In the afternoon, Chuck, Kyle, Ethan and myself went to the local cinema to see the Coen brothers' new film, "True Grit". It comes out in Australia on January 26. I recommend it. Not really a remake of the 1969 John Wayne western, so much as another adaptation of the same novel. And a nice job by "The Dude" Jeff Bridges.
Then it was off to church with the family for the 6:45 evening service. Lots of carols and a fairly short message - just my kind of Christmas Eve service.
The Gillette family tradition for Christmas Eve dinner is pizza. And it was good pizza.
Christmas morning 2010
Christmas morning we got a bit of a sleep in, and then after showers and dressing it was time for freshly-baked cinnamon rolls. Great with coffee on the side!
Erik came over (and brought his dog Bella), and then it was presents-opening time.
|Bella sitting patiently on the towel.|
|The "used car lot" outside. L to R: Kyle (grey), Ethan (white), Kyle (black), Andrea (white), Erik (red), Vicki, Chuck. One more vehicle is out of view in front of the garage.|
|The sweater and cap I got from Erik.|
|Kara and I.|
|The table set for Christmas dinner.|
This year's gifts (and givers):
A seahorse ornament (Kara)
A new Stephen Lawhead novel, "The Skin Map" (Kara)
$50 for F.Y.E. (Ethan)
Longsleeve Demon Hunter T-shirt (Kyle)
Fleece-lined jeans (Chuck)
Tan-coloured fleece jumper with "W" logo (Erik)
Camo cap (Erik)
Logic puzzles book (Kara)
$100 (Chuck and Vicki)
Longsleeve polo shirt (Gramma G)
Grey zip-up fleece (Kara)
Update: the $50 from Ethan was spent tonight on new albums by Third Day and Anberlin, as well as CDs from Apocalyptica, K'naan and Nightwish.
The money from my in-laws was spent on an Amazon order that is currently on its way to Australia: Seasons 5 & 6 of "The Office", "Inception", and "Toy Story 3" - all 65-75% off retail.
Airline tickets for our trips to California (Dec 1-6) and Minnesota (Dec 26-28) were also Christmas gifts from Kara's grandmothers. :)
Boxing Day we flew across to Minneapolis to visit Gramma Larson and Vicki's side of the family. That night after dinner we had a white elephant gift exchange, and we got more gifts at Gramma's apartment (in "the home") the next day.
$25 (Gramma L)
32-LED Flashlight (Gramma L)
Jigsaw puzzle (white elephant)
Coffee-themed teatowel/washer set (white elephant)
Various Chocolates/truffles (stocking)
We (Chuck, Vicki, Kara and I) stayed in a guest apartment at "The Home". (It's not really a nursing home, it's more like a large apartment building for older folks.) On the mezzanine floor they have guest apartments for visitors, and this is where we stayed.