Early morning at Grandma Kathy's
Thanking Grandma for his new art set
Opening presents for Itty Bitty
A little pre-brunch dancing with Dolores's granddaughter Lillian
It's really awesome how Dave and Dolores totally take us into their already huge family. We love you guys. There's usually 12 of them, but this year we missed Caroline because she's galavanting around Ireland. So altogether there were 17 of us at brunch!
You wish you were eating this brunch right now.
Linny, Dave, and Dolores
The littlest kids table: Ellen, Beatice, Lillian, and James
We went to Great-grandma Ruth's for the main gift event and dinner. Everyone was there this year: Great-grandma Ruth, Grandma Kathy, Nesie + Steve, Mary, Dickie, Katie, Chris, Kevin + me, Andrew, and James. So 12 of us altogether. It was loud and crazy. Not as loud and crazy as Christmas Eve Chinese dinner at Nesie's, but close.
This is the before picture: Gifts for 12.5 people
Dickie handing out presents to Steve and Kathy
Mary, Great-grandma Ruth, and Nesie opening stuff
The cousins opening presents.
This is James's third Christmas and I thought this year might be the first year James kind of gets it. He has a vague sense of Santa as a holiday celebrity, and he likes getting gifts, but he wasn't terribly interested in opening all of his presents. He was happy to open one present and just play with that indefinitely. Kevin and I had to sit on the floor and open for him. He loves everything he got, and a week later he's played with everything many times over, but he doesn't seem to get that all these new toys are a direct consequence of Christmas. In fact, he's mentioned a few times that he prefers Halloween even though he didn't even get candy at Halloween. So basically he likes costumes and spiders better than Christmas (a child after his mother's heart I suppose).
Chaos- James focused on the first toy he opened.
The 3.5 Clous of Long Island! Super excited to be 4 Clous next Christmas.