Before I knew it December 24th was here. After a busy day filled with Christmas preparations, I looked forward to sitting down with my family and unwrapping our gifts. Our tradition is to unwrap presents on Christmas Eve, and then go to church ("midnight" mass at 9 pm).
|Our poor, unstable Christmas tree|
But during the day, we had a small catastrophe. Our Christmas tree, which always had a lean to it, gave in to gravity and fell over. I came downstairs to find Roger and Cody desperately trying to right the tree. The stand had also tipped, spilling water all over the carpet and dousing some of our presents.
|My family imitating our Christmas tree|
We tried to get the tree to stand up straight, but it wouldn't cooperate. In the end, Roger gave up and left it leaning against the wall. That evening, while shooting family photos, we decided to do a pose that would make the tree feel right at home.
|Family photo by our leaning Christmas tree|
|I unwrap my "fraglie" present|
|Cody digs into his present|
|Denise has a BIG present!|
Roger had gotten the kids each jackets from China. Denise got a Spyder ski jacket, which Roger wrapped in a really big box.
|Denise mugs for her mom's camera|
|Cody models his jacket from China|
|Denise expresses her surprise in getting the game of "Clue"|
|I caught Cody smiling!|
|The men of the family working on more gifts|
|My kids, clowning for the camera|
|Roger and I pose in front of the tree|
|Bear gets his own doggy blanket|
Even Bear got a Christmas gift - his very own doggy blanket! But he was too busy chewing on his toy to fully appreciate it.
Another holiday season has come and gone. It's been good to have everyone here and celebrate as a family. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!