Christmas started the weekend before at Aunt Bernice and Uncle Mark’s house in the Berkshires. It’s great to be away with my Grouchy Husband’s family celebrating the holiday, catching up, and of course eating. One of the first things Aunt Bernice does when she gets to the house is put up the Christmas tree.
The girls were right at home in the Berkshires. They love spending time with Cousin Jill.
Cousin Jason and Ilana’s new dog, Roxie, joined us for her first Berkshires Christmas. She is such a good puppy!
The girls were active participants at present time.
My Baby somehow ended up in one of the present boxes. Anything is possible for a 16 month old!
The girls had so much fun opening their presents. My Princess realized this year how wonderful it is to get presents. It’s not that she didn’t like them before, this year it just came together for her…getting a gift wrapped in fun paper, the anticipation of what’s inside, finding a fun toy to play with or new clothes to wear.
Cousin Jason, Ilana, and Jill loved watching My Baby open her presents. Babies are sometimes the best form of entertainment.
My Baby was obsessed with the gift tags. She would stick them on her dress.
Then unstick them from her dress…
And stick them on the tree.
And then clap for doing a good job. Hooray!
After presents all of our full stomachs attempted to eat dessert. The Winter Wonderland cake was so beautifully decorated. My Princess made an apple crisp (last pie in the rectangle pan). It baked while we were opening presents and smelled wonderful.
Christmas day began in Westchester. The girls waited patiently for everyone to get up in the morning and my brother to come up from the City.
And within minutes all of the presents were opened and all over the room.
My Grouchy Husband worked the night before. He stayed awake long enough to see the girls open up most of their presents.
After lunch we headed to Uncle Billy and Aunt Alice’s house in Brooklyn. This was our Asian-American Christmas dinner…lobster Cantonese, Chilean sea bass in a ginger scallion sauce, shrimp with snow peas, spare ribs with black bean sauce, vermicelli rice noodles, corn casserole, and prime rib.