Christmas is a time to spend with family. This year, thanks to a freak snow storm in Vegas, this is the first year since we moved to Las Vegas 7 years ago that we did not travel back to Southern California to visit my mom, sister and grandma for the holidays. We normally go out for a couple days before Christmas, but then high-tail it back to Vegas in time to have Santa come for a visit. Christmas morning has always been with our immediate family opening gifts at home and I intend on keeping it that way.
While I'm bummed that we weren't able to spend any time with my side of the family this Christmas, we still managed to have a house full of family with us today. After we opened gifts first thing this morning, around lunch time we were joined my mother-in-law, both brother-in-laws and their families. This brought our total to 11 for the day's festivities. The ladies spent some time in the kitchen making stuffed shells while the boys played Rock Band. We ate dinner around 3pm and then all 11 of us gathered around the table to play a game of Apples to Apples. If you need a game that can be played with a large group of any age range, you MUST buy this game. Good, clean, family fun. That's not easy to come by these days.
After playing and then having some pie, we said good bye to our family and now we are back to just the 4 of us, which is nice, too. The kids are both playing with new games and toys while the wife and I are in our PJs laying in bed. She's reading and I'm blogging. The dogs are curled up between us glad for the peace and quiet as well. A fantastic end to a fantastic holiday, all of it spent with family.
Merry Christmas to you and yours. I hope Santa brought you everything on your wish list.