The tree was sparkling,
and there were lots of presents waiting to be given out.
There were even gifts for the furry four legged members of the family.
Rob packed up care packages of left over goodies for our guests. I got my Christmas hugs from my girls. They are stingy in the hug department and make me wait for special occasions. :( It was a great celebration.
I love our new tradition of having our family celebration on Winter Solstice. I get more time with my family by celebrating a few days before Christmas. It frees up time for everyone on Christmas day so it is not so hectic on this day. The girls can spend more time with their men and enjoy the other side of the family. I think that everyone has a more relaxing holiday experience. The season has many days so why cram everything into one day. I think we will be celebrating Winter Solstice for many years to come. I am so grateful for the wonderful people in my family that I get to spend special days with.