And to all a good night

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope your day has been filled with family and good cheer. We are back from the day with family. My sister and her family are in town and having Christmas with a 4 year old and a 2 year old is quite interesting! We went over to my parents house at 7:15 this morning, surprisingly enough the kids were still asleep. That didn’t last for too long.

My niece got up about 15 minutes later. She was SO excited about what Santa left her underneath the tree. We did have to convince her to wait to get into the wrapped presents until everyone had woken up and gotten up. Fortunately for her, little brother didn’t sleep too much later and she was able to go wake uncle up downstairs. And while we were waiting for everyone to get up, DH and I put a quickie breakfast casserole together for everyone.

Once everyone got up and into the living room around the tree, things got fun. My niece was playing Santa’s helper, sort of. She started out handing out presents to people as her Mom read the labels to her. She delivered 3 presents to others, then the first present with her name came up. She stopped, sat right down there, and ripped into that present with gusto! After she got into the gift and either played a few minutes or put it on if it was clothing. So we managed to start distributing around her when she was occupied and got packages to everyone. Then the package destruction started in earnest! The 2 year old was more interested in the train in front of the tree than any of the packages that were under it. He needed some help realizing that those brightly colored packages in front of him were actually gifts.

I was pleased to recive the Harry Potter Schoolbooks box set: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages. The annotations in the margins of the Fantastic Beasts book are wonderful! And the movies Serenity and Pirates of the Carribean, Dead Man’s Chest were fun to get too! For those times when the mad scientist inspiration strikes, I got a pair of Girl Genius Mad Scientist Goggles. Bwahahaha!

After we all opened the presents, the breakfast casserole was finished and we had breakfast. We took our time and played with the kids throughout the day. And the main meal was a group effort, rather than one person’s hurculean task. We had a turkey breast, ham, sweet potato casserole, broccoli casserole, tomato, mozzarella and basil salad, rolls, and other stuff. Dinner was at 4:00 PM, but we snacked and tasted most all day long.

Now I’m home with a cat on my lap. What better way to end the day. Have a wonder evening, y’all.

I love this quote of the day, Dr Suess. It sums it all up more than anything else.

Have your self a merry little Christmas.

Its almost here, and I’m almost ready for it! Most of the presents are purchased, and family is starting to arrive in town. Half of those presents are wrapped. There are even presents for the pets gotten. It is coming together now.

I can deal with the Christmas music now. When some of the local radio stations went to the 24/7 Christmas music at the beginning of November, I wasn’t impressed. And the stores putting Christmas decorations out before Halloween? Why? There is a time for everything, and every season. Let us enjoy the holidays in their own time. Now I’m a parrothead, and Radio Margaritaville is playing Christmas music from the various artists that get airtime there. Jimmy Buffett doing Mele Kalikimaka and Jerry Jeff Walker doing Merry Christmas from the Family are fun ones. And more traditional tunes are also part of the lineup. The best part is that you can listen to it online!

And in 2 days Christmas’ll be here. Woohoo!