I enjoy many other types of holiday music, but Charley holds a special place in my holiday heart. Since I'm confessing, here's another, I secretly like Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. I know. Not for content or quality, but because my mom LOVED that silly song. The volume would be cranked up in our battleship-sized Ford LTD every time it came on the radio and she would get so tickled imagining an inebriated Grandma stumbling around in the snow and being found with a hoof print on her forehead the next morning. Ah...memories.
Watching A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas were also holiday highlights. Those are still my all time favorite holiday movies and we are impressing their importance onto Annelise as well.
My parents would let me open one present on Christmas Eve then we would read The Night Before Christmas. Christmas Morning was usually spent with my grandparents and parents opening presents, then the afternoon was spent at my Aunt Shirley and Uncle Deb's for a huge Christmas lunch and lots of playing with my cousins.
Life changes though as people come in and out of it. As a teenager, after my grandmother died, then my mom, we saw that side of the family less and less. My dad remarried and we began to celebrate the holidays with Ruby's children and grandchildren, alternating getting together Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Now life has changed once again and this was our first Christmas with Peggy (my dad's wife) as part of the family.
This year on Christmas Eve, Scott read from Matthew and Luke about Jesus' birth while Annelise acted the story out with her Little People nativity set. Very cute. Without too much of a segue though we read the Night Before Christmas, so the Santa/Jesus line may have been a tad blurred. We also traipsed outside to feed the soon to arrive reindeer, A. selected the perfect spot not too far from the chimney. I was worried she would want to sprinkle it on the roof, but that fear did not materialize. We also set out cookies, milk and her 2 letters for Santa (we never got around to mailing them) and then it was off to bed for our little Cindy Lou Who.
Bright and early Christmas morning the wrapping paper began to fly. My dad and Peggy came over and we all exchanged presents. As an adult it's nice to open presents of course, but I think it's much more fun to watch Annelise open hers. Her excitement and joy were contagious. For the past several months she has asked for light sabers. I know. She told Santa (verbally and in letter form) and just about any adult that was what she wanted. Santa, thankfully, did not disappoint her.
Southwestern Casserole , Amazing French Toast along with fruit, juice and of course coffee.
A little later that afternoon, the guys did this,
while I did some of this.
All in all, it was a very nice Christmas. Even though I still missed Charley, just a little.