Tonight my little family is in Pocatello to celebrate Christmas with MT's family. They are really my family, too, of course, but they are MT's blood. We got here this afternoon after a really nice drive. The roads were clear, the skies were blue and the sun was shining. MT drove, so I took advantage of that and had a little nap. I stayed up late last night wrapping gifts and watching one of my favorite Christmas movies, White Christmas.
This evening we went over to my nephew's house for a little Christmas Eve celebration. Chris and his girlfriend, Diedre, are great people. They put on a nice little gathering with yummy food and a silly little white elephant exchange. White elephants are tricky. How do they work? No one is really sure, but it was fun nonetheless. I ended up with a box of chocolate covered blueberries which I shared with everyone. T got a (used) cartoon DVD, but it's a movie that he likes. MT didn't play because he hates white elephants.
My friend Abby told me that her family does a white elephant exchange. Everyone brings a unisex gift of around $25, then they read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Everyone starts with the gift they brought, and each time the word "the" is read, the gifts get passed to the right. She said "the" is read about 37 times during the poem, and there are around 20 - 25 people in their family that participate. At the end of the poem, the gift you end up with is what you get. Sounds fun AND you get to hear the classic Christmas Eve poem.
We didn't do that tonight, but we had a good time anyway.
Now I'm back in Linda's kitchen making the sweet potato casserole. I like to prepare it the night before, then we'll just bake it off tomorrow.
Linda is planning to have 24 people over for lunch tomorrow. Should be quite the festival!
Happy Christmas to every one of you. <3 p="">3>