Here’s a very belated update!
While some of the others went to The Hanging of the Green back in December…
Maggie, Benjamin, and I stayed back at John-Clay and Sarah’s.
We watched Eric, did dishes, and watched a movie. : )
Some of us have been able to volunteer
at a local place that serves a meal on week nights to those in need.
We had the Clay Christmas on the 17th.
Lot’s of food, family, little great-grands, presents, fun, and games!
Granny always gathers the little kids and tells an interactive Christmas story.
We’ve all had our turn as the kids gathered around Granny. : )
We sang some Christmas carols.
The kids did a gift exchange. Then we do a great big White Elephant bash…
…which we didn’t get any pictures of. :/
Each year Granny blesses each of us with a gift. : ) She gets a few in return.
We played a fun group game. The gist is to unwrap as much saran wrapped candy as you can before the next person rolls doubles! It was a hit. There was candy everywhere. It was an intense several minutes. : )
And of course good ‘ole 42 is always played.
Everyone was here for our family Christmas again this year! We so easily take it for granted! We celebrated the Friday and Saturday before Christmas.
The theme was “Chalkboard”.
Lots of prep goes into getting our “tea” ready. Basically it’s an appetizer night. : )
With it being a chalkboard theme…Maggie and I got put to work writing lots of
chalk things (the Peace, Love, and Joy was pre-made).
John-Clay bought himself an early Christmas present…A Lego Christmas train
that goes around on a track. Some people have a little obsession with Lego
around here…although I have to admit, it was pretty cool! The nephews were
pretty enthralled with it too.
Maggie is the wonderful-official-shrimp-fryer.
Look at what was at this little guy’s eye level when he walked in the door. : D
Is that a little too much temptation for you Evan?
Mom is so creative! She did great on the decorations.
Nephews are the best.
And yes, there is an extra someone in the picture above…
…more on that some other time. : )
The food is always so fun and scrumptious. So much work goes into it.
It’s worth it though, ‘cause you get to eat on it all weekend. : )
Each year we each draw a sibling’s (and in-laws) name. And give them a present at Christmas. Who you have is suppose to be kept a secret…but more often than not there’s some hashing out ideas, or something going on.
It’s fun to see the gifts and thought behind them.
Games, games, and more games.
Dad got called in to work Saturday morning.
So we held off on the presents and such till he got back. We played games…
…and just hung out. : )
Once Dad got back, we did our normal Christmas. Dad shared, we sang some
Christmas hymns…it’s so much fun to all sing together.
Since we were home…a car load of us were able to sing and pass out cards
at a couple of nursing homes on Christmas afternoon!
It was a treat to be able to share the joy of Christ’s birth with them…
especially fun ON Christmas. Their smiles made our day!
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21