I must say we had a very nice Christmas gathering this year. Breaking with tradition, James and I packed up our van and headed over to Beth and Adam's house rather than have the entire crew come here. In typical Teal fashion, we were wrapping and putting gift boxes together at the last minute. (That used to be Christmas Eve, but this year it was Christmas Day instead...)
Our favorite son in law, Adam, put together a fabulous Christmas meal of prime rib, mashed potatoes, and asparagus, proceeded by a delicious clear broth mushroom soup and salad. We were treated as royalty as he served each one with a smile. I guess he's a keeper after all. ;)
The afternoon brought cookies, cake, and candy canes, a bit of baby bouncing, and a lot of noise from small children. Gift boxes were passed out and a few packages unwrapped. Grandma read the newspaper and suggested several times that perhaps her oxygen was gone and we should go home. We stayed instead.
We have a family tradition of watching A Muppet Christmas Carol on Christmas night, so despite Grandma's objections, we settled in to watch the movie. Leta packed up her things while we watched, which turned out to be very smart when the power suddenly went out leaving us all in the dark. Cell phones came out of our pockets so we could see to find the candles I had packed into gift boxes.
Needless to say, the loss of electricity cut our party just a little short and Grandma got her wish. We slowly gathered our coats and belongings, gave out hugs and kisses, and headed out the door.
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