This year we decided we weren't going to do gifts. Rather, we had just planned on having some nice meals and spending time together as a family.
Of course, Mom, Dad, and even the cat, decided they would violate this rule and managed to shower us with gifts. The justification was that "we were still their kids," so I suppose we could let this slide! :)
I ended up with some nice books (including one about the Charlie Brown Christmas, complete with a Charlie Brown snow globe), clothes, running socks (those were from Bobbi the cat!), and some sweet homemade NASCAR coasters that my Mom quilted. She does excellent work!
Even Bobbi had a blatant disregard for the "no gifts" rule! :)
The highlight of the gift giving was a quilt that my Mom made for Brett and Blythe, as they are expecting their first born this spring. It was made with some panels based on the children's book, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." Their child will no doubt appreciate this, and I would have to say the kid is doing very well; he or she is not even born yet, and they are already getting impressive homemade quilts from Mom!
Mom's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" quilt
While there was a slight breach of etiquette with the gift giving, we all followed through on the part where we would eat some good meals and spend time together.
Mom and Dad fed us extremely well over Christmas. Christmas Eve consisted of the traditional roast pork and Norwegian polse sausage from the meat locker in Wanamingo, MN (pictured below), Christmas Day included a wild turkey, and there was even a prime rib roast over the weekend as well. Mom and I also made a double batch of lefse (since we went through it so quickly at Thankgiving!).
The traditional Christmas Eve dinner
We also got to spend a lot of time together, which is always great. There were those previously mentioned hikes in the woods with the birds and animals, a few good college football games on TV, and of course the beautiful Christmas Eve church service (Linus said it best; "That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.").
A fantastic holiday weekend all around; even if a few gift giving rules were broken. :)
Until next time,
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