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26 December 2006 @ 02:37 pm
Post-Holiday Summary  
Now that Christmas is over we get busy - what with the last big New Year's Eve party on Sunday night and GAFilk the following week, things get rather hectic. It was rather nice to spend a relaxing Christmas day in preparation for the rush.

This was the first year the kids all had various and sundry other families to visit on the day, so it was a pretty good preparation for future Christmas days where we will likely have lots of people or hardly any. The whole Atlanta clan were here at one point or another during the early part of the day, with the main overlap period being from about noon to 12.45.

The biggest change was that we had to drop the usual one-at-a-time-round-robin gift opening tradition and just go with "whose can we find next". It made for more chaos but was definitely closer to the style preferred by grandson E, who has reached the age where opening presents is finally both comprehendable and a lot of rip-em-up fun.

The kids all clubbed together and got me a Bachmann LGB (G-scale - big) railroad set this year (they even called daughter M who was in Utah so that all of them would "be there" when I opened it). They mean for me to put it under next year's expected HUGE tree in Danville, but all I could think of was a layout running through the gardens and operated from my comfy seat in the hot tub on the deck. I assured them that in winter the outdoor layout would be willing to spare the engine and cars for a Special running round the tree, so I think everyone is satisfied - though it would be cool to break a hole in the wall and actually run it around both outside and in stop it stop it stop it...

ladyat had already gotten her Big Gift because we got her a new laptop in November, but she still came out with some surprise videos and some replacement gourmet cookware.

By about 14.30 the house had emptied, and the rest of the day was spent with some leisurely trips to neighbors' houses to share a drink or two and then some quiet games in front of a roaring fire and Doctor Who episodes.

After we move, we will likely have years where no one is coming to our place for the holiday. This leads to some interesting options:

- staying in Indiana for a quiet Christmas with my dad
- travelling to Atlanta for Yule and Christmas with the kids and grandkids
- travelling to Colorado or San Diego for Christmas with ladyat's family
- travelling somewhere we've always wanted to spend Christmas, like England or Russia

We'll see what plays out over time. Next year will be the first Huge Family Get-Together in Danville, so the quiet will have to wait.

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and we hope to see many of you in a week or two!
 
 
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Marybraider on December 26th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
Aww....but, but....I want to come to one of your NYE parties, so that I can meet the man who will one day be my beloved husband! (Your parties have a certian reputaion, nowadays....)
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Marybraider on December 27th, 2006 02:36 am (UTC)
He said they'd be doing a family holiday next year, if I read that rightly.
אליזהkestrels_nest on December 27th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)
You've another option, you know - Holiday of your Choice for chosen family. :)
Amanda Snyderpafuts on December 27th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC)
You should come to Austin and have the holiday with us!

One year in the near future I'm going to do an all Victorian English holiday with christmas pudding and goose and games.