We had several Christmases with different family members, and some gatherings even had overlapping family members or same locations with different people. So I'm not going to bother explaining what's what, except for maybe some basic IDs. And of course some people didn't make it into the photos for some reason or another, but I'm a firm believer that that sort of thing all evens out over time.
So without further ado (since the last thing we need in Christmas celebrations is MORE ado), here's some photos in no particular order, plus a bonus video if you make it to the end:
Uncle Wes (my brother) and Aunt Rachel
Uncle Jake (my brother) and Aunt Nina
James meets Elephant (from Jake and Nina)
Nana and Granddad in the background (my parents)
Grammy and Grandpa's tree
And now a few more family member cameos of sorts. Here's Grandpa (might be a family resemblance there...)
There's Great Grandma Woods
Hey, Pete snuck into this one!
Great Grandpa Woods, then Great Grandma Woods again...
Jr. Santa (aka a rare breed of kid who likes wearing hats)
Surprised Mary (hey, you would be too, right?) More on this Mary stuff later...
Contemplative Mary. And wait, was that my Dad in the background?
Why, yes, it was. And why was he holding a Cabbage Patch doll, you ask? You'll see...
My mom lighting the authentic "Christmas pudding." Yummy!
Grammy and the kids looking at animated Christmas cards
So about this whole Mary thing. Daphne decided that she'd like everyone to play "the Mary game," which we soon found out was her version of a 1st Christmas Pageant. So, she assigned everyone roles, handed out props, and then directed and starred in an impromptu play. She told me, for example, "your husband can be Joseph." Here's the result.
Oh, and just for fun, I'd like to make it a scavenger hunt. See if you can spot...
1. A traveling/stolen manger
2. A head-dress made of a couch arm cover
3. A Snuggie-wearing shepherd.
4. A sheep
5. A Cabbage Patch angel
6. A very picky and pregnant 4-year-old.