PART I: CHRISTMAS MORNING
just as we have for a few years now, we all gathered at paul and sharon’s house on christmas morning – not too early, mind you! 9 a.m.-ish is a sane and reasonable hour to meet-up!
while we awaited the arrival of
santa the torontonians, we caught up on family news! as of ten days ago, andrea and joel are back from australia! kate regaled us with the tale of her justin bieber concert outing this past week – she was chaperone to eight giggling girls! alex is applying to universities for next fall – where does the time go? and we gave thanks that mom does not have the flu like last christmas!
soon enough, the little ones arrived – in new christmas finery…
…and bearing new christmas toys!
bring on breakfast!!!
NOW I CAN FINALLY SHOW YOU OUR BUNS!!! [sidenote: on saturday, after she finished baking the sticky buns, mom sent me an email entitled "my buns are beautiful!" see, there is no hope for our family].
new this year – kate manned a belgian waffle station!
it was truly a stellar year for the sticky buns – mom said it’s because the air was so light on saturday, she only need the minimum amount of flour.
with full tummies and nary a sticky bun crumb in sight, we convened to the living room for our gift exchange:
the outstanding gift of the year award this year (on the level of my abba box set from paul and sharon, a few years back) goes to little e’s pink computer – again, from paul, sharon and alex:
i truly squealed in delight when i opened…
what a delightful time. the gift giving was wonderful (no repeat gifts or exchanges to be done, this year!), the laughs, jokes and bantering even better.
(sidenote: just to share – from my 100 item christmas list, i joyfully received…)
then we broke for intermission. walking, napping, basting a turkey…we digested, rested and got ready for…
PART TWO: CHRISTMAS DINNER
we enjoyed some chill time while the turkey was finishing up doing its cooking thing. what better than to enjoy a viewing of the cartoon grinch?!
grandma joined us!
check out the bird!
and a buffet of side dishes:
and for dessert…
what a wonderful christmas. the warmth and love of family filled my heart with joy.
after the family all left (by 7:30 p.m. -> we’re a family of early birds), i stayed to help clean up. i’d much rather wash up than prep dishes!
i think you know me better than that!
i hope that you, too, enjoyed your christmas day. just 364 days til we fest again!
what is a favourite gift you gave or received this year? funny: i picked out the MAC eyeshadow for us to give to kate, and kate chose the MAC eyeshadow that i received from all the cousins! (different colours, at least!)
do you still have more christmas festivities to enjoy this year? we are celebrating immediate-family christmas on thursday!