We celebrated Christmas three times.
Christmas celebration #1 was held on Sunday at my brother and sister-in-law’s home. We left our home in Warren PA at 10:30 am en route Jim and Judy’s house. Jim and Judy live about an hour’s drive north of Pittsburgh. We arrived at Jim and Judy’s house at 1:00 pm. We thought we were the last to arrive. But that was not the case. While we were filling our plates, Judy’s brother Donald and his wife Gina arrived. Others who came to Christmas dinner, in addition to Jim and Judy, Donald and Gina and Bob and I, were our nephew Michael, his wife Kailey and their three children; our nephew Jared, his wife Sara and their two children; Sara’s parents; and Judy’s mother. Our niece Emily and her husband Dan and their daughter, who live in Minnesota, were not able to join us this year. Christmas dinner included turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, sweet potatoes, pickled eggs, and corn. Dessert included pumpkin pie, chocolate dream pie, cookies and a gingerbread cake. We departed Jim and Judy’s house at 3:30 pm, as gifts were being opened. Bob and I did not participate in the gift exchange; however, Judy made sure I didn’t leave empty handed.
We returned home at 6:00 pm. It was good to see my brother and his family and the others. We had a very good visit with everyone.
Christmas celebration #2 was held on Monday at Stacey’s house. We left home at 1:30 pm and arrived at Stacey’s house about 15 minutes later. Chris (Stacey’s mother) and Jay arrived a short time later. Our dinner included roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and, for dessert, apple pie, ambrosia, and brownies. Harper and Juniper received a surprise visit from Santa Claus.
Stacey, Chris, Jay and I knew Santa Claus would be stopping by. Nevertheless Santa Claus took Stacey and me by surprise. We expected Santa to come to the front door. Instead he came to the back door. We heard bells and “ho-ho-ho” a short while before he made an appearance. At first we didn’t know what we were hearing. To me the noise sounded like it was coming from a radio. Stacey and I got up from the table (we were finishing up dinner) and walked into the kitchen. We were looking out the kitchen window, when Santa’s face appeared. He startled us!
After dinner we opened gifts. Everyone was happy with their gifts.
I took a few pictures, after we opened our gifts.
While we were at Stacey’s house, it snowed.
It stayed cold through Christmas Day, so we had a white Christmas.
Christmas celebration #3 was at our home on Christmas Day, with only Bob and I in attendance. Bob and I opened our Christmas gifts to each other in the morning. We are happy with our respective gifts. I prepared Christmas dinner, which we ate around 2:00 pm. Christmas dinner included baked ham, baked potato, whole berry cranberry sauce, cauliflower and broccoli medley and, for dessert, pumpkin pie. The ham was a spiral ham. We have lots of ham leftovers!
’Twas a very merry Christmas for Bob and me. We spent the Christmas holiday with the people who mean the most to us. We are so blessed!