Christmas is a big deal in our family. Everyone comes home for Christmas.
Christmas Eve is spent with my mom's family. My sister and I host Christmas Eve dinner. We put on Christmas music; have a great meal and do a white elephant gift exchange. Everyone brings an inexpensive gift and drops in the pillow case. We take turns grabbing a gift and deciding if we want to keep it or swap it for someone else's gift. It's so much fun.
Christmas Eve night, me, Jill, our husbands and now our nephew, Landon pack our bags and go to my Dad and Linda's house to spend the night. Yes, we still spend the night with my parents on Christmas Eve. When we arrive, there are always packages on our beds for me and my sister, new pajamas to wear Christmas Eve night.
We are awakened on Christmas morning with Christmas music filling the house. We stumble out of our rooms and are greeted by dad and Linda in Santa hats. Mind you, this is at 6 am in the morning. We head straight to our stockings, just like we did when we were kids. Everyone has a stocking, even the dog. We then sit around the Christmas tree and open presents. Though, there is no time to lounge; we have to be at grandma's at 9 at for Christmas breakfast.
At grandma's we take Christmas pictures first. There is a picture with all six of the granddaughters sitting on the couch every year since we were each born. After pictures, we open presents and then we eat! Christmas breakfast is the same each year - egg casserole with sausage and cheese, oyster fritters, angel biscuits with sausage gravy, grits and fruit salad. Grandma's cooking is the best!
Marlon and I hop in the car and drive to the country to spend the afternoon with his parents. Visiting with them is nice and relaxing. Over dessert, we listen to his dad tell stories and sit around talk for hours. We call Marlon's brother Joe and sister-in-law, Stella in San Francisco to wish them Merry Christmas.
Our final stop is my aunt and uncle's Christmas evening open house. Family and friends stop in all evening to wish everyone a happy holiday.
It is so nice to spend the holidays with our families. We wouldn't have it any other way.