We had a lovely Christmas Day yesterday with the 7am wake-up call courtesy of Thing 2 who set his alarm, stockings and gifts opened with enthusiasm that bordered on mania and three bleary eyed adults (husband, grandmother and I) trying to get photos of the kids and guzzle coffee simultaneously.
Then husbands brother, his wife and their three kids joined us for more wrapping paper shredding and family togetherness before they headed out to their next stop. Unfortunately their AWD car got stuck in our driveway and then again down the street. While husband was helping them dig their car out, our power went out quickly followed by the phone. For some mysterious reason husband decided to take our AWD SUV out of the garage and got IT stuck in our driveway too. So I called Marvelous Mom, who was to come for Christmas dinner with Stepdan, Scientist Genius Brother and the Australian guests and told her that Christmas would be postponed until the 26th due to a shitload of snow and no power.
So it was just the five of us at home for Christmas day and it was quiet, relaxing and weird. I am used to total chaos and noise on Christmas and the quiet was unnerving. Thing 2 and I went sledding after dark and had a blast watching the dog fall down while trying to catch us as we sped down the hill. Then we woke husband up by pelting the bedroom sliding door with snowballs and generally made ourselves obnoxious. A nerf war was waged and we enjoyed each others company.
Today is take 2 on our family dinner. It's snowing again but we have a plan as well as power and phone service (thank you utility workers everywhere!). Marvelous Mom and the gang are going to come as far as the corner store near our house and husband will try to get there to pick them up with our car that has been un-stuck and chained up. If he can't get there, we will bundle up and take the sleds to meet them but come hell or high water we will have our Christmas dinner! And me, I've come up with an ingenious solution to not enough room in the fridge:
Happy Boxing Day!