Happiness is . . . arriving safely at our daughter’s house, after a drive that took three hours longer than it should. We needed multiple detours due to car accidents, one of which unfortunately had a fatality. We were happy that our drive was uneventful and boring was just fine.
Happiness is . . . watching my daughter teach her Dad how to play the latest video game. There was a lot of laughter and teasing, especially when she shot him in the back for getting onto the wrong team. A few minutes later she discovered it was her fault he was on the wrong side, but he wasn’t adept enough to pay her back.
Happiness is . . . spending Christmas Eve playing board games with my daughter and her boyfriend. Her boyfriend was patient explaining the game, The Settlers of Catan, and I barely won the first one. The second one I lost in the first few minutes, but the third one was a dead heat between the three of us. Once again, there was lots of laughter and lots of chocolate as we built our cities, blockaded each other, and tried to trade our cards for better ones.
Happiness is . . . eating delicious meals, which I am not cooking. I’m cleaning the kitchen continuously and helping with what she need, but I’m not doing the meals anymore. So far we’ve had stuffed shells, pork tenderloin cooked with cranberry sauce, and for today, a turkey with squash casserole and apple pie for dessert.
Happiness is . . . being together in the kitchen – her Dad and I are at the table (I’m working on my photographs; he’s reading his iPad) – so there’s still a lot of visiting and storytelling and we’re all together for another year. Her dogs are underfoot as usual, alternatively getting petted and told to get out of the room.
We enjoyed opening our presents to each other, but the fun is simply in being here and being together.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”
Clement Clarke Moore
(From Twas the Night Before Christmas)
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I love this post! Sounds like a great time indeed.
We really did have fun. The guys got along well and we all kept good humor.
What a welcoming porch! Sounds like a great time. Enjoy this left over week! ( and drive carefully!)
I was so happy to see her porch – it really was a beacon for us. The drive home went much better – only one detour and no accidents.
Sweet! So happy your Christmas was a merry one. Have a joyful New Year as well.
Thanks Naomi – I enjoyed reading about your own celebrations so I know you had a good time also. Happy New Year to you also!
I spent last night and all day today with my daughter and had all the same fun. it’s been a great day – including my nap
Sounds like you had a great day – ya’ made me laugh! I took a nap too. Just sat down on the couch, turned on her electric blanket, put my head back and drifted off. I don’t think anyone took my picture, although I’m not sure they even noticed. They were too busy with the video games.
This is why we have daughters, so they can entertain us and cook for us. I will be seeing mine tomorrow. Just relaxing today, something we don’t do very often it seems. Love from Canada. ( please drive safely)
You are so right about why we have daughters, although I don’t think I’ll tell her that one!
The drive home went much better. Only one detour and no accidents.
I second that – a perfect Christmas indeed
Wow, it sounds like you are having the perfect Christmas – family, relaxing, and good food :). And what an absolutely perfect tree!! Have fun and Merry Christmas to all of you :).
It was great. The time just flew and we all enjoyed ourselves.