We celebrated Christmas Day on Monday the 26th. Here is the tree the night before, all ready for the morning.
And the stockings were all stuffed.....
The kids were allowed downstairs at 8 a.m. and they could open their stockings as soon as Mom and Dad came down. Check out the stash!!!! I loved the mini apples I found at the winter farmer's market.
Breakfast was very traditional: bacon wrapped brown sugar sausages, tropical fruit salad, cardamon bread, tea ring, and this year two gluten free breads.
At the last minute I did get my nails painted red! And I also collected some horribly cut up and swollen knuckles from washing the floor.
Emily and Craig (who, by the way, I can never photograph with simultaneous smiles, though they are a very happy couple) came back over for the gift opening and breakfast.
In fact there was a lot of laughing, especially when mom read "advice from Pooh" from a book she received.
Michael wrote and illustrated a book for the kids about keeping their things tidied up. I wonder if they will learn from it?
Rach snapped a picture of me and you can see the difference in my eyes. I had the lid surgery on Tuesday and have been recovering this week. Fortunately, no pain, just swelling and an embarrassing black eye, which I'm sure people attribute to Michael when I go out in public.
Wearing my Shetland gloves which a friend brought me from Shetland eons ago -- long before I was married.