"Best Christmas ever!" This is Carmen's evaluation for this day. Everyone is chilling out, watching television. Carmen and Jacob just finished taking a bath and are in their pajamas. In a little while, we will be watching some Christmas special. . . I think it is "It's a Wonderful Life!" It is snowing outside, and the wind chill is close to seven degrees Fahrenheit. Very cold!
This morning we opened our gifts. Carmen was the designated Saint Nick, taking the presents from under the Tree and giving them to Grandma, Grandpa, Papa, Mama, or Auntie Susan. Susan came down from Chicago. It had been a ruckus celebration; a good one. I noticed Jacob warming up to his Grandpa during the whole thing. If ever there was one thing we could take from this holiday week, it would be the strengthening of family ties and building Christmas memories.
Later at lunch, we invited Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Max for a meal and a time to open our Christmas stockings together. We had a blast uncovering all the chocolates and little goodies from inside our stockings. I thought I would try to outdo this Christmas 2009, by making Christmas 2010 full of surprises inside our Christmas stockings and presents that would bring laughter and a bit of silliness. We will see!