Thankfully we had a full house for Christmas this year.
On most days, Whiskey guards the homestead at the kitchen window. On Christmas Eve, Reagan took up post, watching and waiting. We finally put her to work loading the food tray. Judging from the looks of the tray, I think she has a future in catering, although there is some danger that she might eat the profits.
We always take a moment to remember the real meaning of Christmas with a scripture reading. This year Allen and Anna read “The Meaning of Christmas” from Charlie Brown’s Christmas.
The laughter that filled the house was music to my ears. It was also music to my ears when Travis opened his present of two shirts and said “sweet”. Cody and Travis both got shirts from us and they both seemed happy with them. Whew. I’ve discovered as the grandkids get older, the gift buying gets more difficult. I think they were all relieved that I didn’t insist they line up for a group photo.
It is a good thing that I have a good sense of humor. Alicia and Greg gave me a basket full of cool gifts. Tessa said she liked the basket, and I told her she couldn’t have it. That is when Cara blurted out “she can have it when you die”. We were all flabbergasted and she was like “What? It’s true”. I laughed so hard that I cried. Good tears.
We bought blankets for Jim’s mom to give each of her Great Grandkids. I embroidered their names on them. It turns out that those blankets were the hit of the night.
The evening ended with a little Wii play, pool play, and horse play. We had the best time!
And there you have it – Christmas at our house in the woods of Missouri.