I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we had already decided not to do the whole Christmas presents thing this year, so there were no presents to unwrap, except a few for the boys from their oldest brother. The boys also each got a little Tablet computer from Dad, and I spent a week putting games and books on them, but that was the grand total of our Christmas. And you know what? Every body was just fine with it. There were no groans, complaints, or whining of any kind, the boys knew it was going to be that way and they really didn't mind at all. I sure do have some great kids. And you know what else was really quite amazing to me? Not once during the entire day did I ever hear either kid say a word about being bored! Every Christmas for the last 20 years somebody has uttered those words to me before the end of Christmas day, but not this year.
As for me, I managed to make it through (so far) without any major breakdowns or emotional collapses, so I am calling it a successful holiday season. I finished most of the stitching on my Dragon that I have been working on, he still needs some work on his eye, but I think I will need to do that by hand to get it to work out right. He still needs to be framed out and mounted, but I have rolled him back up and put him away again for now to start on my next project. Here are a couple of pictures of the Dragon: