here is a rundown of our usual schedule:
6 p.m. Service at Josh's mama & daddy's church (T.Hall United Methodist)
6:30 p.m. Dinner and drinks at Josh's Aunt Becky's which includes all of Josh's grandma's sisters and brothers (total of 9) with their kids and grand-kids. We exchange Secret Santa gifts (names drawn at Thanksgiving)
|me, obviously telling Aunt Denise what I think about something at Aunt Becky's (Christmas '09)|
|(mama & daddy's last December)|
10 p.m. (ish) Back to our house to open our gifts to one another (since we know we won't have time Christmas day)
6 a.m. wake up. seriously.
7 a.m. arrive at breakfast location (alternates each year) to eat breakfast & open gifts
Option 1: My parents' with Deanna, Mema, Papa and us
Option 2: Josh's parents' with the whole Edmondson clan (Uncle Jack & Uncle Steve's families)
11:00 a.m. go to Mema Dean's for brunch and open gifts with my mama's side of the family followed by the annual mandatory family picture
|last year's very pregnant Christmas pic.|
1:00 p.m. go to Temperance Hall and open gifts with Josh's grandma and granddaddy
3:00 p.m. nap.
5:00 p.m. leave for Snow Hill for the Murphy (mema dean's family) Christmas
This year though? This schedule won't be followed. Not only do we have a 10 month old to add to the mix, but also Christmas is on a Sunday so we have service at 10 a.m. in Macclesfield. Even though it is Josh's parents' turn to have us for breakfast, there is no way we'd have time to go to Rocky Mount and back in time for church. So who knows what we'll do.
However, this is a good problem to have in my opinion. I would much rather have too much family to visit than not enough.
So, in case I don't get a chance to tell you later.. I hope you all have an absolutely wonderful Christmas full of all things merry & bright!