but he didn’t.
but he didn’t.
Christmas Day finally arrived yesterday. Good times were had by all.
We started the day around 9 am with lots of presents. Santa Claus must have gone into debt, because the presents were many:
I’d call it an embarrassment of riches — except we’re not rich.
Later that morning the family put together the first-ever Jenkins family jigsaw puzzle:
Later that afternoon the Beckers, Norman and Benezra joined us for a little holiday cheer.
Unfortunately the ever-present picture man wasn’t in high gear this day, so we didn’t snap a lot of pics.
The countdown to Christmas continues — and so do the festivities.
On Wednesday night the family Otterlee came over for a little gift exchange. Grant, Hayes, Reese and Finn cleaned house. Fortunately there were no Lite Brites to be had.
On Thursday night the family Jenkins ventured out of Laurelhurst to — gasp — Ravenna. Our destination was Candy Cane Lane. From there we went to dinner at Verlamos.
We took last night off.
Tonight was Christmas Eve. After dropping by Amanda and Cal’s to, inter alia, see Stanley the Camel (see him in 2009):
we enjoyed a quiet, family-only dinner at home:
Tonight? Well, someone will be paying us a visit.
Less than two weeks to Christmas and the festivities continue.
On Saturday the family Jenkins headed to Sand Point Country Club for brunch with Santa Claus.
On Sunday we joined the Otterlees and about fifty of their closest friends at the Otter Family Christmas shindig. Standing room only there, and unfortunately we didn’t take any good pictures. From there we headed to Jodi Cohen’s for the kids’ first-ever latka party. The kids learned how to spin dreidels, but ditto on the picture thing. From there we returned home whereupon Ronnie, Ollie and the kids finished decorating the family Christmas tree.
Notwithstanding the family Christmas tree, on Monday night Reese got own tree:
Not sure why she needs a personal tree, but I’ll pick my battles.
Yesterday Sofia Lippmann joined Tamir and Moe Richardson with Reese and Finn for a little private Christmas party at casa de Jenkins.
I did not attend but from what I could tell the gifts were really flowing. Reese and Finn received a Lite-Brite for Christmas — you know, that toy with all those little lights. Those’ll do well in the vacuum cleaner. From what I can tell it was part Christmas party part photo shoot — lots more photos are available here.
While I was hacking it up at the annual One Club Open, Rhonda and the kids joined the family Otterlee for an afternoon out at the Santa Train in North Bend. Since I was not there I don’t have a lot to add here other than a few pics:
When I was growing up, my grandparents used to throw a party every Christmas Eve. Between ten and fifteen neighbors and old friends would come by for a few hours of good food, booze and conversation. Those parties remain some of my fondest childhood memories.
We aren’t quite there in the numbers department yet, but I’m hoping we can have our own Christmas party tradition. We got it started today with a hoer doerves and dinner with the Beckers and Benezra. We started with the Beckers mixing Cosmopolitans at bar de Nick. We ended it with Benezra and I horizontal, watching Arthur. Lots of good fun in between.
A few pics:
Today we celebrated the birthday of our Lord and Savior. My 41st such celebration, Ronnie’s 44th, Reese’s third and Finn’s second. Finn and I were a smidge under the weather and weren’t in much of a celebrating mood, but that didn’t keep us from a full day. We spent Christmas morning under the tree, me playing with our just-dusted-off camcorder, Ronnie snapping a pic any time someone moved. A few of them:
Later we trekked over to the Otterlees for a fantastic din din courtesy of Jayne and her mom Lynn. Again, the camera was out and often:
Today we got our Christmas tree up. Took a few days, but I gotta say it looks fantastic. The pics probably don’t do it justice:
Today was Finn’s first, and Reese’s second, Christmas. It was a very, very white one, much to their parents’ chagrin. A few photos, more of which can be found in the Fall-Winter Snapfish photo book: