I'm finally emerging from my post-holiday recovery.
Christmas went very well. We hosted dinner with 33 in attendance. The age range was 2 to somewhere in the mid to upper 80's. There was much craziness, including a White Elephant gift exchange in which Justin received a pair of collectible bears. That in itself would have been a poor choice for a teenage boy, but they also played music (Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing) and moved their mouths in time to the song.
Justin did not complain much when I regifted the bears to Goodwill.
Christmas knitting was kept to a manageable level this year. Amanda liked her alpaca cowl/scarf (the design was from Chicago's Loop, extra appropriate since she's attending school in Chicago). Mom was very happy with her hat and tried to take Dad's two hats plus mitts. Dad was happy that the mitts and at least one hat are way too big for Mom.
My mother-in-law was wearing a scarf I knit for my father-in-law a few years ago. I wonder how long before I start swiping Joe's clothes?
Kerry liked the cowl and capelet I knit her in her favorite colors (a mix of purple, burgundy, and brown -- bruise colors per Joe).
I was glad that several times a year I knit things "on spec". Sometimes I really want to try out a pattern or yarn, but don't need the item I knit and don't have a specific recipient in mind. The morning of the 26th, my parents and in-laws came over for breakfast. My brother, his girlfriend, and her mother were last minute additions. Since we had planned to give the older generation gifts that morning, I needed something quick for Robin, Karen, and Lurene. Robin got wine from our cabinet, Karen got a cowl, and Lurene got a keyhole scarf. All seem pleased.