Despite the fact that colds or flu hit everyone (knock on wood - except Funoldhag) for the actual Christmas celebration, it was a very sweet, fun time with those of my family that were together. First Barclay, my son-in-law, came down with something. Then Ian, Hannah's boyfriend, had a cold when they got there, followed by Hannah starting to cough, etc., on Christmas Eve. Sherry fought it yesterday and today she can rest and take it easy and get over it. Sounds like we didn't have a good time - but we did!!
Christmas morning we had a family "get together" over the internet! Ian fixed it up some way so that Molly and her family in Portland and Norah and her family in Denver and the five of us were all on a three way facetime so that we could watch the little ones open the gifts we had sent them. Above is Annie opening a little dollhouse from Grandma and Grandpa here in Michigan. Henry tore into his gifts with gusto (reminiscent of his mommy when she was about that age) and was very enthusiastic about Christmas this year. Lauren was not too enthusiastic about gifts this year but she is just ll months old. Annie was very methodical in opening hers and very enthusiastic about looking things over. She is adorable (as they all are). She was really into a pink toolbox that Henry and Lauren sent her. I could never have imagined even ten years ago that we would spend Christmas together on the internet.
Annie and Daddy
The girls texted these pictures of the kiddies earlier. Thought you would enjoy Henry feeding Lauren's little dolly. It certainly seems that some day a long time from now will be a good daddy!
Two years ago, our family decided to have the adults draw names for a nice gift and then get stocking stuffers for every one. You might remember that I made a stocking for each. That has turned into such a fun tradition! After watching the kids open their things, it was our turn to open the stocking stuffers. Lots of fun and a lot of thought and love went into the items each person picked out. Next came the one big gift each one received from their Secret Santa. So much fun to see who had your name and what you got. There is a website where Molly put all our names in and they paired up the giftor and giftee. Even avoided husbands and wives from getting each other's name. Each person put up a list of things they would like and the giftor could pick from that. I had Chad, Norah's husband, and one of his was a beer making kit. Found that on Amazon and sent it along. I just put on my list a cozy nightie, wool socks and earrings. By golly, Norah had my name and I got all of them.
We spent a long time in our gift unwrapping session and it was almost as good as being together. Later everyone was texting about the neat stocking stuffers and how much fun we all had. I also talked to Bill - he and Ann were with her sister and family and her mom. They were having a great Christmas, also.
I am sure the kids will continue with this tradition over the years--when the little ones are all grown up they can join in the name drawing. However, it is so much fun finding them presents and seeing the excitement they get from receiving. Christmas is so much more fun with little ones around!!
In my box to Bill and Ann, I sent along a picture of a tabletopper I will be giving Ann. Could not finish it with my machine in the shop but now I can get it quilted and bound in the next week or so and get it off to her. Just sent her a picture of the top and here it is
It was a big Christmas!!!!!!!