We ate delicious food thanks to my Mom's good cooking.
First, we start by getting our stockings and opening them. Lots of great treasures are always sure to be found inside like candy canes and chocolates from Regina's, knives from the Amish, etc. :)
After stockings are enjoyed, we move on to gifts. Dad is usually "Santa", passing out a gift to each person during each round. At the Ridder's we open one gift at a time, each person taking a turn. It's fun to see what each person is opening and often much laughter can be heard because of various funny comments or gifts.
Some favorite gifts of 2010:
Jill got a food dehydrator! I only wish I lived closer to taste her yummy creations.
My Mom made Ross a puzzle through Walgreens photo center out of a family picture.
This fire engine actually shoots water!
Ann displaying her new shoes. I also got boots and Jake received a pair of Tom's. It was a 'shoe' year!
Josh got a "Cocoa-Motion" machine.
Mom's pretty much lovin' her new 'plush' snuggy from my Dad.
My Mom found a mug for Josh that says "Living with a Norweigan builds character" which is funny on many levels for these two and lots of laughs were had by everyone when he opened it.
We asked Chad, Ross's bro to sketch my parents' homes in PA and MN. I think they liked these special gifts and my brother even got teary at the 421 Merion Drive picture.
We also did a white elephant (plus a $10 gift card) exchange that brought some more good laughs.
Here was the winner gift that is now the 'new' 'thing to hide in each others' homes' - we do have funny traditions! :)
After gift opening, some people rested, some people took a walk, later in the evening we played games and ate more Christmas cookies and snacks. It was a wonderful day. I really am quite thankful for my family and any time we ALL get to spend together!
Sunset at the end of our walk.
Well, it's almost 2011 so I'm going to wrap this up for tonight. Thanks Ridders' and Manders' for a fun Christmas season!