It is now the day after Christmas and I am still full to the brim from the feasting and family. Our Christmas celebration started around 10 in the morning when the rest of the family woke up (Auntie Bridgett and I are early risers), and went until after 9 that night when tired Grandkids headed home.
First there were cinnamon rolls and coffee, and presents for and from Auntie Christy and Cousin Kyle. We were all pleased with the Hogwarts’ goodies, so perfect for us and our chilly winters here in Portland.
Auntie Katie and the Cousins came later, bringing more gifts and a delicious ad- libbed cream pie.
Kyle, being the Dungeon Master of the day, had prepared a Dungeons and Dragons adventure for Jasper and Kestrel, and the three of them developed characters and played while the older folks chatted, ate and drank, and played music.
Katie and I were the only ones who wanted a walk, so we headed off to Laurelhurst. I wore my new Hogwarts scarf, and met a fellow Hufflepuff! Her name is May. She is a delight and I hope we see each other again. We also did some serious bird-watching, Katie sharing her Great Grandma Billie’s love of feathered friends.
Katie is always good company. She and I talked about my story and she gave me some good advice on how to make it better as I go forward.
We got home and had dinner, which was, as always, a team effort and delicious.
Then came more presents! Harry Potter and Wonder Woman and weird little Hands for Handy Hand to hang out with. What a day!
Then there was more music, with harmonies and extra verses. As everyone’s energy level started to sag, no one wanted the day to end!
Kyle and Jasper played a video game on the sofa while the rest of us watched The Grinch (the original, with Boris Karloff’s voice) and the White Christmas, with which we sang along.
Finally, we had a game of Kozo, then Dreidle, and then we had to just own up that it was time to go to bed.
I am so blessed to have this life full of loving people, safety and abundance, ideas, music and surprise.