The seats by the fireplace are, of course, our favorites. We claimed those as well as a nearby table. Josiah wanted to sit there with Grampa, and Julia wanted to sit there with Grammy. So the ladies began their meal there and then partway through, gave way to the gentlemen.
|Gingerbread coffee at the fireside --- mm-mmm!|
|Josiah with his art box many years ago.|
|Mackenzie with her art box even longer ago. Kids love these!|
Then it was on to the ice cream smorgasbord!
|Four out of the five sundaes|
|American flags on top are traditional|
|No whipped cream? What was he thinking?|
|Grampa did not forget whipped cream!|
|Nor did Grammy.|
|The player piano, playing Christmas carols, is always a huge hit with the kids, and they take turns feeding it quarters!|
We got home from there with about 15 minutes to get ready and head out again to the party. It was a wonderful time -- great fellowship and camaraderie over a sumptuous meal. Mr. T's boss and his family go out of their way to make every employee feel valued and special.
Sunday was the usual round of Sunday School, church, and potluck lunch. Then we enjoyed our annual Sunday School gift exchange. We draw names and it's always fun to find a small gift the recipient will enjoy.
Following the gift exchange, a good number of us piled into cars and headed off to go Christmas caroling. Thankfully, it was mostly sunny and not too cold when we started out. But the cold settled in soon enough and we headed home.
Yes, a busy weekend. But it was also a weekend of special times with family and friends. Just what the season should be!