Well, that was exhausting, but very nice. I had a few celebrations with my family for Christmas. A drive up to Seattle with my sister to see our other sister and her son and daughter-in-law. Nick and Miriam live in Edmonds, a cute little town on Puget Sound, looking across the water at the pretty mountains on the Olympic Peninsula. Barb had come west from Cape Cod for the holiday, so we went up to spend a few days visiting. Then it was back home on Friday before Christmas Eve and then down to my brother and sister-in-law’s for Christmas day. We exchanged simple or homemade gifts. None of us really need anything, and small tokens of affection are fine. No need for big presents. Much more important just to enjoy each other and catch up on what everyone is doing. Now to tidy up and prepare for the New Year!