This year, 17 adults (1 aunt/her husband and 3 cousins/1 cousin's spouse weren't able to join us) and 2 dogs crammed into the 984 sq. ft. house that has been home to our family since it was built in 1953 for what is likely the last time since Grandma passed away last month. I think my mom and her siblings wanted to 'go home for Christmas' one more time before the house is sold. Seems perfectly reasonable to me. Sure, we were packed in like sardines and it was a little weird being in the house without Grandma there, but it brought back so many memories and really illustrated how much the family has changed since 1988!
Some things haven't changed - like Grandma's collection of spoon rests on the wall above the stove.
Other things have changed - like the addition of my mother-in-law's amazing Christmas cookies (a fixture every year since I met The Husband).
|Seriously...the woman is one chromosome away from being Martha Stewart (but much nicer).|
Due to the immense size of the family (22 people all told), we did away with a gift exchange long ago, so imagine my surprise when each of Grandma's grandchildren received one last Christmas gift from her. When I opened my box, I found this:
After the gifts were opened; dessert was had, football was watched and then we all departed - for likely the last time.