An Old-Fashioned Family Christmas

To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world. — Calvin Coolidge, Presidential message (December 25, 1927)

Like I told you before, we were planning on a cozy Christmas in our home. An old-fashioned family Christmas.

Let me set the scene for you:
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. — Burton Hillis

A little visitor watching the festivities from our porch.

Sorting out the gifts under the tree.

Adele helping Grandpa Smith unwrap.

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients to a truly merry Christmas. — Peg Bracken

Once the day turned into dusk, we all bundled up to see the local zoo lights and visit the animals.

All the excitement got the best of little Justin.

The table then was set for a Christmas morning brunch — complete with Nick's grandmother's beautiful china.

{excuse the poor phone picture and quality}

Santa Paws came for a visit.

So that was a quick overview of our holiday cozied up in our humble abode. What were your holiday highlights?

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