Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas 2013

This year we celebrated Christmas on the Cape with Kevin's family. We had decorative snow flurries on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The 5 Clous opened a few gifts at Grandma Kathy's in the morning before having a wonderful brunch at Dave and Dolores's house.

Christmas on the Cape 2013
Early morning at Grandma Kathy's

Christmas on the Cape 2013
Thanking Grandma for his new art set

Christmas on the Cape 2013
Opening presents for Itty Bitty

Christmas on the Cape 2013
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!

Christmas on the Cape 2013
You wish you were eating this brunch right now.

Christmas on the Cape 2013
Linny, Dave, and Dolores

Christmas on the Cape 2013
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.

Christmas on the Cape 2013
This is the before picture: Gifts for 12.5 people
   
Christmas on the Cape 2013
Dickie handing out presents to Steve and Kathy

Christmas on the Cape 2013
Mary, Great-grandma Ruth, and Nesie opening stuff

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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).

Christmas on the Cape 2013
Chaos- James focused on the first toy he opened.

Christmas on the Cape 2013
The 3.5 Clous of Long Island! Super excited to be 4 Clous next Christmas.

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