. . . mini cheesecakes.
From there, we proceeded to the living room where Charity posed for a picture with her engagement gift from Nathan. Some far-away relatives had requested the picture.
Next, came the most important tradition of all. Charity and Allona read the Christmas story.
Then, the designated "Santa Clause" began to pass out gifts.
And more, and more, and more gifts!
We opened them in the usual fashion, with Andy carefully separating the paper from the tape with a knife while the rest of us
Once all the gifts were opened, it was time to begin. . .
making homemade ice cream in my Christmas gift from Jason's mom. Since there were so many willing hands present, I didn't think it was necessary to bring along the motor, just the crank.
So, I began cranking. . . and I cranked, and cranked, and cranked. I cranked for at least 20 minutes.
In the meantime, the guys all occupied themselves with one of Vova's gifts, a racing game for the Wii.
When my arm got tired, Kirk cranked, and then Dad cranked.
Then Vova cranked.
And Seth cranked.
And the ladies had a photo shoot in the other room.
Then Charity got in on the fun.Even Allona took some time at the crank. To make a 1 1/2 hour story very short, the ice cream took a longer than average time to prepare, but when it was ready, it was delicious. In fact, it was so delicious that I didn't have time to get a picture of it before it was gone!
We had lots of fun spending time with family and celebrating what Christmas is really all about.
The Birth of Christ.
I hope that your Christmas was as blessed as ours was!