The holidays started off the saturday after Thanksgiving with Grandma and Grandpa's gathering with the grandkids in Enfield, CT to decorate their trees. Each year, they give each of their 6 grandkids a silver ornament to hang on their individual trees. By the time they are 18, they will have a tree full of silver ornaments. The tradition was supposed to stop at 18, but Morgan, their oldest granddaughter who is quickly approaching 18, is negotiating an extension of the age limit. We will see next year if she is successful. Here, Coco is holding the bell from last year.
One of the pics from our holiday card. I was asked many many times if I thought Coco understood what was going on for the holidays. She definitely appreciated the lights, and she would drag me over to the tree to talk through all the different ornaments. She can also identify Santa. She doesn't get too excited around opening presents and she gets overwhelmed if we open more than a couple at a time. We were so busy Christmas morning that we never got around to opening the presents! We ended up doing it on the 26th. That is probably the last time we will have a xmas morning that doesn't involve Coco waking us up at 3am to opening presents.
Thank goodness for the "unbreakable" bulbs from Home Depot! A must for any household with a toddler. Coco did manage to break a few though...
We had a super warm weekend right after thanksgiving. Coco picked these bulbs off the tree that we had outside. We have a real one outside to satisfy Chris' desire for true Norman Rockwell waspiness and the fake one is inside because Victor does not like the pine needles getting all over house. Marriage is all about compromise!
Granny Self stayed with us for the week and helped us get ready for the holidays. Just like last year, we served two meals. For brunch we had Uncle Bill, Colleen, and cousins Jen, Frank, Emma, Foye, Heidi and Ian over. Chris was in charge of brunch and Granny prepared dinner. The dinner guest were Mom, Uncle Bill, Colleen, Mike and his girlfriend Vi, and our friends Michael and Eric came up from the City with Nene's BFF Casey.
Here Granny is helping Coco open one of her gifts.
Coco opening one of her gifts with Daddy and Poppy.