The past weekend marked the start of holiday celebrations! Every year, two weeks before Christmas, my husband’s family gets together for their extended-family Christmas. It is something we look forward to each year. Phil’s family is the warmest, kindest, funniest group and he is very close with his cousins, so we always have a great time.
Early Saturday afternoon, we loaded up our car to make the two-hour drive north. A nasty winter storm rolled through the night before, but thanks to a little patience, we were able to delay our departure and had a smooth, uneventful ride.
We arrived just in time for the party to start! It has been a few years since the entire family has been together, so no time was wasted catching up, hugging, laughing and enjoying a delicious spread of food.
Phil’s family gatherings are never short on fun. One of the highlights are the games. Once the kids dug into their stockings (and dug into treats), the adults played a few Minute to Win It games, which are hilarious. The first challenge was drawing a Christmas tree on a paper plate, on top of your head.
Before we knew it, the night was wearing on and it was bedtime. We loaded all of our gifts and Aunt Connie’s prized peanut brittle into the car and drove back to Phil’s mom’s for the night. It was not long after Mitch fell asleep that we all called it a night.
Sunday was our early Christmas morning with Kathy.Mitch received a lot of wonderfully thoughtful gifts but was particularly smitten with another racetrack. I swear, this child and his love for toy cars is unbelievable. It was right up his alley and he spent the following 20 minutes mesmerized.
We all were treated by Santa but saved Mitch’s special gift for the final gift of the day.
Just before Mitch’s nap, it was time to head back down home. We had another easy drive and were happy to be home. After a few hours inside, it was clear we all needed some fresh air and to burn off extra energy.
With an hour before dusk, everyone pulled out their snow gear and bundled up for some fun in the snow!
The night wrapped with a warm dinner that cooked away in the oven while we played and Christmas Vacation (a holiday tradition!).
And with that, we are all in the holiday spirit and ready for Christmas rounds two and three this week!