It was a two day Christmas for us this year. It began early on the morning of Christmas Eve as we loaded presents and food into the car and drove to our daughter Sheila’s house. It was 8:30 in the morning and they had already opened their family presents and were excited to show them to us. As the hashbrowns baked in the oven we passed out the gifts we’d brought for the teenagers and their mom and dad. Not too much shopping or wrapping for their gifts this year. They both had asked for some of the green stuff and were happy to get it. Breakfast followed with hashbrowns, caramel rolls, quiche` and fruit. It was a great start to the day.
The afternoon was spent baking pumpkin pies for Christmas day. Then we were off to the annual get together with the Krueger clan. It was the typical in, eat, hugs and head back out again. There were less of us there this year and I’m sure this trend will continue.
The Davis clan showed up at our house around 9pm that night with the kids already in their pj’s. It took a while for them to settle into bed but they were soon asleep and restoring their energy for the excitement of Christmas Day.
Grandma was the first one up. Sitting with her cup of coffee in the soft glow of the Christmas tree lights she enjoyed the peace and quiet before the children woke. Paula’s homemade cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting made the perfect Christmas breakfast before putting the turkey in the oven.
Children waited impatiently for ‘Auntie’ to arrive so the present opening could begin. Flurries of wrapping paper flew through the air as each child took their turn at unwrapping one of their gifts. Big eyes and wide smiles and a few squeals of delight were captured on video cameras and the snaps of digital devices.
Potatoes and vegetables were placed on the stove to complete the traditional turkey dinner. The turkey was removed brown and crisp, filled with moist bread stuffing. Grandma stands slowing stirring that savory turkey gravy made from the drippings. Her daughters set the table, mash the potatoes and warm the homemade rolls. Dinner is ready to serve.
Five year old Joel offers up the table grace and the feasting begins. When no one can eat any more the table is cleared and the cousins allow their imaginations to lead them on pirate adventures around the house. Grandma and Grandpa lay down for a short nap as the young parents spend some fun time together around the table.
Pumpkin pie with whip cream fills in the afternoon gap before the leftovers are retrieved again from the refrigerator to finish off the day before the children are loaded into the family vans and shipped off to find their own comfy beds after a full day of fun and family.