This year we tried to keep Christmas a little low-key to not overwhelm Jinna Rai too much... not sure if we were entirely successful. "Low-key" doesn't really exist in families with 17 cousins. Even in the limited hours that we were all together, the sheer din and kaleidoscope of colors and experiences was surely crazy for her. But she took it all in well, and seemed to enjoy herself.
Christmas Eve was spent at the Dreschers' house, where we had an appetizer contest (honors go to Dan and his 30-hour prep), a cookie contest (winner, winner, chicken dinner), a white elephant game, and some carolling. Oh, and a visit from Grandma Deuce. I always do my best to forget that part.
A magical night!