this is the final christmas celebration post (boo hoo!). although we did do an extra leg of the holidays in virgina, i didn’t lug my camera with (nor did anyone in the group really want to be photographed – we’re all too casual and laid back, relaxin’ all cool). SO, here is our christmas extravaganza on the morey side, complete with santa and our very emotional grab bag.
kristyn was kind enough to bring some delicious wine for us to drink (sidenote: her suitcase weighed almost 60 pounds, as she was able to smuggle 6 bottles of booze from boston to chicago! i was impressed).
we were so lucky to have dan’s grandparents (bud and steph or gram and dziadz) with us. they have been married for 64 years!!! they tell some absolutely amazing stories about their lives, their courtship and what they’ve been through together. it’s enthralling.
kristyn and i listened to them for the longest time, laughing and loving them so much.
even the little guys put down their technology to hear what they had to say.
dan’s family has a “shot time” tradition (not limited to the holidays specifically, but i think we take a lot more around christmas than we do at other times). the ladies were shooting pumpkin liqueur and chocolate eggnog (SO GOOD!)
eventually, of course, all “the kids” ended up on cell phones, video games and other forms of technology. back in my day …
things really got going once santa showed up.
he had two helpers this year – their costumes were amazing.
santa had a gift, a laugh and a kiss for everyone.
everyone delighted in their gifts, from santa or otherwise.
the grab bag had everyone in awe this year.
this year, everyone was supposed to share a smell, memory, taste, etc that reminded them of their recipient. it led to a lot of sentimentality and a lot of crying, hugging, kissing and reminders of love. it was wonderful.
if you are wondering about who i had … it was dan! i made his gift. when he and i were about to get married, we wrote our own vows. at the last minute, i chickened out and didn’t want to memorize mine. we went with traditional vows, but we still have our original vows written down. you may remember that dan gave me his for valentine’s day one year. for christmas, i wrote mine on a canvas to hang near his.
what an absolutely wonderful holiday we had this year. so much excitement, happiness and love. we’re going to do our best to keep this going all year round. it shouldn’t be an annual event, but a daily one. merry belated christmas!