Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bad Spelling, Happy Day

Xmas? I have avoided that spelling of Christmas most of my life, and I'm only making an eXception so that I can show the photos I made on that happy day 3 days ago and can still use that X . Yes, ABC Wednesday round 7 is at X, planning to eXit the alphabet in two more weeks. Check out the eXceptional cleverness of participating bloggers and their eXciting eXamples of eXercising their XXXXs by clicking on logo.

Early Christmas morning, while some of the guests in my daughter Candace's house still slept, I took these pictures of the living room with its lighted tree and the great pile of gifts that ringed it. This is natural dawn light (no flash) with snow softly falling outside.

While there are some lovely gifts in what appears to be an obscenely
materialistic pile of presents, many of them proved to be

joke items or even gifts for the two dogs.

And I had the choice seat by the tree, camera poised.

Granddaughter Myrtle appeared in silver shoes.

And one of Candy's first gifts proved to be reindeer slippers

So she put on reindeer antlers and hammed it up a bit.

Byron opens a gift while his mother, Candy, at left, looks on. Ernie, Byron's lively little mongrel, and Hobbit, the resident dog, attempt to help.

Myrtle looks on as her brother Cedric prepares to open a gift.
Cedric's wife, Susan, also watches.

Susan admires her new frying pan.
The rosettes on her cap were package decorations.

Son-in-law Clinton hams it up with a new shirt.

Compare this with the serene early morning picture...

All was followed by a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, formally set on the table that had held our traditional Christmas morning breakfast stolen.

The participants are: myself, visiting from Port Townsend
Candace, my daughter, and Clinton, my son-in-law
Candy and Clint's daughter Dr. Myrtle Shock (Ph.D in archeology)
" " " son, Dr. Byron Shock, professor at College of Idaho
" " " son. Cedric Shock, computer eXpert
Cedric's wife, Susan.
Ernie and Hobbit, enthusiastic doggie participants


Roger Owen Green said...

nifty footwear!
and a nice array of photos for the season.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

mrsnesbitt said...

Now I know the aftermath of wrapping paper which adorned our floor is a normal event! Happy Chrisymas Phyllis - here's looking forward to the next round! Hope to see you aboard!

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

What a sweet post indeed Granny Smith.


Vernz said...

I love that reindeer slippers most... the aftermath is the hardest part...hahaha..happy new year..

ABC Wed here

MacDougal Street Baby said...

I love your perspective. Thanks for letting us peek into your happiness.

photowannabe said...

Great proof of a wonderful family Christmas. I love the fun gifts and total chaos the wrappings produce.

Martha said...

Wonderful choice for the letter X. Maybe I should have used that much avoided spelling too. (This morning I saw a red fox out int he yard. He would have made an excellent entry if only I had my camera.)

Winchester Daily Photos said...

Looks like you had a good day!

Wanda said...

I really enjoyed your Christmas ~ A lot of love and fun came through the screen Granny.

Tumblewords: said...

Love the footwear and the cap decorations. Isn't is amazing how quickly serenity can turn to chaos, bedlam and uproarious laughter? Looks like a wondrous day. Happy New Year to you!

Paula Scott said...

Oh, what FUN it seems like you all had! Great story told with the images taken from the choice seat!

Nanka said...

That was really a fun and warm post. Great to see your family all together contributing to the fun including Ernie and Hobbit.

Happy New Year to you !!

helenmac said...

An eXcellent Xmas family album!
Thank you,
HelenMac, ABC Team

Maggie May said...

Happy New Year.
Glad you were part of such a lovely family group!
Great footwear!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Winifred said...

Wonderful photographs, You've captured a lovely family Christmas. This year I had the camera poised and then forgot to take any all day. Never done that before.

Hope you have a wonderful year in 2011!

chubskulit said...

Simply beautiful!

E is for Eyes that Glow