I am lucky enough to live near most of my family. My sister lives about a mile away, and my daughters and their families are nearby. Two live only a few houses away, and the other about 20 minutes away. My brother and his family are the only ones who aren't close. So, I am lucky to spend Christmas, and the Christmas season, with the people I love.
Carmen and Mr. Primcat came over Saturday and took one of our cats for a Christmas present for her MIL. She was wanting a black cat for Christmas. We just happened to have a very lovey black cat named Buddy who desperately wanted to be a spoiled indoor cat. Well, Saturday they both got their wish.
Many of our family are sick this season. Luke just wanted to go to bed. You know he's sick if he doesn't want to eat, or open presents... Angie, Chuck and Kaylee have been sick for several days, and while Rachel and Cody are feeling much better, now Joe is sick. Being sick put a bit of a damper on their holiday.
So, here are a few pics from the last few days.
We hung up some outdoor ornaments on the lilac by the mailbox. Hubby made the decorative birdhouse a couple of weeks ago.
We put up the snow family and added icicle lights to mimic snow
I haven't decorated as much the last few years, as I used to, but here are a few glimpses of Christmas decor around our house this year.
We all met at my sister's house for dinner, and everyone brings food. We always make more than enough food. After dinner the kids opened their gifts and then the adults have a white elephant swap. The reoccuring gift of choice was dental hygiene. New toothbrushes turned up in more than one box. I lucked out and got one of the "premiere" gifts, a hand crafted star made by my daughter Rachel and her hubby Joe. My hubby had built a large bird house like our red one shown above, and it was the other "premiere" prize. My sister ended up with it.
I got a lot of very nice things. I'll show those off another day. More than anything, I got to spend time with the people I love and that means everything.
I hope you enjoyed your holiday too.