It's funny to me to think that the rest of the world is pretty much finished with Christmas already. The presents have been opened, oooo'd and aaaaah'd over, and life is returning to normal.
At our house, we celebrate Christmas five times!
Christmas Part One: We spend Christmas Eve with my dad - this year, a different year than all the rest, it was eating corn soup and breadsticks here at our house with my brother.
Christmas Part Two: We have regular Christmas morning here with us and The Kids, and that usually begins at about 6:45 because they simply cannot stand to wait any longer. In fact, I know for a fact that this year, Reilly woke up at 3:00 because I went in there to cover her up and she was wide awake. Then Troy heard her rustling in the livingroom at 5:00, her excuse being that Supey was messing with the presents. (I think she used that same excuse last year!) I think that she had fallen back to sleep a bit inbetween there, but I'm not sure.
Christmas Part Three: At my mom's house, with my brother Erin in attendance. We go over there after we're done with The Family Christmas here and we open presents (each taking our turn, of course!) and then eat a ginormous amount of food.
Christmas Part Four was yesterday when Troy's dad and stepmom came over, as did Troy's sister Traci and her family. I made chili and Ro-Tel dip and Coma Hot Chocolate and heated up the corn soup and we grazed all day long until I thought I was going to pass out. And we opened presents. And then ate some more.
Christmas Part Five will take place this Saturday at Troy's other sister's house with his mom and step-dad, his sisters and their husbands and our kids and five cousins and a step sister or two and usually Trina and Marshall (family friends!) come by and it's a huge, all day long celebration and I just love it. I call it The Annual Jones-Smith-Andrews-Williamson Christmas Extravaganza! (Except I substitute all our real last names in place of the fake ones I just typed here to confuse all the stalkers! See? I'm on to you!)
So, while the rest of the world is done with Christmas on the 26th, we get to make the celebration last a little bit longer!