I’m Shakin’ My Presents!!

The children are terribly excited about Christmas coming on Sunday and I have to admit their excitement is contagious. I, myself, have a hard time going to sleep at night with visions of sugar plums dancing in my head. And, since I’m pregnant and craving sweets like mad, those sugar plum temptations are quite overwhelming right now!

Eleven of us attended the Penobscot Theatre’s showing of A Christmas Carol yesterday! It was a new, humorous adaptation by award-winning playwright Leslie Bramm and the actors involved the audience in the performance. Max is only four years old but he sat mesmerized for an hour and a half. We all loved it!

We’re planning to go to our neighbors’ house on Saturday for their annual Christmas Eve party, and will then come home and have our traditional Christmas Eve fondue dinner. Zach’s girlfriend will be joining us because her parents will be traveling back from New Hampshire that night. So, that will add to the festive atmosphere. We’ll close the evening with a reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas, and will then put the children to bed. And then Richard and I will wait until Frank goes to sleep so we can sneak into his room to put up his winter window coverings. This keeps his room dark and prevents him from waking up at 4:00 a.m. on Christmas morning. We came up with that trick a couple of years ago and it works! Heh…

And Monday, of course, is our annual Boxing Day party, complete with the ever-popular White Elephant gift exchange, which usually results in, um, slightly raised voices and threats of a brawl. It really is loads of fun.

We pray all of you and your families will have a Happy Kwanzaa, a Merry Christmans, and a Happy Hanukkah!

Happy holiday hugs to all!

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