Christmas has come and gone once again. Year twenty o’six is nearly over.

We had a splendid Christmas party with family at our Grandparents’ house on the 23rd (little cousins are growing up fast!). Grandmomma gave Rachel and I each a very pretty old-fashioned white nightgown with lace and burgundy velvet trimming. They match exactly and are very lovely. I’m sure the other little Read bloggers want to fill you in on their gifts…

We also had a game of “Dirty Santa”, as tradition holds, and Rachel and I played this time. We managed to find nice gifts; an ivory ceramic potting bowl with narcissus bulbs and an ivory shelf with two picture frames and a clock (which will complement our bedroom walls very nicely).

The feast (you might say that we had three days of feasting ) was delicious. Dad, by the way, tried his hand at cooking some huge cuts of venison in the smoker on the 22nd. It was roughly a 24 hour project total, but the meat was delicious and it was a learning experience.

On Christmas Eve our Grandparents took Rachel and I on a shopping trip. Rachel came up with the idea of five of us children combining our money (a total of $172.00) to buy presents for Mom and Dad. I was skeptical about the idea at first, as I worried that we would not find any suitable presents. We did manage to find a fancy blender and brown blouse and sweater for Mom and a printer/scanner/copier/fax machine for Dad.

That evening we wrapped the gifts at our Grandparents’ house with Grandmomma and Aunt Laurel. After a nice supper, Uncle Dan and Aunt Laurel drove us home (Cousin Samuel was having a great visit with the others at our house, and little cousin Goodwin was already in bed). They stayed for our own little Christmas Eve Advent Service that we have every year.

After they left we completed our other Christmas Eve tradition – watching, “It’s A Wonderful Life”. That is always nostalgic and enjoyable.

Christmas day dawned as a cloudy one, since we had a good deal of rain the night before. We don’t get a ton of gifts like we used to, which actually makes presents a more tolerable experience. We don’t have to deal with hectic amounts of wrapping paper everywhere.

Beth received a puzzle, chim-a-long and Buzz Lightyear toy; David received a light-up flying disk and Woody Toy (he got a Buzz from our grandparents too!); Mary received a toy horse barn with a collection of little horses; Abigail received a digital Kids’ Camera; Joseph received a Playstation 2; Rachel received an assortment of ballet attire and a Roller Coaster Tycoon computer game; and I received nice Levenger Circa Agenda notebooks. Each of us children also received $25 dollars from our Grandparents on the Sayers side of the family.

We had a game of Charades that evening (one of Rachel’s stocking stuffers). Very funny…

Today we visited our Great-Grandparents. Great-Grandmother Mary loves to hold Ben. The rest of us children sat down through the majority of the chilly evening watching the 1938 “Adventures Of Robin Hood” while Dad talked to Papa Joe (Great-Grandfather) about family history. It was another nice visit.

Thus, all is well that ends well. Tidings of Comfort and Joy!

GOD BLESS,

~Amanda~

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Thursday, December 28, 2006 – Untitled Comment

Posted by Jocelyndixon
I like the new picture…you’d go great in a P&P movie!

Stop by soon!

Sincerely yours,

Jocelyn
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Monday, January 1, 2007 – Untitled Comment

Posted by DancingFeet
Just dropping by to catch up a little bit on your blog! It sounds like you had a nice Christmas and visits with family. Hope your New Year is a blessed one!
Love,
Briana
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Monday, January 1, 2007 – Untitled Comment

Posted by Jocelyndixon
I’m very glad you a wonderful Christmas.. I bet you learn a lot from papa joe… I love hearing old stories…

I hope you have a WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!!!

Sincerely
Jocelyn