Tale of Two Christmases

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
One.

Christmas morning we got up early and exchanged christmas presents with each other, put the breakfast casserole in the oven, and got ready for Moreland Family Christmas. Daddy, Aunt T, Aunt Kay, and Uncle Freddie came over about 10:30 for our annual Christmas celebration. It is always a blast and this year was no exception.

The Moreland clan...minus Freddie who was behind the camera.
Georgia Bulldawgs was a theme among many of the presents this year. Here are Aunt T and Aunt Kay with their new UGA wreaths.

And Daddy with his new UGA corn hole boards
All the boys got new hats...Andrew and Daddy got matching camouflage Auburn/Georgia hats and Freddie got a super useful 2-in-1 hat/glove combo that turns his head into an elephant. They look thrilled right?

Here is Sadie in her usual spot around Christmas...lounging under the Christmas tree.

We all agreed to pare down on the number of gifts this year...don't get me wrong there were still a goodly plenty...and lots of small goofy gifts...but we wanted to be able to spend more on helping those in need at Christmas. While we were opening gifts, we went around and all told how we helped others during the holiday season. It is true...it is better to give than to receive.

Every year we celebrate my birthday alongside Christmas. Any one who knows me knows how much I love cookie cakes. This one was a double layered cookie cake covered in frosting...yum.


Two.

Christmas afternoon and evening we headed to Andrews parent's house for East Family Christmas. It is always such a sweet time of family fun. Ann made the traditional lasagna which was super yummy and we shared gifts. Here are some of the highlights:

Andrew got a super awesome nesting doll made of Auburn football players. Its a funny story...we saw one of these randomly in a shop in Alaska back in May. Two problems though: it was from 2006 i think...so not auburns best year or best players...and it was $80. So we left it there. Apparently not long after that Andrew's dad's coworker had recently been to Russia and had run into them and bought a few (at a much more reasonable price) to bring home. And even better it is from 2004...you know...Campbell, Cadillac, Brown, etc. Andrew was excited!
Ben was marveling at his tower of presents. Kids gifts take up a ton of space.
Kate loved her new tutu. She knew exactly what to do with it on...twirl.
For a trip down memory lane...check out what we got for Emily...the Mall Madness board game. Several months ago we were discussing as a family things we wished we had as a child but never got...hers was Mall Madness. So we went on a hunt for a copy, and you can find anything on the internet. Score.
Ben got a new bike from Granna and Granddaddy

It was a wonderful holiday season. Now it is time for a fresh start and a new year. I hope everyone had a restful holiday and spent time remembering the real reason we celebrate Christmas.
Goodbye 2011. Hello 2012.
Happy New Year Everyone!

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