December 29, 2007

Christmas in Seattle, Part 1

Christmas Day we flew up to Seattle from Phoenix for Christmas with my Mom and family. We've got a couple of traditions for Christmas with my Mom:
1) we open presents on Christmas Eve - Maggie's hospital visit didn't allow that, so we did them all Christmas afternoon.
2) we have a finger foods dinner. This year we had Chinese BBQ pork with hot mustard(this is asian, NOT like the BBQ pork we love in the South), some cheeses, artichoke dip, crackers, cookies, wine. It was fabulous! I don't think Christmas at my Mom's would be the same without the finger foods.
3) we wear the bows from our packages on our heads. I don't know when this started, but we all do it at some point during presents.
4) we get our stockings on Christmas morning. This year Mom gave us a free pass to have them on the 26th.

Maggie "helping" unwrap Mom's gift. After Christmas at Tara & Alex's, she got the hang of opening presents, and really liked to help everyone. Note the bow on Maggie's head. Grampa with a bow on his head. Ok, so Brian, Annica and Zach weren't participating, but at least I got them all in one shot without one of the boys pulling a face. Note: bow on Tyler's head, AND the gift he got. Grampa Clark got him a replica of the leg lamp from the movie A Christmas Story. The movie came out about the same time when Tyler was the age of the main character, and Tyler looked a lot like the main character... anyway. The movie is a family favorite, and that lamp will be enjoyed for many years to come, I'm sure. The next morning Maggie enjoys some chocolates from our stockings. Nothing makes a better lipgloss than a hershey's kiss!

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