It was a quiet day here on Christmas Day, with just my son and I and the two cats. My brother had stopped by on Christmas Eve to drop off a few gifts, and we ordered in pizza for dinner that evening. I was being entirely lazy and planned that we'd eat leftovers on Christmas Day. We did; my son had pizza and I ate the remainder of a pasta bake we'd had earlier in the week. I didn't even do the dishes, they sat in the sink until this morning. As I said, lazy!I started the morning, as always, woken by the yells of a hungry cat. At 20.5 years of age, Sasha has no patience when waiting for his meals. And he's spoiled too. After feeding the cats, I made a cup of tea and sat in the living room, with just the glow of the Christmas lights from the tree.
I also had several calls from my daughter and video-chatted with Eli at least twice. I know she was feeling quite lonely being on her own. Next year will be different, I'm sure.
Later I did more research on my family trees in Ancestry while looking through various photo albums. Mom had eight photo albums, and my grandmother (Nan) one as well. The latter album has disintegrated over the years and the writing under the photos has faded.
This is one of the photos I shared on FB with various cousins. It was taken in December, 1954 in my Nan and Grandpa's home. I originally found it loose in Nan's album but later noted that it should have been in Mom's as she had a notation that read "Dad (head), E and A." The photo bomber is my grandfather, E is my dad, and A is my aunt - she was married to my mom's brother B. Dad and Mom were married on November 26, 1954, so this photo was taken just weeks after they married.