Christmas 2011 was another stretched out extravaganza filled with good food, friends, family and activities in various cities and states. So many great memories to file away in the brain.
The holiday season began by decorating the house Thanksgiving weekend, even if the decorations were only to be seen by the two of us. We spent a lovely weekend in Fort Wayne, Indiana mid-way through December to catch up with family in the mid-West and reminisce over Christmas past, missing those who could not be with us and savoring the company of those still around.
Christmas continued with the extended Texas Jacob clan, where Brendan brought us back to that pure childhood joy of being surprised with the perfect present.
Excitement knows no age boundaries…
Then on to a more quiet celebration in the “bowling alley” room at home.
Christmas culminated in a wonderful 8-day Boston visit. Not sure what the highlight of the trip would be since there are so many to choose from… Christmas Eve extravaganza with yummy food, exciting presents, and great company:
Christmas day excursion to Worcester (via Paul Revere’s capture site) for Yahtzee with 99-yr old Grandma, followed by family basketball on Christmas night, stockings, and Spades:
Exploration of Boston for Mom’s birthday after brunch with the Salem witches: (A sampling of sub-highlights include visiting the USS Constitution & battle ships, Newbury Street, Museum of Fine Arts in matching sweaters, Italian delicacies in the North End, lots of walking in the cold & wind, and more!)
Watching the process of raising a cupola to the roof of the barn, during which luckily no injuries were sustained:
Or perhaps the countless “practice rounds” of Spades, tennis, and bowling… who’s to say which activity was the most entertaining when there are so many good options to choose from.
The only thing that is clear is that Christmas 2011 has created many fond memories which will remain even as all the holiday decorations come down and we move into 2012. Thank you to all who helped make this a great finish to 2011 and best wishes for a happy new year!
More pictures available from Texas (Thanksgiving & Christmas) and from Boston by clicking on the blue links.