Merry Christmas!

Yes, Merry Christmas.  Christmas *IS* on the 25th, right??  Well, today was the 25th.  We got up and got ready for church and headed off.  Robbie didn’t want me to leave today, so I did his Sunday School with him instead of the adult class.  He was the only kid in his class today, so after the singing and prayer time, we played down in his classroom – me and him and his teacher.  Church was really nice, and Mom and I sang a duet as a call to worship, and then I sang a solo during the offering.  After the service we had a pot luck with lots of good food and then our annual meeting.  

Then it was home to clean the house, cook food, get tables set up, etc.  The family arrived shortly after 5, and once everyone was here, there were 18 of us.  It sure was nice to see everyone, and we had our traditional Christmas dinner – ham, mashed taters, sweet taters, corn (regular and cream style), pickles, salad, and rolls.  And for dessert we had chocolate chip cheesecake or angel food cake with strawberries and cool whip.  I had cheesecake.  Everything was really good.  After dinner, we visited for a while, and then took our annual family picture with everyone, and a picture of all the cousins.  There were 12 of us this year – 7 cousins, 2 spouse-cousins, and 3 of the next generation.

After everyone had left, I got to open presents.  Ryan got me a Keurig Gourmet Single Cup coffee maker and a bunch of coffees to go with it!!!!!  That sure is going to be nice once I get back from Iraq.  He also got me some fun socks.  Rick got me a book about military women from Vietnam to Iraq and a new Lutheran hymn book.  Mom’s present was our outing yesterday.  Robbie got a few gifts as well, including having to do a scavenger hunt to find one of them.  He really enjoyed doing that.  The end gift was a sweater that Mom had crocheted for him.

We had sauna to end the day, and now I’ll be heading to bed in a little while.

Today’s high:  5
Current:  -6 (windchill of -14)

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