Shaun and Bill once again hosted our festivities. (Thank you! I know we're quite the group!) After celebrating Christmas Eve at Aunt Kathy's house, our family enjoyed time together in East Peoria on Christmas Day. Although you wouldn't know it by looking at the pictures, the amount of Christmas presents changed a lot this year. I decided for the family that it might be nice to do fewer presents and just have fun spending time together, both on Christmas and on a family vacation later this spring or summer. I talked everyone into it, and I'm glad we did. We had a few thoughtful presents and stocking stuffers for everyone, and then just relaxed, cooked, ate, played games, and did a puzzle.
Forrest seemed to be exempt from the reduced presents rule. He received so many fun and thoughtful gifts that we'll enjoy for a long time. Some favorites already are the Sit and Spin, personalized book bag, books, and 4 wheeler. (Yes, Shaun and Bill went there... and although I may protest, I secretly like it because it makes Forrest smile.) Also, we haven't had a chance to get it out yet, but I know Forrest is going to like the water table Poppy and Gigi got.
Grandpa and Grandma drove down in the afternoon for a visit and to enjoy our "Christmas Carnival." Shaun and I had fun frying up some carnival favorites including corn dogs and funnel cakes, both gluten free! And Mom and Dad surprised us by renting a cotton candy machine. That Jon G loves a good rental item. It really was a fun day.
What a blessing to spend the holiday with family!