Our Christmas -- 12/26/08

My 12th entry for this year's Holidailies...
(Just wander in from Holidailies? There's an introduction to the main characters down towards the bottom of the page... just scroll down.)

Well, we did not get the tree up on Christmas Eve.

Nancy had pointed out that it was raining outside and, with the tree still on the roof of my car, it would be thoroughly wet, too wet to bring inside and decorate. We decided to decorate the tree in the morning and I put it on the front porch so it could dry off.

Thus, about nine o'clock Christmas morning, Jeremy helped me rearrange the furniture in the living room and we set up the tree and decorated it. It was not as big as we usually get (and was three or four weeks late according to the way we usually did things) but we had a good time all decorating it together. And, you know, despite being the best out of three trees left at a place that was getting ready to close on December 24th, I think it looks pretty good. It has a warm feeling of Christmas, family gathered to celebrate the holiday together.
Most years we open gifts and then eat breakfast, but we were pretty hungry by the time the tree was properly trimmed, so we opted to eat breakfast first: Nancy fixed our traditional blueberry pancakes and Jeremy cooked up a big batch of scrambled eggs. Jill, Eli (Jill's boyfriend), Jeremy, Nancy
After breakfast (really brunch) we made our way into the living room for the exchange of gifts.

This shows me opening a present from Jeremy, a home tool kit (hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, etc.). (That's Eli in the background wearing the toasty warm winter jacket that Jill gave him.)
Jeremy and I spent a bit of time watching television. He is a wizard with a remote control and was able to channel hop between From Russia with Love, Law & Order, and Mythbusters without missing anything significant. (The frequent and lengthy advertising breaks do help with that.)
We were invited for Christmas dinner by Nancy's sister Janet and her husband Tom.

Above: Jeremy, Nancy (on the phone with her brother Matt -- who is in the U.S. Marine Corps and everyone is glad he is in California this Christmas instead of in Iraq as in some recent Christmases), Jill, and nieces Lauren and Alison. On the left: nephews Chris and Mike, nieces Alison and Lauren, Janet, Tom, and Nancy's mother. (Hidden, sister Cathy, Chris' mom.)
Tom carving the turkey.

An introduction for those of you wandering in here from Holidailies for the first time: I'm just a middle-aged guy (but somehow I hit 65 on my last birthday) who lives in Rhode Island with my wife Nancy (a middle-school math teacher), daughter Gillian ("Jill" -- 26 yr old baker and part-time college student), son Jeremy (23 yr old restaurant cook and part-time college student), and Tiger (senior citizen cat). Eldest child Adam lives in New York City with his wife Leah and our grandsons Sam and Milo. I'm a programmer/systems analyst who got involved with software training and instructional design. I currently work from home doing quality assurance and editing on course material for both classroom courses and Web- based training courses for a very big computer company. I've been writing this online journal since 1996.

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