Christmas at our house -- 12/26/10

This is my 14th entry in my 5th year of taking part in Holidailies. If you have wandered in from Holidailies, you can scroll down to read a brief introduction.

Christmas at our house has not started before dawn in many years. Well, uh, except for Tiger. He knows that his breakfast should be served to him around six in the morning, so by 6:45 he is knocking on my door. So for him (and for me) Christmas morning still comes early. Everyone else sleeps in.

Nancy came down around eight and we spent most of the morning sitting in the living room, reading and chatting and enjoying our Christmas tree and the warmth of the fire in the fireplace. Finally, a bit past noon I went back upstairs, knocked on doors, and supplied Jill and Jeremy with mugs of coffee.

Here's Tiger staring with wonder at the Christmas presents under the tree. Actually, since he likes to like down under the tree, he is probably wondering why all this stuff is blocking where he wants to lie down.

Jill gave him a little fabric mouse toy for Christmas and he was enjoying playing with it. (He has a collection of toy mice from previous years and he does still play with them from time to time, although not with quite the same level of athletic vigor as in his younger days.)

Nancy opening presents...

Tiger, taking a little nap. Santa couldn't use our traditional stockings (time and the March flooding had done them in) so he had to improvise with actual socks. Somebody (Jill) draped one of the socks on Tigers head, but when he declares it to be nap time, it is nap time and he just curled up using my new sweatshirt as a pillow and ignored the sock and the wrapping paper and took his nap.

Later on, with all the presents opened, he was able to reclaim his place under the Christmas tree.

Nancy's sister Janet and her husband Tom hosted Christmas dinner at their house. It took two tables to accommodate us all. We joked about this being the "children's table" but the youngest person there is 21 (Jill & Jeremy are seated with their backs to the windows).

A brief introduction....
(edited to update it from 2006)
A brief introduction for anyone who wanders in here from the Holidailies site -- I'm a middle-aged (*cough* okay, 63 67 , but I don't look a day over 62 66 ) guy who lives in Rhode Island with my wife Nancy (a middle-school math teacher), daughter Gillian ("Jill" -- 24
28 yr old college student and baker), son Jeremy (21 25 yr old college student restaurant manager), and Tiger (senior citizen cat). Eldest child Adam lives in New York City with his wife Leah and our grandson s Sam and Milo . I'm a former programmer/systems analyst who got into doing software training and currently works from home doing quality assurance and editing on course material for both classroom courses and Web-based training courses. I've been writing this online journal since 1996.

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