Merry Christmas

Lindsay and Casey arrived on Dec 22nd.  They rented a car at the airport and pulled into Thousand Trails about 9:30 pm.  I’d already sorted out getting the key for the rental cabin and Matt & Sarah had already moved into the cabin.  We figured a shared cabin for the kids would be a great way for them to spend some time together and also give us some space in Phaeton Place.  They’ve spent their time shopping for a few last minute Christmas gifts and also lounging around the pool.  The cabin is basically just a place to sleep.  Not the best accommodation but certainly liveable for a week.

We spent Christmas eve watching Christmas movies and according to our German heritage everyone got to open one gift on Christmas eve before turning in for the night.  Both Chris and my families used to have the same tradition on Christmas eve when we were kids.  I think it was meant to perhaps con us into sleeping in a bit longer on Christmas morning.  I’m not so sure that idea has ever worked out as we both remember many early Christmas mornings at home as youngsters.  Pretty funny when you think of some of the things we used to do to get our parents out of bed earlier so we kids could get at our presents.  Matt had a great story about the time he and his brothers successfully managed to advance every clock in their house, including his father’s wrist watch WHILE he was sleeping, 3 full hours in order to get his parents up earlier just so the brothers could get at their loot under the tree.  How devious!

The floor under our steering wheel was crammed with nicely wrapped gifts on Christmas morning and Santa had managed to overflow all our stockings with many wonderful things.  We enjoyed coffees and listening to Lindsay’s Yule Log DVD of Christmas music while we unwrapped our gifts to the smell of an awesome breakfast quiche and fresh muffins cooking in our convection oven.  I’m not sure how the kids will ever manage getting all their gifts back home.  The funniest gifts we received were four jars of Canadian Kraft peanut butter which we simply can not find in the USA.


It wasn’t long before Lindsay & Chris were busy prepping the turkey for its four hour oven date.  We spent much of Christmas day making all our favorite dishes, mashed potatoes, turnip, sweet potato casserole, salad, noodles, etc. All the kids managed to get some time at the pool while our turkey browned nicely. It’s been hot enough here in Orlando recently but we’ve managed to keep cool with only the doors and windows open and no air conditioners running…..until today anyway, when we just had to have the a/c on because of the oven.  Dinner was fabulous outside on our picnic table and we toasted our family time with some Blackberry Merlot by Arbor Mist.  Dessert was an apple pecan pie from Cracker Barrel with a little vanilla ice cream added for good measure.


From our family to yours, we wish all our friends and family a very Merry Christmas.  Live, love, laugh!


One Comment

  1. Russ Krecklow December 26, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    Canadian Kraft peanut butter, how funny. Some of our other Canadian friends complain that they can’t get Jif peanut butter in Canada, and have to stock up on it while in the US. Heard that the price of peanuts may be going up, so you’ve got a nice hedge against inflation, there.