day 127: embracing rituals

Dinner at 530

More homemade rolls than there are people in Wyoming

Grandkids acting out the nativity

Family recital

Grandpa handing out candy canes to each family member (this includes a quick sit on Grandpa's lap for a photo taken by Grandma)

Singing with Grandma at the piano and either me or my niece Aisha leading (we alternate years)

Grandkids in a circle to do their gift exchange.


Downstairs for some pretty competitive Musical Chairs (kids and then grownups) (grab a gift from the big bag when you get out!)

Round-the-world ping pong (grab another gift when you get out)

Clean up, dishes, put furniture where it belongs

Hug everyone

Drive home

Go to bed happy that you love your extended family, and they love you.


Barbaloot | December 24, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Your party sounds suspiciously similar to mine...

I'm gonna have to suggest we add in around-the-world ping-pong as well. That'd be way fun.

Dedee | December 26, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Thanks for the ideas for next year!

Heidi | January 4, 2010 at 2:26 PM

You are lucky to have them--and they are lucky to have you.