We had a wonderful Christmas this year. On Christmas Eve, Scott worked a half day, while I hung out at the house enjoying the quiet. We did make it over to the Birch house around 3 to exchange presents with the kids. Always a fun time to watch them open the gifts.
Scott and I walked up the alley, like I did many years growing up, to St. Gabriel’s for 4 o’clock mass on Christmas Eve. We arrived later than I wanted to, but we still managed to get seats. They weren’t decent, but they worked. While it wasn’t the kids mass there was a brief reading of the nativity where children came up on the altar dressed up. I was surprised that it went as quickly as it did. It was fun to see people who I grew up with at mass and still singing in the choir. I can’t wait for this tradition to continue.
After mass we headed home for some dinner and Christmas movies. We watch Miracle on 34th Street and A Christmas Carol. For some reason, growing up my brother and I would watch A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version) all the time. It didn’t have to even be close to Christmas and we would watch it. Now that I’ve re-watched it as an adult, I don’t know why I really liked that movie. It’s really dark.
Christmas Day, Scott and I took our time opening presents. We had a lot of presents from the baby to us. It was nice to have a few more necessities bought in case the baby comes early (which I don’t think will happen).
We had our traditional eggs benedict for breakfast and it turned out rather good. Then we had a few hours to just relax and enjoy our last quiet Christmas morning for years to come.
Early afternoon we headed down to Scott’s parents house for late lunch, presents and a few round of Dirty Neighbor. We got even more gifts for the baby and even Reily got some goodies, a new bed and rope. The poor pup was so exhausted by mid afternoon she couldn’t even keep her head up. The new bed came in handy for her.
Overall, it was a great Christmas, although I’m even more excited for the Christmas’s to come.