We enjoyed a holiday evening with my wife's family yesterday. It was a good holiday gathering, no huge dramas to speak of. Family photos were taken that I hope turn out real nice. Brother-in-law is becoming a professional photographer so he had all the equipment - the huge backdrop and the umbrella lights of a pro photo shoot, and he made it work pretty well for the small space it had to happen in.
The food was also pretty good. Way too much, but par for the course. They all want to please, and everyone did seem pleased and had their fill of the feast. Mother-in-law forgot to get the jello dish out for dinner again - which is becoming a family tradition. I feel like the same thing happened at the last holiday gathering. I also felt a little bad for my host sister-in-law as she spent all her time cleaning up dishes alone afterwards while we all talked around the table. I considered helping, but helpers may just have been in her way, anyway.
We are not traveling anywhere else this weekend. I plan on resting, mostly. Although I am mostly over the bronchitis I got about 2 weeks ago I still have the headache. It is better at times and worse at other times, but it has been there for a full fortnight now and I'm, well, sick of it.
The weather is as unseasonably warm as I ever remember for Christmas. It looks more like late fall right now than winter. The grass has never been greener at this time of year. Still, I can't help but think we'll be paying for this milder weather down the road, in one way or another.
Whatever you are doing for the holiday I hope it is what you want to be doing. Have a great weekend!
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