My family has long been celebrating Christmas Eve with a crab feast hosted by my mom. It has evolved over the years from an intimate gathering of mostly adults at her house, to what is now a party of nearly twenty, half being grandkids, and hosted at our house where we have more room to move about. Several years ago we decided to celebrate the 24th a day or two early in hopes of lightening the already heavy load of Christmas Eve. This year, we came together on the 23rd.
When all the grandparents, sisters and cousins began filing in around 5 o'clock, this little guy got very shy. I spotted him looking forlorn and walking down the hallway towards his room, saying "I'm just shy, Mommy. I'm shy of the cousins." I followed him, telling him I could help, but he just continued in, sat on the edge of his bed, put his head down on his nightstand and said, "It's OK, Mommy. I'm shy, but I still love you." Sigh.
The Nanas. These ladies are so fun to watch in action. To the left is B., paternal grandma. To the right is my mom, and in the center is Granny A., also known *affectionately* as my father's second ex-wife.
This metal rooster was a hostess gift from my sister. How awesome his he? He was the perfect addition to the colorful kiddo table.
All the cousins ate a spaghetti dinner before us adults sat down for crab. I had to document the difference between the three-year-old's plate next to that of is seventeen-year-old cousin's. Big difference in the way those boys eat! My mom also prepared little Christmas themed Jell-O molds for the kids, which I thought was so clever.
After dinner we all played a white elephant game with ages ranging from three to eighty-one. My favorite moment was when Mr. Noodle, decked out in the swim gear he insisted on wearing so he could comfortably go outside in the rain and jump on the trampoline, opened the biggest box to discover a cow piñata. He clearly thought he had died and gone to heaven, and so Daddy yelled out "Rule number three, nobody takes the piñata from the kid!"
Hope your holidays were magical too!