Christmas Eve has always been the day we celebrate with my side of the family, and 2008 was no exception. I worked late into the evening and met Lisa and the kids at my parents apartment around 7pm, ecstatic that a predicted snowstorm had came and went without any muscle behind it.
[The kids had been unable to find the camera prior to leaving for my Mom's, so you'll have to excuse the blurry camera phone shots. The lighting was quite dim]
Dinner was kiebalsa and ham, peas and carrots, macaroni and potato salad, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs and a chocolate cake, the latter three all made by Lisa.
When it was time to open gifts the family reverted to a free-for-all style, but I quickly barked my displeasure and some order was restored. I at least got to see half the presents opened.
My Mom was polite but less than thrilled when we presented her with a set of 5 Garth Brooks concert DVD's - until we explained they were DVD's and not CD's, at which point she seemed very happy.
YaYa treated us all to a song on the piano (and did a better job than any of us expected!)
My sister seemed to genuinely love an outfit Lisa bought her
Smiley liked his Spiderman bedspread and his dinosaur (more on that one later)
Here I am at the tail end of a four or five minute giggle fit, following a very stupid joke I told.
After it all we passed out oplatki [sic], blessed wafers that are distributed throughout the room by each person in birth order. I am now third in line behind my parents, while Lisa still coos about coming after my sisters (and thus being younger then them)
Like I said before, I nice, relaxing time with my family, and a fine kickoff to the busy Christmas holiday