We’ve been having a wonderful Christmas. There were some particularly memorable bits:

  • Cooking and talking all day on the 24th.
  • The church service, with candles. I like the way each person helps a neighbor with the candle, and the light reflects on all the happy, peaceful faces as it goes down the rows.
  • Me, racing in and out of the house between church services, saying, “The service ran over — don’t wait for us!” as everyone stares at me vaguely.
  • The only second soprano singing in my ear — not sure what she was singing, but it wasn’t what Mr. Rutter had written.
  • Opening presents in a welter of paper and laughter.
  • Playing Wii music, with trios of handbells, ukelele and  harp. Three conductors trying to lead the orchestra of Miis in “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” while the rest of the family watched, helpless with laughter.
  • Pulling Christmas crackers and reading out the jokes, including this gem: “Q: What is yellow and white and goes down a train track at 100 miles an hour?” “A: A train driver’s egg sandwich.”
  • Heading out for the grandparents’ house with my knitting — and noticing that the ball of yarn was outside of the car. Fortunately, I discovered this before we headed onto the road trailing laceweight wool behind us.
  • Wearing our paper crowns and playing with the toys from the crackers.
  • Doing crosswords collaboratively.
  • Playing Catchphrase and Music Catchphrase.
  • Making homemade eggnog cake with Swiss meringue frosting and inadvertently covering the kitchen with sugar.
  • Listening to Grandma’s stories about grant-writing and the Native American studies department.
  • Listening to #2 daughter’s stories about her new job, which has cool spy-like features. She has always wanted to be a spy. #1 daughter, who works in the District Attorney’s office, has what may be a more exciting job, but their stories are equally good.
  • Catching up on all the family news.
  • Nibbling holiday leftovers all afternoon, instead of cooking a proper meal.
  • Agreeing not to do any work all day long today. Everyone’s picking up their trash behind them anyway.
  • Enjoying presents, music, treats, movies, and hanging out with the kids and the dogs.