It's over! Thank God and Sunny Jesus, Christmas is behind us! Can I get an Amen?
Last time I posted it was beginning to dawn on me that I had *perhaps* underestimated the amount of work involved with having 17 people over for Christmas dinner. As I discovered, the good thing about freaking out over having that many people over at once is that it really motivates you to get your arse in gear, and it wound up being... not so bad, all things considered. I mean sure, 17 people in my tiny house presented some logistical challenges, but I think it went over fairly well.
There was food (and drink!) a-plenty, and everybody did their best to get along and make do. We had soup, salad, tourtière, ragoût de pattes with mashed vegetables and beets, cheeses, and tarte au sucre. Ugh... I may never eat again...
Christmas morning my Dad, stepmother Margot and my 3 nephews were here dark and early and we attacked the mountain o'gifts.
As you can see, Santa did indeed come to our house, and all I can say is that the dude went frickin' NUTS this year! I think everyone did really well. Émilie was a bit disappointed she didn't get the mechanical lizard she had asked Santa for, but hey, that's life, right? Apparently the hair accessories set her cousins bought her is a big hit.
The rest of the day was spent cleaning up, preparing The Bird for dinner that night, and taking my nephews to the movies (Phil took the 2 youngest boys to see Avatar, I got to see New Moon again with the eldest, Keenan. Sweeeeeet!)
And now here we are! Taking a well-deserved break before the madness starts up again with New Years' festivities. I think we might hunker down tonight. I've got a six-pack of beer, my knitting, and there's a Star Trek movie marathon on all night.
Happy Knitting Everyone!