And then, "poof", Christmas is over. Well, not really. It's just beginning, really. It ends when Jesus is Baptized, right? But the anticipation is over. Gifts are unwrapped. Family has started to leave. It was a pretty quiet Christmas. I think the warm weather actually depresses me. It doesn't feel like Christmas (and I have no good summer clothes to wear right now). I'm trying to make the best of it. We went to the beach one day while Phil played golf. We've been paddleboat riding and boating, bike riding and enjoying the outdoors (when it's not too hot). We went caroling at the nursing home and made gingerbread houses. We called and sang carols. We're trying. We switched up the Voss family tradition of oyster stew on Christmas Eve. I thought Bravos were coming in town so we moved the Voss family Christmas to the morning/afternoon of Christmas Eve. We rode bikes over, did all the gift exchanges then got a boat ride home. We went to the children's mass at St. Matthews, got Chinese for dinner (maybe a new tradition?) then the girls made cookies for Santa. I think that was the earliest I've been to sleep on Christmas Eve in a really long time. Santa came! Ellie got a bigger bike and was super excited. Marly got a scooter and was not to thrilled. Luckily, she's warmed up to it since that morning. Abigail got a balance bike and Voss got a walker car. It all went pretty quickly. We had a huge breakfast of crack casserole and eggs. We watched the Disney Christmas parade, put up the bounce house (last year's gift from Santa is still going strong!) and just sorta hung out. The Freemans and Nixons came by on their boats. We toasted Jesus's birth and made an awesome cake. I had a pork shoulder in the crock pot for dinner. The following day we walked over to ride our bikes home, had a late lunch at a new burger joint. The girls are loving all their new bikes. We got Ellie a suitcase, Marly lego ice cream and Abby a Frozen sing along thing. Those are all a huge hit, too. We've been playing lots of Candy Land and especially Monopoly, the Reinstein's gift. Great family time! We went to an Ugly Sweater Christmas party on Saturday night. The McGrath's know how to throw a party! We left and met my siblings for a night out. We began at a Speakeasy in San Marco, Grape & Grain. Then, we went to the Volstead downtown and ended at dos gatos. We ran by Krystals then actually went back to the Ugly Sweater party! I didn't say we always make good choices! Sunday morning was actually pretty good. I was racing around to work on my dad's retirement gift. He finally did it this year! I'm excited to be able to spend more time with him now. We had a family party at the Yacht Club for brunch. We presented him with a gift card to Delta. We took a nice, long family nap. Then we rode bikes over to say good-bye to Erik (who was actually delayed and still in town). We ended with mass last night, which was perfect- the feast of the holy family.