Several years ago, our family decided to have our annual Christmas Eve crab feast several days early. Permanently. It just got to be too much with the huge dinner and all the small kids, the late nights leading-up to an early morning.
My sister hosted the crab feast on Sunday night this year. It's always a great time with ten or so adults, and eight cousins. Which meant tonight we had no commitments, no big plans, no huge dinner to prepare or clean-up. Instead, we were that odd and lonely looking family occupying the one table in the restaurant that is normally busy.
And that was it. My mom joined us. We had plans to look at some of the crazy-decorated houses but gave-up after one. No point in driving all over town when the kids were begging to go home and get to bed. Tomorrow will be a big day with me hosting the family at our house for another big dinner.
I took some pictures of the kid's rooms before bed. This year is special because we got them each an artificial tree which I'm kinda giddy about. Been wanting to do this for several years now. I always had a tree in my room growing-up and have such fond memories of my room all *aglow* throughout the season.
You'd be hard-pressing trying to convince me that the 9yo still believes, but Daddy certainly tries. He plays along well and has never asked any questions. My guess is Frijoles is on the fence at this point. Mr. Noodle is all magic and stardust. They worked together to get the cookies, carrots and milk on the table. Then my mom gave us a gift to open - her grandmother's cast iron Boston Terrier doorstop from the '30s. Both my parents had Bostons growing-up and the little guy (pictured above center) has been in our family since before I was born. Tonight he comes to our house. Permanently.
From our family to yours - Happy Holidays!