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Best Christmas Day Ever

This is my story about my favorite Christmas as an adult.

DH and I were at my sister’s house in San Diego. DH, Sis, her daughters and I had a lovely, leisurely morning opening gifts and enjoying breakfast. Around noon, the girls left to go spend the rest of the day with their grandparents and Sis’s boyfriend came over.

So, for the rest of the afternoon, Sis, DH, Sis’s boyfriend “Kevin” and I played Pictionary.

We started out couple versus couple, then boys against girls, and the final game was Sis and DH against Kevin and me. **NOTE: do not EVER play Pictionary against my sister and my hubby when they’re teamed up. They will DEMOLISH you. We polished off a few bottles of wine, had snacks and really had a fabulous afternoon.

After the bloodshed, the girls came back earlier than expected and helped me make dinner (standard Thanksgiving fare) while the others hung out. My sister always works on Thanksgiving so one of my presents to her is turkey dinner.

Then the 6 of us played Taboo and Clue for the rest of the night. It was a perfect day. 1007-15

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  • NostalgicGal December 26, 2016, 3:56 am

    Amen for a nice quiet one, Jeanne. I’m the one, never EVER play Trivial Pursuit. I have just one semi-weak category out of the five and I will wipe you. Heh.

    • NostalgicGal December 26, 2016, 3:56 am

      I meant six. geeze

      Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Hanukkah too.

      • Just4Kicks December 26, 2016, 11:22 am

        Oh, you’re ON Sister!!! 🙂

        My family has learned a long time ago never to play trivia games with me, especially music trivia.
        I may not remember what my husband told me ten minutes ago, but I know that Norman Greenbaum sang “Spirit in the Sky”. Lol.

        • NostalgicGal December 26, 2016, 7:07 pm

          Double or Nothing. Strip Trivial Pursuit, you’ll be wearing the pizza box. hehehehe….

    • cattlekid December 26, 2016, 10:11 am

      I’ll take that challenge, as long as it’s the original version. My sister and I played that one A LOT growing up and used to wipe my parents all the time. Then they bought the Baby Boomer edition and put us to shame.

      Scrabble is the cut-throat game in our family. I remember one game with my mom and sister where I spelled the word QUEST and thought I was hot stuff. My sister put down the rest of the tiles to spell EQUESTRIAN on like a triple word score or something like that and I was toast. She was not yet out of high school when she managed that little feat.

      • Kirsten December 26, 2016, 1:15 pm

        I’m 46, and my dad is still going on about the time he got 248 points for REQUIREMENTS – before I was born.

      • NostalgicGal December 26, 2016, 7:11 pm

        I have the Genius Edition I won off a radio call-in contest about 32 years ago. Though it was a team effort. A friend had won the ‘party pack’ and her sisters picked it up and kept all the food and soda. I was really good at calling in as the so many-eth caller on a radio contest. I called and she answered the question. First time to win hers, then second time to win mine. I shared some of the bags of snack food and soda with her since her sisters were such arses. (they gave out like ten full sized bags of munchies and six 2 liter bottles of soda with it)

        Scrabble, haven’t done that one in decades.

        • Anonymous December 27, 2016, 10:15 am

          That’s really cool, NostalgicGal–I’ve never won anything like that. The closest I ever got was when Coke was doing their iCoke Points promotion in the summer of…..2009, if I remember correctly, and I earned a pair of water park day passes by drinking an absurd amount of Diet Coke.

        • Just4Kicks December 27, 2016, 4:29 pm

          Oh, Lord.
          My mom and sister and I would have Scrabble tournaments in the summer when we were younger.
          My dad would come home and wonder why we were arguing, “THAT is NOT a real word!!! 🙂

          • NostalgicGal December 28, 2016, 7:05 pm

            We had more than one language going on, so it would have to be specified it had to be an ENGLISH word as that was the dictionary we had on hand. If you couldn’t prove it, and any book other than a dictionary wasn’t allowed for proof….

  • The Wall of Creativity December 26, 2016, 4:50 am

    It’s good when it happens that way. I get saddled with relatives that are happy to come round and have dinner cooked for them but then want to do nothing but sit atpround watching the TV while the rest of us play games. Surely if someone else is hosting and cooking you need to make some effort to join in?

    • Dee December 26, 2016, 11:37 am

      The Wall of Creativity – The reason this story is so great is because of the people, not the day or the presents. They thought of each other’s needs first, and thus they all received the best gift.

      If you’re not getting that from your family then why host them? Or why not at least say something? Surely you control your own TV. And when you invite them you can let them know you cannot do the cleanup after dinner and so the aftermath will be a collaborative effort, and that they are welcome to bring games they enjoy so that there’s something to interest everyone, since the TV is out of service for the day. Don’t serve dessert until the cleanup is done. I agree with you, guests should pitch in if they see their host needs a break and should participate in what the host has arranged but some people are just dense. If you don’t say anything then you are expecting them to be mind-readers, which is unrealistic.

