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The After Christmas blues

December 27, 2011 - Kristy MacKaben
I can't help but feel a little melancholy the days following Christmas. We spend weeks, if not months preparing for the big day, then it's here and gone in no time at all. I feel like each Christmas with kids has been better than the year before, and I have to say this one was pretty much perfect. Scott's mom is in town from California, so Christmas time has been so much fun sharing with her all our special traditions, from Lights on the Lake to our dinner at the Ramada a couple days before Christmas and the kids' Christmas Eve service at First Presbyterian Church in Hollidaysburg. All the kids sing and play instruments, and this year Johnny volunteered to play the part of one of the three kings at the end of the service, which was fun. Christmas Eve was a like a giant sleepover, with my parents and sister joining the celebration. As usual our living room floor was covered with countless presents, and the gift opening lasted at least five hours. We open each present one at a time so we can thank everyone for the presents and enjoy the gift opening as long as we can. My sister and I competed in our annual omelette making contest and we snacked and ate pretty much all Christmas Day. The kids were in great spirits, which they should be with all the toys and goodies and we topped off Christmas with hours of karaoke with the new karaoke machine Santa gave Julie (which really should have been a present for Scott and me.) For us Christmas Day is all about spending time with family, eating, being lazy and just enjoying the day together. There's only one day a year that perfect.


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At the Ramada for a before Christmas dinner