Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas Presents

I have always been a big fan of Christmas.  Early on I'm sure that presents had a lot to do with that.  But my early memories included the joy of the big family gathering on Christmas Eve.  All my cousins on my Mom's side of the family were there.  Such great fun!

As we grew older with families of our own, the cousins celebrated separately.  Dottie and I have been hosting Christmas Eve quite a few years now with my siblings and hers, and other family and friends.  It still is a highlight of the year for me.

This year, as we started to get ready the the party, I was having trouble swallowing.  I could not even get a drink of water down.  It never had been that bad for that long before.  You could imagine my dismay when I envisioned having to call off the party and go to the emergency room.  YIKES!  Luckily, after my nap, the pipes opened up again.  But that was not the end of the evening troubles.  As everyone was arriving, the fire in the fireplace was lit and we soon discovered the flue was closed.  The house was filling with smoke and people at the same time.  YIKES, again!  Luckily with the help of the attic fan and open doors and windows, we were able to clear the air and proceed with the festivities.  We ended up having a wonderful time with everyone.

I am still counting my blessings for my early Christmas present (swallowing) and sharing a precious evening with our loved ones.

More pictures to illustrate the presents that brought Dottie and I joy.

Lucy with that smile for grandpa dyno

The joy in Lucy's face playing with her new Elmo doll.

We hope everyone was able to find love and joy this year.

p.s. I have been able to swallow much better since Christmas Eve.


  1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my good friend.

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