Sunday, December 30, 2012


Ah, Christmas morning.... is there anything more fun than waking up to presents and surprises?

The children opened their stockings and gifts from Santa first.

Josie got a dollhouse and Henry received a new lacrosse stick.

Georgia got a giraffe:

Lily got a white furby and Avery got a new pancreas.

...wait - what?  Oh.  Diabetes humor.  I get it.

After we opened Santa's gifts, we got down to business and opened the rest of the family presents.

Henry's gift had a letter inside:

It told him to go down to the basement and to get his fingers warmed up.

Henry got a pin-ball game and after he fought off the adults in the house, he got to play a few games on his own.

Then we pulled him away so we could go back upstairs and finish the presents.

There were more treasures to unwrap:

When there are 14 people, present opening can seem very, very long!

At the end of the morning, we were all pretty worn out.

Fast forward 8 hours later, it was time for Christmas dinner.

We opened our crackers and put on our crowns:

We dined on traditional lasagna (which was almost ruined since I forgot to take the plastic wrap off the top before putting the pan in the oven). Whoops!  Luckily for all of us hungry people, I realized my mistake early enough to avert total disaster.

Christmas was on Tuesday this year and our family stayed until Thursday.  We had such a great time hosting and enjoying every one's company.... but a few minutes after the last people left our house on Thursday morning, I said good-bye to one important part of Christmas:  The tree.

Oh My Gosh - that darn tree was TORTURE this year.  I don't know if it was because we had a much bigger tree than usual or if we inadvertently got a different type of tree than we have before ... or if the tree farm sprayed our tree with some offensive chemical, but I have NEVER had such allergies to a Christmas tree before.  Henry and I were suffering the entire two weeks the tree was up and that was with the allergy medicine, shots (on Henry's part) and an air-purifier going 24 hours a day.  

My eyes, sinus' and nose were begging me to drag that tree out of the house and that's exactly what I did.

Normally we would wait until after New Year's to take down the tree, but I couldn't wait another minute.  

And once Gordy had removed the tree, I realized that we didn't wait a minute too soon.  Check out the mess the tree left in it's wake:

The ornaments are boxed up and living in our attic once again.  The decorations have been removed and our house is back to normal.  I miss all the hustle and bustle but it's been nice to breathe through my nose again.

How was everyone else's holiday?


Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

So glad you had a great Christmas!!

Angie said...

Looks like everyone got lots of goodies! Glad you all had a great Christmas and REALLY glad you all are feeling better!

Martha said...

THanks, Lisa!

Thanks, Angie!

Merry Christmas to you both!

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