      I find that telling people what I’ve planned helps to smooth things, because I know they have planned what they want to do, too, so a heads-up helps to prevent grumpiness. But some people do not like to do their fair share, I know, and it works best for us if they are left to find their own company on holidays. Freeloaders don’t make the season festive.

      Yesterday I couldn’t have asked for better company. Made for one of the best Christmases ever.

  • kategillian December 26, 2016, 7:46 am

    We played Clue last night!

    • admin December 26, 2016, 8:38 am

      Christmas Eve we watched the Star Wars Holiday Special and laughed ourselves sick…then used brain bleach.

      • NostalgicGal December 26, 2016, 7:13 pm

        I didn’t know they’d ever aired that plucked turkey since the first airing wayyy back when. Yes I seen it on the original air, and it was laughably pathetic wasn’t it?

        • admin December 26, 2016, 10:19 pm

          We watched it on Youtube. There was a lot of comedic commentary about every scene and actor.

          • Miss Herring December 30, 2016, 10:35 am

            Oh, I’ve seen that mess of a movie! Eww.

  • crebj December 26, 2016, 11:07 am

    A Public Service Announcement: Don’t play Twister AFTER the meal.

    • NostalgicGal December 26, 2016, 7:13 pm

      Or at a wedding reception after the food. I made that mistake once and had to call on account of not wanting to ralf onto the mat.

    • Semperviren December 26, 2016, 10:13 pm

      Or the eggnog

  • SFL December 26, 2016, 11:39 am

    Glad a good day was had, but I am not seeing an etiquette issue or example of good etiquette here.

    • Liz December 26, 2016, 4:23 pm

      Seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing. Just because you don’t see the good etiquette of family getting along doesn’t mean it isn’t there. 🙂

    • crebj December 26, 2016, 8:29 pm

      And that’s the point! A good time was had by all, no drama llamas or princesses or sulky sultans. Winners all around.

    • Anonymous December 26, 2016, 8:42 pm

      I know. That’s because Jeanne likes to do more “feel good” stories around the holidays, in addition to our regularly scheduled Feel Good Fridays.

    • Lisa S. December 28, 2016, 4:48 pm

      SFL: I wrote this post a couple of years ago. Our fearless Admin Jean requested that EHellers submit a story about their favorite holiday…there wasn’t an etiquette issue, but simply a “Let’s hear about some nice stories for a change!”

  • Julidu December 28, 2016, 7:06 am

    Late to the party but… no one in our family will play cards with my Mother and/ or me. When I met and married my DH no one told him until Thanksgiving Night one year. After the family feast, DH mentions a couple of friends have invited us over for drinks and cards. My father looks at DH like he’s crazy. When DH asked what wrong, my father proceeds to inform him that Mother and I are card sharks. No one in the family will play with us. It really sucks since Mother and I both love playing Gin, Progressive Rummy and Spades.

    • NostalgicGal December 28, 2016, 7:12 pm

      I learned to play pinochle when I was six as I was in the ‘gap’ between the generations (I was technically the older generation not their children’s generation) so I could participate in something at the holidays. I wasn’t the best player and I wasn’t going to win but at least then they could get four to play and I could do something. Haven’t played that in years…

    • Just4Kicks December 30, 2016, 10:13 am

      When my folks first got a pool, in my early teens, our house was THE place to be in the summer.
      It wasn’t unusual to have a set of grandparents and a cousin at our house everyday with my mom and my sister and I.
      My grandfather was quite the rummy player, and we would play that a lot.
      If it was too windy for cards, we would play Yatzee.

      May I add, I used to get a chuckle out of my dad coming home from a long day at the office to find four or five people at our house, who many times would stay for dinner. Ha!
      One day, my mom sent me up to get something out of the kitchen, and I hear my dad complaining out loud to himself in the bedroom where he was changing out of his suit.
      “Jesus Christ!!! EVERY DAMN DAY!!! I wish we’d never put that @$&$! pool in!!!”
      “Uh….Dad? You okay?!?”
      “How much of that did you hear?!?”
      “All of it!!!”
      “Crap. Don’t tell your mother.”
      (Said grandparents were my mom’s side of the family)
      I MAY have used that to my advantage once or twice. 😉

      • NostalgicGal December 30, 2016, 6:51 pm

        If you didn’t use it to an advantage, you weren’t a card carrying kid. Heh. Above ground or in-ground pool?

        • Just4Kicks January 3, 2017, 9:27 am

          Above ground, it was and still is glorious on hot summer days.
          My little ones and I usually make a couple day stay out of going to use the pool.
          We mow the lawn and weed etc…It’s lovely to jump into the pool when we are done.

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