Not long to go now before we put all our Christmas decorations away for another year, but before I do I thought I would share with you the Christmas Day I spent with my family.
I mentioned before that my collection of bears plays a major part in our holiday decor. I not only have a collection of teddy bears but also a collection of Cherished Teddy figurines. I haven't added to those in several years but a Teddy Bear joins our family every once in a while.
Below is our TV console, in which I have placed several family photos. On the left is one of Brad's Great Grandfather Louis and Grandfather Gully as a toddler riding on a tricycle. Great-grandpa has been described as one of the last cowboys. Next to that photo is Brad when he traveled across country a few years ago, on his way out to the west coast, a move that had been in the planning stage for several years. He is in Monument Valley with one of those famous landmarks in the background.
There is a story behind this trip because not too long before the actual date of the move, he had met our daughter-in-law here in Virginia and had been on a few dates. When he got to Las Vegas he called her and asked if he came back would she consider dating him full time. She said yes and the rest as they say is history. He turned around and she brought our boy home. Before we even met her I can't tell you how much we loved her for that great gift she gave us.
There are a couple of other photographs of son at various ages, and a snap of Lisa and Brad that was taken when we all went out to one of our local restaurants.
There are three other figurines Brad gave me when he went on school trips to England and brought home the dogs in English attire, the foxhound in the bright red riding gear, and two bulldogs dressed in a policeman's uniform and the other in a Union Jack waistcoat.
I bought the Santa and the Cherished Teddy in the Beefeater costumes, and there is a little pill box with a face of a fox on the lid, and a snowman.
I also moved my "peace" angel from the mantle.
There is also our name-card from their wedding along with the little duck that came with it, and an origami bird Lisa made for me out of a mint chocolate wrapper.
Last but not least are the anniversary flowers Gregg gave me.
The Cherished Teddy Nativity.
Here's Gregg showing a bottle of beer he was given by our friend Jackie.
I love my Bad Old Elf, Gregg that is. Yes I know Gregg, not so much of the 'old'.
On Christmas morning we were enjoying chatting with Celia and Gully.
We were expecting Lisa and Brad. He arrived first and Lisa is a cantor at her church and arrived about an hour later.
Here she is with Celia and Gregg.
By this time preparations are under way to get our Christmas meal on the table.
Part of our traditional English place setting includes Christmas Crackers, which we pull before the meal starts.
This is our Yule Log which I used for a centerpiece. In years past but not for a very, very long time, I have made them myself. Not this one, however, it came from one of Lisa and Brad's favorite restaurants, Amphora's.
I have to remember to tell you that Brad took all photos, except for the ones he was in. Thanks Brad!
Below are the main stars of our meal. Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding and Oven Roasted Potatoes. This has become our traditional Christmas meal because we always have turkey at Thanksgiving, which was only a few weeks before when Lisa's Mom and Dad invited us to join them for their Thanksgiving celebration.
Party hats from the crackers. Mine kept falling off.
We waited for our meal to be over before we opened up presents. Lisa and Brad are showing the card that Celia and Grandpa gave them.
I do believe this is a self-portrait.
They gave Celia their gift.
and handed Gregg his, a Nook! They gave me a Nook also.
We are now Nook lovers! Thank you Lisa and Brad.
They also gave me my new teddy called Hudson, and a book on birds.
This was a wonderful surprise from Celia and Gully, a magnificent quilt that Gully's sister made us. Everyone calls her "Sister". Thank you Sister! Last Fourth of July when we had visited Celia and Gully for the long weekend, Celia showed me a beautiful quilt on their bed which I greatly admired. They told me Sister had made it and had given it to them. I knew that Sister was very talented in many areas, but had no idea that she made quilts. The next thing I knew Sister called me up and asked me what kind I would like. I was overwhelmed by her generosity and when she told me she probably wouldn't be able to make one until well into 2011 because she was making others for various family members, I remember saying that I would wait for much longer if it meant receiving such a precious family heirloom. It is so very beautiful and I was again overwhelmed, especially when Celia told me that it was all hand-stitched. Thank you Celia and Gully and thank you Sister for making me this precious gift. I will treasure it forever.
Hudson is having a good time with his new bear family.
Another lovely surprise when Celia went shopping the day after Christmas, she brought home Grace for me. She is actually a tree-topper. Isn't she pretty? I named her Grace because embroidered on the hem of her dress are the words, "Faith, Hope and Joy". It reminded me of the Three Graces, so I decided to call her Grace.
We had a fabulous Christmas.