After all the panic and scrambling, we've finally slid into Christmas. I'd love to say we've been taking it easy and got all the baking done and gone for a quiet (but cold) bike ride, but that ain't true. For one thing, it's 76 degrees down here. No white Christmas this year.
I've been working on various projects/problems leading up to the holidays. Some people have asked if I am taking off time over the holidays, but I'm not. Worked all of last week and and will work most of this week as well. This puts a slight damper on the holiday mood (at least for me). I've even had a conference call with a supplier booked for yesterday morning (Christmas Eve) to address some crisis. I guess it's my turn in the barrel. I'm sort of paying for that 10 day boat trip in November. Kinda reminds me of when I was in the Army and pulled duty for Thanksgiving AND Christmas back in Germany. I got tagged for that plum assignment because we were a young newlywed couple and had no kids.
Good news is that the newlyweds came home Saturday night. They are home for a few days so we will get to enjoy the holidays with them. It is getting harder each year on how to coordinate the family gatherings. With the various new families branching out, we are looking at 3 or 4 Christmas celebrations. One for us, one with the daughter-in-law's family, one with my parents/brother, one with my wife's parents. We tried to gather everyone over here a few times over they years, but with the new additions, it has turned into a regular circus. Still, will be good to share some Xmas joy with all the parents, brothers, sisters (in-laws), children, nieces, nephews, etc. This morning, the kids are over at the DIL's parents to celebrate Christmas with her sister and long time family friends. We get our turn this afternoon. I've invited my parents over as well. My brother had his annual gathering this morning across town at his house with the entire crew (15+) which includes the new grandchild. They do an early opening with a breakfast casserole as the main dish. Since my crew is older and gets up later, we tend to do a later (2nd shift) event. I find it's getting harder each year to coordinate all this hoopla, but somehow we will manage.
Merry Christmas to all my friends out there and I'm looking forward to another great year.
|Doggy Christmas! |
And, no, these are not my two mutts.