After working through both Christmas Eve and Day, I was able to celebrate Christmas. On the night of the 25th we went to Ben's family's get-together of aunts, uncles, and cousins. It was so nice to be out with folk, eating turkey and gravy, and opening presents for the kids. I was on call, but luckily nothing came up.
Bright and early the next morning we packed boy and dog and presents in the car to go over the river and through the woods. My other siblings arrived later that evening, and family was finally all together. We even had more snow falling. It finally felt like Christmas Eve.
This morning we opened presents! I'm typing on my new macbook and LOVING it. My old laptop had been on life support for most of this year. We were all thoroughly spoiled. Jack ate a chocolate wrench for breakfast. We spent the rest of the day fiddling with new devices, quietly entertained and enjoying each others company.
Jack received a splendid array of things good for boys - toys, books, toothbrush, candy, and clothes. He went sledding both today and yesterday and LOVES it. (Photos will be in another post.) Ben and I gave him a camera for Christmas. He went nuts with it! Immediately starting snapping pictures of everyone and everything. I'm going to keep his photos on my flickr account for sharing. The only editing I did was deleting duplicates and super super blurry pictures. Instead of reviewing the scattered few I took today, please enjoy Christmas from Jack's point of view! The full set is here, but my favorites are below.