Merry Christmas - Saturday - December 25, 2010

On Thursday morning we packed up the Tahoe with food (tons of it) and Christmas presents. Then we picked up Nancy’s Mom and drove to our daughter’s home in Raleigh, N.C. to celebrate Christmas with the family. Our son Brian and his wife Chris drove up from Columbia, S.C. and got there just shortly ahead of us. Our “Official” Christmas has always been any day that we’re all going to be together during the holidays. Sometimes it’s the 25th, but most times it’s not. This year our Christmas is Friday, December 24th.

Nancy had prepared all the food in advance. That way we could have meals without all the fuss and have more time to enjoy each others company. We had our "Christmas Dinner" on Friday evening. 
Lots of Good Food!
While waiting for dinner to be served, it was fun to see four generations playing an intense game of Bingo!

It has been Nancy and my custom to buy PEZ dispensers and candy for everyone.  Samantha really thought they were the greatest thing going!!
Samantha admiring her collection.

Couple the PEZ with all the cookies, pies, pretzels and other goodies and the kids get a sugar high that lasts all day! Not to mention what it does to the adults.
Brian, Steve and Chris hitting the cookie table!

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without the organized chaos of the four Grandchildren getting up early eager to rip open all those gifts under the tree.
Daniel, Emily and Andrew trying to wait for everyone to get UP!!

First, our Breakfast Sugar!!

It is always fun to watch them get so excited as they parade about showing off all of their new “stuff”.

As usual on Christmas Day, we spend most of our day playing with the Grandchildren. The kids got plenty of toys, from remote battery racing cars to Nerf guns to Lego’s to various games for the boys to tea sets, doll clothes, princess dresses and bead sets for the girls. And that doesn’t include the “some assembly required” stuff.
Ninja Emily!!

Tea Party!

Daniel's Lego Spaceship

Beading Buddies!

Andrew's Car made it over the RAMP!!

Shrinky Dinks!!

Brian --  I'll Never Grow Up!!

Watch out Kids -- Mom's got her OWN Nerf Gun!!

Whenever our clan is together it is truly a special time. 
We really enjoyed our family time together.
Christmas Jam Session!!

Our initial plan was to spend a couple of days in Raleigh and drive home on Christmas day the 25th. Unfortunately, Nancy was feeling a bit under the weather so our plans changed and we decided to drive home yesterday.

So, from our family to yours, Merry Christmas!
May the spirit of giving stay alive the whole year round.
Have a great holiday season!
Bill and Nancy


  1. What a terrific time you had! Merry Christmas!

  2. It looks like everyone had a great Christmas! It's snowing a little bit here in Raleigh so it's probably a good thing that y'all left early. Stay safe.

  3. A wonderful time ya'll had. Thanks for sharing, now can we figure out a way for you to share some of that Christmas sugar with us? ;c)

    We got out kids and grandkids the exact same Nerf guns...great minds think alike.

  4. Looks like a great time was had by all. Hope Nancy's feeling much better by now. I sure would have volunteered to help you out with that Breakfast sugar!