Christmas Days in the Simmonds household are always a flurry of activity! On Christmas morning we awoke early to find that Zach must have been a good boy this year because Santa did indeed visit us! Before we open any presents though we always read from the Bible, the Gospel of Luke, telling about Jesus’ birth. This puts everything into perspective for us as we emphasize that before present opening we give thanks to God for His son Jesus who was born a babe and proceeded to give up His life for us.
Then Zach started opening his gifts. He received a welder from Santa! He has welding class in school and has been getting pretty good at it and really enjoys it. He wanted a welder for home so he can get more practice and see if this is something he could do as a job in the future.
After Zach got done opening his gifts, Jeff proceeded to open his. In some families everyone opens their gifts at the same time. I prefer to sit back and watch my family open their gifts. I love watching the excitement and joy on their faces. Jeff’s main gift this year was an air compressor.
After our gifts were all opened, Tyler and his family came over and we started all over again! First Grace-Lin opened her gifts.
Then Tyler and Monica opened theirs.
Finally, I had bought identical gifts for all three of my “boys” which they opened together. They all loved their Syma s107 RC helicopters but can you guess which “kid” was the most excited?
So the rest of the morning I had to duck so I wouldn’t get hit with the three helicopters flying around!
From my house we went to Mom & Dad’s where we- you guessed it!- opened more presents!
Finally, the present opening was done (for a while anyway) and we were able to have a fantastic meal of turkey, ham, cheesy potatoes, green bean casserole, homemade dinner rolls, snicker salad, relish and vegetables trays, and dessert.
After dinner we headed to Jeff’s side of the family so we could, yep!, open more presents! 🙂 This is a pic of what the family looks like when we get together at her house. Keep in mind, there still are at least a dozen family members in various parts of the house that you can’t see in this pic!
Here is the matriarch of the Simmonds family.
After family pictures at Mom Simmonds’ house the family started to disperse. I met Mom & Dad in town at Papa’s to celebrate Christmas with him. Here he is with his Snuggie on opening presents.
After my Aunt Bonnie got off work, Mom & I went and picked her up and brought her over to see Papa before bringing her back to Mom & Dad’s for present opening and supper. This is a picture of her opening her gift from my Aunt Candy.
Finally, after supper we brought Bonnie home and went back to Mom’s to load up our gear and head for home. It was a looooonnngg, but fun filled day!