The festivities started with a large family gathering at our nieces home in Pacific, Missouri on the 22nd. Unfortunately, I did not have my camera with me and we had to cut our stay there short because our son Arno was hospitalized that afternoon with a heart related episode, but that's another story.
Arnie was released the next day and decided to go on with plans for a small family gathering on Christmas Day. We also had them over at our home on Christmas Eve.
Christmas Day started off well with a traditional breakfast at Leslies home. Not exactly low-cal but delicious. We gathered at Arnie's that afternoon for a Mexican dinner (also a tradition with us) and enjoyed the company of Rebecca's brother and nephew along with Shirley and friends.
Jennifer and Charlie drove in from Denver via Columbia and visited on the 28th and 29th. Good to have everyone together, even though it was just for a bit.