As one might imagine Southern Man spent most of Christmas Eve on the couch with his leg propped up so most of these pics were by Teen Daughter. The long-time family tradition has been to gather at the Ancestral Manor on Christmas Eve so it was, as always, a large and merry gathering with much eating and chatting and reading from the Christmas story (as recounted by Saint Luke) and a generally wonderful time.
Teen Daughter selfie.
Another family tradition - Southern Sister stuffing the stockings. Southern Man usually stuffs with a favorite drink and a book.
Southern Daughter at the fireplace. She was fortunate to get leave for Christmas break and we were all delighted to see her.
What's Christmas Eve without a little Star Wars? Southern Son watching - well, geek points if you can identify the film from the screen shot.
Two of the Southern Cousins admire their gifts.
Back row: Southern Son, the three sons of Southern Brother, and Southern Father.
Front row: Teen Daughter, the adopted son of Southern Sister, Southern Mother, and Southern Daughter.
It's the most wonderful time of the year. Lord, thank you for sending us Your Son. Amen.