Luckily my parents were super understanding and flexible about the situation, and we made a plan to open all the immediate family gifts on Christmas Eve after church and dinner (we decided to order in Chinese in honor of A Christmas Story).
As usual, everyone was incredibly generous and thoughtful with their gifts this year. And it was actually really fun to open presents at night in the glow of all the Christmas lights and decorations. We got lots of great stuff that we'll be able to use at the new house, and it seemed like everyone liked our gifts, too.
|Playing games while we anxiously awaited it to be time to open presents!|
|Gorgeous Christmas tree and Mom super excited to open her first gift.|
|Lovely Christmas decorations all throughout the house.|
|A White Christmas!!|
A few hours later our relatives from my Dad's side of the family arrived for our annual Christmas morning brunch. After eating way too much delicious food we gathered together around the tree to open gifts. We had two rounds this year; the first was an extended family name drawing and the second was a White Elephant gift exchange.
|Dad always plays Santa.|
|With my favorite ladies on the couch waiting for the fun to start.|
|Shane, Tara and AJ.|
|Greg & Diane.|
|Tara with her White Elephant win - temporary arm tattoo sleeves.|
|Score for me and Stew - he was very excited about his 2013 Chuck Norris|
calendar and I loved my Christmas decorations.
|Me and Kate with the book she stole from her mom.|
After the gift giving was complete we proceeded on to another family tradition... the annual photo shoot!
|Couples shot of Tara & Jody.|
|Family portrait of the cousins.|
|The Getchman Family.|
|Grandpa & Grandma with all the Grandkids.|
|A little while later my sister Nichole sent me these|
adorable shots of our nieces Sophia and Aubrey
opening the gifts we mailed down to them.
We missed seeing them for Christmas so much!
|And later that afternoon I went over to my Grandma Sally's house to see my Mom's|
side of the family, but I neglected to take any photos except this one of these
absolutely adorable penguins.
|And I stopped by the station on my way home to have Christmas|
dinner with the crew and drop of Stew's gift from the family gift
exchange... which I am really jealous of!
What I tried to keep in mind this year (while I was incredibly sick and really missing my husband) is that while nothing is ever perfect, I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful family that I get to spend time with for the holidays. Stew and I hope that you had an absolutely amazing Christmas with your family and friends this year.