Her two big brothers were as silly as ever with new toys from Grandma and Grandpa. They're always fun to watch.

The oldest grandchildren/grandsons are 17 and 20 and also they brought along our soon-to-be granddaughter. Yep, the oldest grandson, 20, gave his beloved an engagement ring for Christmas. It was so much fun since the rest of us knew about his plans. She was so surprised and happy. They are going to wait 1-2 years before the wedding to get some more school/work behind them and will then have a great life together. I will be sewing the brides dress so I have a lot of time to work on it.

The older kids helped clean and cook and without them we would never have been ready for the arrival of the remaining guests. I was mighty tired by the time the evening was over. On Christmas day the oldest grandkids and hubby & I just relaxed and did what we wanted to do...mainly veg out!

I hope others had a peaceful day.

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