A traditional Egolf family Christmas Eve is anything but relaxing! For some reason, the Christmas mood does not hit my husband until he wakes up on December 24th. This year was no different. I heard him dressing and asked him where he was going. (Of course the first answer to that question is Sheetz because it is common knowledge that ALL ROADS LEAD TO SHEETZ and you can't go anywhere without going there first!) As if just being hit with revelation from heaven, he said "the boys are becoming and men and they don't have any tools! They have to have tools!" So we were off to Sears for tools for the boys. "What did we get for Tiffy?", he asked. Let's just get her a few more small things. "Did we get enough for Caden?" "WWWHHHHHAAAAATTTTTTT?" Every time we went shopping for for anyone else, we left sometimes with what we went for AND something for Caden. If we didn't find what we were looking for, we left with nothing EXCEPT something for Caden! "Yes, honey, we got plenty for Caden." Nevertheless we were off for to the mall and to Giant Food Mart because they are the only store who carries that carries rainbow sherbert this time of year and we can't have Christmas punch without rainbow sherbert! Then he dropped me at home because he wanted to get me "one more little thing". While he was gone I watched Millionaire Mustang with the kids until we heard a POP! Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle. "Mom, the fuse went again!" But the smell told me that maybe this time it was more than the fuse. Our tv was a gift from my father who had trouble with it from the day he bought it. Eventually he got tired of fooling with it and bought a new one, but he experimented with it and thought that maybe he had figured it out, so he gave it to us. We were thrilled to be able to see the basketball during March Madness! Fuses blew now and then, but we would just stick a new one in and be off and running again. This time, however, I knew it was done. Things had melted back there, so it was back out to get a t.v. because we all know that it is an essential (well, at least during March madness anyway).
For the second year in a row, I had the privilege to photograph my favorite young family. Aren't those boys just two slices of heaven? The little guy slept through the whole thing!
Later that night, he showed up at my house-still asleep. Doesn't he just make that Christmas outfit look awfully cute? The manufacturer ought to employ him as a male model.
While my son-in-law cooked in the kitchen, the siblings all sat around chatting and laughing. After all Evan was in the mix and when he's around, someone is always laughing.
Within the hour, dinner was ready. Yummy, homemade clam chowder
In bread bowls too! Thanks Brian! It was delicious! As usual!
After dinner, some convened to the living room to enjoy the tree...and the train. My hubby went all out this year, adding a park bench, a pond, more greenery, skaters and snow. My favorite thing is that the lights on the tree twinkle every now and then. Declan likes them too.
Some hung in the kitchen to engage in some serious salt dough ornament painting. Caden painted his ornaments, then helped his mother with hers. He discovered that paint doesn't taste too good either. YUK!
Aunt Tiffy joined in the painting fun! Meanwhile I bagged up some hard tack candy, made from Karo syrup, sugar, water, oils and coloring-a definite Egolf Christmas tradition. The candy was for another Christmas Eve tradition that we always participate in.
Every year, the local fire company cover their trucks in Christmas light and travel through every neighborhood. Any child that comes out to see them gets a candy cane and sometimes a small toy. One year, after experiencing first hand the efforts that these volunteers make to save the lives of people they don't know, sometimes at the risk of their own lives, we decided that these brave men shouldn't be handing out gifts to people, they should be getting them, so every year we box up some goodies for those that will be manning the station on Christmas day.
Caden liked the fire trucks! Thank you Alpha Company!
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!