December 26, 2011
We baked for seven days, shopped for ten days (in America), and celebrated for three. Christmas was amazing.
This year we celebrated Christmas Eve with about 15 of our closest Chinese friends. It delighted us to share a huge turkey dinner with our friends. Most of them had not eaten turkey (or any of the other traditional foods) so it was a real treat.
"I don't know what I'm eating." said Cherry. Everyone agreed and made the same comment about food we find so normal: cornbread stuffing, gravy, turkey, sweet potato casserole, broccoli salad, pasta bake, pumpkin pie, apple cider (they called it soup), and others. Next year we'll be sure to include name cards for the food.
Then came Christmas day. What a pile of gifts from family and friends! M'Lynn made several trips downtown to the post office to collect packages mailed from the states.
The kids woke up quite early (6:08 AM) after one false start by Corbin at 3 AM to get more water. After they were up for good, they settled into breakfast with Mamo's famous cinnamon rolls before getting antsy to open the presents. We waited for some teammates to come and watch and then it was on!
Presents everywhere. Paper everywhere. Don't lose the instructions. Install batteries. Assemble race track. Put on skates. Mario, Luigi, airplanes, dinosaurs, and many other toys. They played, and fought, and played the rest of the day.
All the photos are posted here. Check them out to see the Christmas fun.