We started the day with coffee (of course), mimosas, and an AMAZING breakfast of Swedish pancakes and quiche made by my mom and professional chef aunt. YUMMY! While the quiche was cooking, we opened our Christmas stockings (which needed overflow bags below them for all the loot from Santa!). Then it was time for presents! Pictures requiring explanation: Mom and Mark bought each other scissors for the stockings (apparently this is an ongoing problem), Laurie models her Chip Clips as earrings, Peter and Glen attack one of mom's paintings with their new dart guns, and Glen gave Peter some of his old 80's punk rock albums. Yippee!
Later in the day, Laurie whipped up some Glogg. For the non-Swedes out there, Glogg (pronounced glug, because the O should have those 2 dots over it) is red wine, heated with lots of spices, cinnamon sticks, and a variety of fruits, and nuts if you like. All the variations call for different liquors, but we have ours with brandy and aquavit (a Swedish caraway-flavored rubbing-alcohol like liquor). Since all the guys were shoveling, plowing the driveway, or just playing outside with the dog, they especially appreciated a warm drink when they came in! The rest of the afternoon was quiet, with a new puzzle being worked on, new books being read, a nap here and there, and some munching on leftovers.
Oh...and it snowed A LOT. 14 inches as of 6pm and still snowing hard when I left! White Christmases are beautiful but totally overrated when you don't have 4WD. Luckily my brother followed me down the canyon, just in case. I made it home with a scary slide almost off a road and my favorite highway home closed...and about 18 inches of snow plowed in front of my driveway. Still, it was a wonderful day with the family! Merry Christmas!