After the meal there was nothing left to do but open PRESENTS! Bruce and I had brought all of our presents to be given out for the family and ourselves... except for those that we didn't even bother to wrap. This was to be our only "Christmas". Everyone else would be celebrating on Christmas Day with other family members.The tradition in our family is for the youngest member of the family to pass out the gifts wearing the obligatory Santa Hat. Nathan is becoming quite a pro at reading all the tags. He worked hard to get all the gifts passed out and stacked in front of the recipient. That done... we start opening with the youngest and progress up through the ranks to the oldest. That way everyone watches everyone else and we all get to see what the others got.
After the gift exchange, we all had dessert until our eyes glazed over...and we all started thinking how nice it would be to get into our jammies. It wasn't long before we all headed for the door. It was a nice visit with the family. I know Mark and Laura were a bit disappointed that we weren't able to come to their house on Christmas. But they'll have plenty of fun with Mother and Carla, and Laura's parents there on Christmas Day. The girls and their beaus will have fun at their Dad's house and Bruce and I will be on the road. I would say for this pre-Christmas get together, a good time was had by all.