We did manage to provide, courtesy of Christopher and Annie’s culinary skills, a Christmas bunch at home which we ate with relish following a two hour gift opening session. Our appointed task at the opening of the presents was to corral the wrapping paper once it had been removed from the gift. Fortunately for us, the main gift opener, who will celebrate her 4th birthday on January 18, was most helpful in delivering the wrapping paper to Gramma’s outstretched hand.
All in all, we think it is safe to say that, in spite of the chaos, we had our most enjoyable Christmas in recent years. And the Higbys report that both the accommodations and breakfasts at the Cooper Inn were excellent. We certainly are already looking forward to next year’s celebration, which we realize may or may not be in Cooperstown, but will be when The Mar-Bear will no doubt take a more active part in the festivities. We also look forward to more “out of the mouths of babes” comments, such as the one we got this year from The Widge.
Although she had ordered take out mac and cheese with French fries, she asked if she could have a bite of the pizza that had also been ordered. Her mother pointed out to her that the pizza had onions on it, something we gather The Widge is not big on. She peered at the pizza for a moment and announced she would be careful. We are still laughing.
And we also think that before celebrating Christmas again in Cooperstown, it would behoove us to remove some of our clutter before the clutter of Christmas arrives. Unfortunately, we are well known in the family as the Queen of Clutter. For example, we have known for years that we are afflicted with an overload of stuff. But as we prepared for the Ohio Ellsworths to visit, we came up with a precise explanation of the problem.