December 26, 2003

Christmas In Hindsight

Since I'm the only one in the office so far, I figured I'd take a little time to recount the Christmas festivities. Oh, and I promise pictures are on their way this weekend!

Christmas Eve:
Beth, my parents and I met Beth's parents and her grandfather for dinner at the Four Seasons in Washington. Beth's grandfather, Jack, flew in from Sacramento last week - sadly, he lost his wife several months ago to cancer so this was most likely a difficult holiday for him.

We dined on all kinds of fantastic things and left the restaurant feeling like beached whales - but that's what the holidays are for, right?

It never ceases to amaze me how gorgeous this city can be. Between the monuments, the White House Christmas tree (although a secret in this town is that the Capitol Christmas tree is almost always prettier), and the big red bow wrapped around the Kennedy Center, the town truly comes into its own during the holidays.

We quickly drove back home to await Santa's arrival.

Christmas Day:
Beth and I traded a minimal amount of gifts this year - we've figured if we need it, we usually just go out and buy it. She did, however, get me a wonderful printer so we could start printing our digital photos. Cookbooks, candy, clothes, DVDs and CDs were all unwrapped as well.

Around 3:00, Beth's parents, brother, sister-in-law and grandfather arrived at our place for some more gift exchanging then we ventured over to my parents for Christmas dinner. We were joined by my great uncle, his wife and a new friend (more about her in another post). Needless to say, we repeated the excessive eating of the previous night but had a wonderful time.

By the time we made it home last night, we were full, tired and not at all looking forward to the prospect of work today. Regardless, we're here.

I truly hope everyone had a fantastic holiday and enjoyed time with friends and family alike. On Christmas Eve, I remarked to Beth that it didn't seem at all like Christmas - maybe its a holiday best seen through the eyes of a child, either as one or through your own children. But it was a wonderful time, spent with family, appreciating each other and what we've been blessed with throughout the year.

Posted by Chris at December 26, 2003 7:52 AM

Sounds like you had an awesome Christmas. It's always nice to get to have the whole family all togeather like that.

Posted by: Jaded Angel at December 26, 2003 12:57 PM

merry christmas indeed! sounds like you had a blast!!

Posted by: Annie at December 26, 2003 10:01 PM

Sounds like a lovely day. Now I know who to contact if we ever make it back to D.C. to see the sights LOL.

Posted by: Rachel in Alaska at December 27, 2003 4:29 PM