Thursday, January 13, 2022

Heck Of A Christmas Eve - 2021

Christmas tree cheese and meat platter made by my niece

candy sleighs, also made by my niece

Christmas Eve was celebrated with family at my niece's house.  It was probably one of my favorites because of all the quality time spent together.  Most everyone stayed for several hours.

James and Jason with the folded flag

We first stuffed ourselves with food...lots of food.  Then we opened gifts.  Every year, at Thanksgiving, we draw names and then get a gift for that person for Christmas.  That way, one person buys a gift for another with a spending average of $25.

my brother unwrapping the Saran ball

I drew my great-nephew's name and gifted him with several goofy gifts, including a toilet brush, Chili Fritos, a bulldog bobblehead ornament, and a dung excavation kit.

The weather was surprisingly decent so we spent a lot of time outdoors as well.  The kids played the Saran Wrap game, and the adults had one as well.  Towards the end, several of us got together and played Left Right Center with lottery cards.

At one point, Jason and James properly folded an American flag that was presented during my step-father's funeral in 1982.  My brother's wife then put the flag in a shadow box and gifted it to him on Christmas day.

My nephew, sister, and brother-in-law

Brandon was the latest recipient to wear the Santa outfit.  Two others of the family have worn it before him.  It's become a tradition for one of the youngest to wear this outfit for Christmas Eve.

The hostess with her pup, Buster.  I don't think he was too keen on wearing a reindeer sweater.

On the day of actual Christmas, I got up early and worked at 9-1-1.  It's the one day a year we get double pay, so I wasn't gonna let that go.  Then me and Jason went to a friend's house to play Left Right Center and spent the night there.

a cheese and pinwheel tray I brought to the gathering