It seems like I should get one more post in here during 2014! So, here are photos from Christmas and the last week. No snow in Ohio for Christmas, but it stayed warm enough that no one was cold --- which pretty much makes up for the lack of romantic precipitation. We had a church service and Christmas cookie get together on the 23rd. That was a fun time and a great way to jump into the Christmas celebrations. Buddy and Kay came over earlier in that day and stayed 'til late when it was time to leave. I spent Christmas Eve morning finishing my wrapping and we just stuck around doing nothing but getting ready for the next day.
Christmas Day dawned later and grey. Clouds were hanging down to the top of the trees, so we closed the curtains and refused to look outside all day. In our minds it could be a White Christmas, right?! The four of us took an easy morning (Elizabeth and I were sure glad that it was Oliver banging on Mom and Dad's doorknob at 8:00am and not us --- he never gets yelled at. Well, almost never.). We had coffee and a nice breakfast, put the presents under the tree and took a nice slow time opening them together. Actually we took all day to do it, since we stopped for lunch and just talked a lot!
On Saturday we had our annual dinner with the Keultjeses. It was one of the best times ever. We had soup and snacks for the meal and a "pudding" bar for dessert. I made vanilla, chocolate, mocha and banana pudding, and we had all kinds of toppings --- including absolutely divine whipped cream that Mom made fresh. Wow!
This slideshow shows pictures of our house all decorated for Christmas on the day that we had the party.