Christmas Day went like this: Wake up and exchange gifts with Larry and the dogs, eat Christmas cookies for breakfast (we usually make cinnamon bun pancakes for Christmas breakfast, but were in a rush), shower, and hit the road to spend the afternoon and eat Christmas dinner with my extended family in Maryland. Then we came home, snuggled with the dogs, and crashed on the couch, exhausted.
Oooh Nooo! (Mr. Bill did not last long!)
I'm always amazed when I see photos of people's giant stash of gifts under the tree. We keep things small and minimal over here.
And this year, Larry and I vowed to give only handmade gifts. We were 85% successful and it felt great to support small artists and give unique and meaningful gifts. We both gave each other entirely handmade gifts and evidently were thinking along the same lines, as I gave him a screenprinted t-shirt, a monogrammed money clip, and a concrete iPhone holder and he gave me a screenprinted t-shirt, a necklace, and a iPhone case. Ha!
This is my amazing 94 year old great aunt. She is an amazing knitter and she's been making teeny tiny caps for premature babies!
The only photo I have of the two of us from the entire day. Do you see me?
I'm also amazed when I hear about people getting iPhones and laptops for Christmas. In my family we give each other booze. Seriously, the whole holiday is a big ol' booze swap. A case of wine for you, a bottle of Port for you...
As my aunt said "It's a birthday party for Jesus, and YOU get wine!"