We did a lot of this...well, not we, but they! Lizzie sure can take the big boys! :)
And still more of this....
Several of the family members had to work this year, and we missed them, but we'll look forward to seeing them next time!
After Uncle Gary's we head across 101 to my granny & papa's house. The Neals have gathered on Christmas Eve since the beginning of time. Or at least the beginning of my time which is pretty long! Granny has never told us exactly when to come. If asked, she'll tell you to come at "dark-thirty". This year we had bbq which made my night!! We were glad to have Uncle Eddie back this year. He was in Kosovo last year serving a term with the military.
My papa proudly sported his new do-rag. He says he wore it to the gym that morning, but I'm hoping he's kidding. ;) I'm sure he's not though...he wore jams to the ice-cream store when we were little. And not just any jams....they were pretty funky ones. I think I was so embarrassed I passed on ice cream to sit in the car! Just kidding Papa!! :)
Papa lights the candles on the "Happy Birthday Jesus" cake.
The kids all help blow them out.
My dad was the lucky recipient of these awesome night vision goggles (which my brother actually tried outside). Funny thing, they very much resemble the real glasses he sported in the 80s (minus the yellow lenses perhaps)!
But when everyone in the family thinks they're a great gift, that's bad!!! Now 3 of the Neal men own one of these. It's bad when they think so alike, that there are multiple JC's under the tree!
And my prize for the night...THE Mrs. Pitt purse. This one appeared the year Brad & Jennifer were married. It seems to keep reappearing.....
Oh, Marcie, please don't laugh too hard. We'd hate to make a trip to the hospital tonight. You have to hold out until January 14!!
So much fun at Granny & Papa's. Now we'll all go home and tuck our gifts neatly away in our closet, just to pull them out again next year!! :)
Yep, he has a toothpick hanging from his mouth.
Then, we all settled in to wait for Christmas Day!