Once Santa got in the door he found a perfect spot to sit and talk to all the kiddos. Santa is a good friend of my Niece Katie. Katie is a police detective and "Santa" works on the force and actually took time out from work to come and help us make the kids have big smiles! I think he qualifies as a gentle giant of a police officer. His only payment request was a plate of oatmeal raisin cookies...Done!
Gifts were handed out.
The group shot!
Now it was time for the adults to have some fun with gifts! We always do "white elephant" gifts. If you don't know what that is I'll explain. They are a gift that you give from something you have at home that you really want to share....sometimes they are so ugly...sometimes so funny...but all times great fun!
Numbers are given out and each person gets to pick a gift from the pile. If the person with the next number likes any gift that's been given, they can snatch it up and the other person can choose again. You don't want to be #1 because you have no previous choices...but it's sweet to be the last number..as I was this year because you have all the previous gifts to consider grabbing. Which I did!
Sometimes gifts reappear year after year...like these Merry Christmoose velvet shorts! (they also came with moose antlers but I didn't get a pick of those!) I'm sure they will be back next year!
My little Grandniece Alexa was the happy recipient of my contribution. Her Mom picked this out. I'm so happy it found a home other than mine! It's an Elmo doll that plays a rock and roll song...so annoying! Every kid that comes to my house manages to find it and play it non-stop....No more! Yeah! My Nephew may want to kill me in a few days! All in all we had a great time seeing everyone. I took many pics of family and enjoyed eating the great food prepared. I found this sign in my Nieces front hall:
I'm glad I could go home to where my story began. I'm grateful for my wonderful husband who puts up with my Sister and Mom and I always hogging the time and he drives us all over the place and tromps all over stores to help us get what we need. He brings his portable equipment from the office and treats my Mom's bad low back. He also gave me a wonderful gift....a Kindle Fire HD...however, I think he's real motive was to keep me quiet in the car! It worked!
Welcome to the Pines! I'm a wife of many, many years with my Chiropractor hubbie, the Mom to 4 all grown up boys/now men...and Grandmother to 9 super Grandkiddos. I work in surgery and my simple adventures are here for your amusement..can you take it?