It's Southern Man's favorite time of the year!
As always, the clan gathered at the Ancestral Manor for Christmas Eve for long-held family traditions: reading from Matthew, a lovely a capella rendition of Mary, Did You Know by Teen Daughter the Younger, lots of good food, and the gift exchange and stockings.
Three fine young Southern Nephews.
Adopted Youngest Nephew and Teen Daughter The Younger dig through their stockings. From the expression on her face there's some good stuff on that dance game.
Teen Daughter the Elder is marooned up north at Ft. Meade but she called and we all got to talk to her and wish her well. It was so cold that they refused to leave their barracks and apparently had enchiladas delivered to them. Southern Father doesn't remember the Army being quite so accommodating, back in the day.
The next day was Christmas Dinner at with Southern First Cousin Once Removed and her hubby and daughter.
Hubby was the only one who would sit still long enough for a decent pic.
And again Southern Man notes that the cell phone camera just doesn't cut it - these are the best of about forty shots - and that he's got to get a decent camera. But at any rate - Merry Christmas!