Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given – when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes. ~Joan Winmill Brown
We had a very happy Christmas here. Our traditions for Christmas Eve continued. Homemade stromboli for dinner, new jammies and an ornament (or two!) then a drive around town to look at the Christmas lights. Liam was the first up on Christmas morning (no big surprise there!) at 5 am, but we managed to put him back to bed for another half hour before they both were begging to see if Santa had come. Presents were opened in waves with the kids having plenty of time to play with their new toys, and plenty of hot coffee and coffee cake (my mom’s recipe) for Jeff and me. Jeff started a fire in the afternoon, we all vegged with Christmas movies and someone even took a nap (I confess–it was me!). Phone calls were made to the grandparents and dinner was an easy turkey and ham sampler (thanks Harry & David) and homemade (spelt) dinner rolls. After dinner, there was one more gift to open (Thanks Granny! We love this tradition!) and yummy carrot cake. Yes, it was a Merry Christmas indeed.