Why I love the Christmas season so much is mainly because the of the amazing family I have been blessed with. I could not ask for more from my immediate family, or the extended families on both my dad's and mom's side.
The entirety a my Christmas day was spent at my sister and brother in law's. I went out there a little after 9:00am for a late breakfast with my sister's family and my parents.
After we ate, we exchanged presents. Then spent the rest of the morning with coffee & small talk, and playing with the nieces while A Christmas Story played in the background on the TV.
Then around noon, one carload at a time of cousins, in-laws and aunts & uncles started to arrive.
Then there was some more presents to open and a lot more food & drink to indulge in. The rest of the day was spent with hugs and laughter. Recalling fun family stories, getting caught up with everyone's adventures since the last time we all met, and so on.
One thing I couldn't help but notice is that all the conversations were positive. Nobody was complaining about their work or school, no gossip about others, No bitching, just fun.
Kind of like the way a family gathering should be. I am truly blessed.