|Ducks all in a row - the valet did a great job.|
|The newest outlaw in attendance, making his presence known.|
|The stockings all hung in a row (or something like that)|
|One sister-in-law without her V8.|
|Little un at the piano with Grandma.|
|Early snacks, already half eaten.|
|Sorry missed getting the food set up buffet style.|
|A new tradition, that is a definite keeper - carrot cake with green cream cheese icing and the maker thereof. No leftovers, darn!|
|The old folks at home.|
|Just a couple of the games that saw action.|
|Sipping tea and talking of old times.|
|The tree and gift bags before Santa's arrival.|
|Santa in shorts and a chimney hat.|
|Santa relaxin' after a hard night's work.|
And then it was time for gifts round the tree. We've tackled this in a variety of ways in the past (family exchanges, Chinese auctions, donations to food banks etc). This year, the sisters set up a bag for each attendee and each person or family was to bring a small item for each person, and drop it into the bag. Some folks were quite creative - some unique homemade items.
After supper and gifts we all crowded into the music room and had a round of Christmas carols. Yours truly accompanied. I really must figure out my little digital recorder, although I'm sure it would not do the renditions justice.
So as you can see it was a pretty fun day, lots of activity, lots of chatter, lots of food, friends, family and fellowship.
The Daily Quest
And that is about all I have to say for today.
Musings and meanderings from the Musical Gardener.