Saturday began the Christmas festivities - my mom's side of the family assembled at my parents' house and we shared a rousing game of "steal-your-gift" and ate more food in the space of four hours than is necessary to eat in an entire weekend.
Tomorrow we will do our small Christmas exchange with A&W and myself. Pot roast and steamed vegetables for dinner, followed, most likely, by A Muppet Christmas Carol and the opening of gifts.
Christmas Eve has been, for as long as I can remember, the time to gather with my Dad's side of the family at Gram & Gramps' house with all 15 cousins plus "hangers-on" for the spread. If you know Gramma, you know this dinner is to die for. mmm.
Christmas Day looks like a day to lay a little low - we'll be at my parents', but there are no planned festivities, save both sets of Grandparents visiting for "lupper."
A has to work overnight Christmas Day, but when he gets back to Waterdown Boxing Day morning, it will be Veenstra Family Tradition Time - a big breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausages, toast, juice, and LOTS of coffee, followed by more coffee while we read Luke 2 and then take turns opening stockings and the gifts under the tree.
After gifts are opened, and a little time is spent enjoying each others' company, A&W and I will round up our things, and head back to Alliston for the Stewart Family Christmas, where we're starting a new tradition this year - no big dinner (we'll save that for Thanksgiving and maybe Easter) - but loads of finger foods and just hanging out. No formal program is adhered to, and hopefully this year the power won't go out.
Then, on the 28th, A&W and I will head back to Waterdown (again), for my parents' 25th Wedding Anniversary and a family-trip to The Keg. mmmm.
So if you don't hear from me for a bit - that's why. We're a little busy in the next little while.
Merry Christmas! May God bless you richly in this season of remembering our Saviour's birth.