Happy Holidays

The holidays are always a lot of fun when you have little ones around.

Our holiday season began with an invitation to our son Nick’s home for Thanksgiving. Errol and I made the 2 hour drive to his home in Northport Maine on Thanksgiving morning. We spent the afternoon with him, our granddaughter Emma, Nick’s fiancee Michelle, and several members of her family. The food was delicious, and the company was very enjoyable. After dinner, we celebrated Emma’s 12th birthday which was the very next day.

The Saturday following Thanksgiving was our annual Ducharme family Christmas gathering. There is always plenty to eat, games to play, a Yankee gift swap for the adults, and Santa comes and hands out a gift to each of the children.

We were lucky enough to have 5 of our 6 kids and their families there with us. It’s been a long time since we’ve had so many of us together. Maybe next year we can shoot for all 6!

To start the month of December off, I made advent boxes for the 3 granddaughters that live close. Each of them got to open a box each day of December that contained a small trinket or toy, and a piece of candy or a cookie. Even the two year old Brookelynn would come in and immediately ask for her box.

The next weekend, Nick, Michelle, and Emma came to our house to exchange gifts and have dinner, and the weekend after that we spent Saturday in Boston with Tony, Thea, and Ebby.

Christmas morning was very quiet at our home. Errol and I had a leisurely morning together. The afternoon was quite different! Sam< Mike and the girls arrived around 3 p.m. and the next couple of hours were spent emptying stockings, unwrapping their gifts, and doing their annual scavenger hunt for their last gift. Because she’s become such a good reader, Aya’s clues were written and she did an awesome job deciphering them. Aly isn’t ready for reading just yet, so her clues were photos of places around the house that she could recognize.

Our gift to ourselves happened on the 27th when we boarded a plane bound to Jamaica!

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