Germans traditionally exchange gifts on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. Since my father-in-law is now unable to travel even short distances, we all went over the in-laws' apartment for lunch today to celebrate a bit. We kept the gift-giving to a minimum this year - Mr M and I bought something for the house as our gift to each other, and the boys requested just one big item which they will share. Or at least try to share. Can you say Nintendo?
This evening we'll enjoy a light meal by ourselves and tomorrow we'll unwrap a couple more gifts and I'll make a turkey dinner with the works, including stuffing this time, because I've been craving stuffing even if no one else likes it.
We have two trees every year. One inside
and one outside (soon to be) decorated with snacks for the birds
Christmas is very special this year because a new member of the family came into the world on Thursday night in Vancouver. I hear she's very beautiful, with dark hair, blue eyes and a dimple in her chin just like the one her dad (my youngest brother) has. My parents are now opening their hearts (and let's face it, their wallets too!) to six grandchildren, three boys, three girls. They are, of course, pleased as punch. The oldest granddaughter, my other brother's girl, is now fourteen, and it's been five and a half years since our new baby girl's big brother M arrived on the scene so everyone is thrilled to have another little one to spoil. Our dear old Dad, who avoids large crowds where he can, is probably sitting there wondering how he ended up in the middle of all this. I'll just say one thing: you started it, Dad!