On Christmas morning, Matthew and I had nary a sleep-in before bundling in the car to Gramma's house for family brunch and giftgiving.
There were many delicious platters, including papaya and fresh dates, and home made mince tarts and gingerbread men. This brunch was also a once-in-12-years photo opportunity for all the Gray cousins:
|L-R: Emily, Jessie, me, Eleanor, Sophie and Carolyn|
In the evening we drove to New Westminster for Christmas dinner with the Gray family in their newly-renovated kitchen. We were greeted with pomegranate martinis!
Turkey and all the trimmings were so perfect we had second helpings, and then, as if that weren't enough, Aunty Leslie brought out white chocolate and raspberry trifle! Matthew had three helpings and then vowed never to eat again.
The cousins retired to the living room to play the piano and sing some carols:
Jessie and Matthew puzzled over their bonbon trinkets:
Also there was a dance party in the kitchen (yes, Hanson's 'Snowed In' featured) and Uncle Dan did his magic leg-disappearing trick. I laughed so hard I actually fell off my chair, much to everyone's consternation and amusement. I also have to include this adorable picture of Matthew, at the end of the evening, sneaking his third trifle helping and making friends with the neighbour's dog:
After a generous Boxing Day Sleep-In (finest tradition), Matthew and I headed out to Burnaby this morning for brunch at the Kings' house and played with their new kitten, Molly:
Since it was such a rare occasion to have all the family in one room, we took a stack of group shots:
Jessie gave Matthew and I the most excellent t-shirts for Christmas, which we are proudly modelling below:
And when we got home this evening, after a long weekend of festivities, I enjoyed a glass of Californian red in our stunning new crystal wine glasses, a generous gift from my mum and dad: