Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

The Christmas party is over and now we gear up for Christmas. Christmas day has always been a big day in the Critter household. All the kids and grandchildren come over for food, play, and, of course, gift giving.

Gift giving is a major event in our household. While we have talked about doing the "secret santa" thing, so far there has been little enthusiasm for it. Thus, everyone get everyone a gift. Well, not quite, but almost. There are about 15 of us all together. The tree get half buried under all the presents.

Here is the tree from last year.

You can only imagine the spread of presents around the base. We are truly blessed with a loving and giving family.

We all sit around together. One family member acts as Santa and gives out the presents one at a time. We all watch while that person opens their present. Then another present is handed out. It is not unusual for this process to take 4 or more hours. Even the little children enjoy it. There is often a food/drink/bathroom break in the middle of it and then dinner when it is all over. I also video tape the whole process. We have tapes going back many, many years.

So, while the Critter family gets ready for its big Christmas extravaganza, may I wish all of you a very pleasant and blessed Holidays. For those of you traveling, may your travels be quick and safe.

And thank you for following the rambling of a old man.


  1. You are truly blessed... "Merriest of Christmas"

    ....and may each day be special for you and your loved ones in the year 2009. Health and Happiness !!!!!!!!

    (and no more plumbers catastrophes - or 2,000 car bills...but then again those stories were amusing the way you wrote about them.. ).

    Betty Ann

  2. Thank you, Betty Ann. May you have the "Merriest of Christmas" also.

  3. Merry Christmas, Yoda! Enjoy the time with the family.

  4. Miss Scorpio,
    To you, Christmas Merry thanks!

  5. I know EXACTLY how you feel! Our Christmas tree always looks the same, in that half of it is not visible at the beginning on Christmas morning. And it isn't empty until 2 or 3 pm. Merry Christmas, Jerry!

  6. LiLu,
    And a very Merry Christmas to you. It was another 4 hour extravaganza of present opening, wine drinking, and cookie/donut eating.

  7. HOpe your christman day went well and hope your family enjoys a happy new year.

  8. Thanks, mnwhr. LOL I hope your "christman day" went well also.

    Happy New Years!