This is the first year Alex hasn't been with us in the morning for a commotion of opening stockings. It's been a different kind of day, spent leisurely reading by the tree and hanging out with the cat as Rob makes scalloped potatoes for a traditional dinner at my brother Dave's.
Festivities continue the next night at Brenda's.
It really is a most wonderful time of the year. Good food with friends and family. Sparkly light and long nights.