We flew in late Monday night/Tuesday morning (arrived at 1am), and by the way, Rachel did not sleep the entire four hour flight like we had planned. Awesome. Also, I did not miraculously heal in time for our trip, although I was a lot better on Monday. Dave was fine as of Monday morning. I spent most of yesterday sitting around, wishing I could eat all the amazing food, and drinking hot tea with lemon and honey.
So yesterday, while Rachel napped, Sam and Oma decorated the tree and I documented the process in photos. Of course :)
Sam spent a lot of time playing iPad with Opa or listening to him tell stories.
Everyone, except me, helped prepare the traditional Christmas Eve feast of scrumptious appetizers -- stuffed mushrooms, spanakopita, duxelles and various meats and cheeses. Normally I would be all over this food but my stomach just wasn't up to it. I ate one measly spanakopita and declared defeat. Oh and a few pieces of the special wine cheese my dad buys just for me at Christmastime.
After everyone had their fill, Oma called Sam and Rachel to be her elves as underneath the tree was suspiciously empty of presents. While they were bringing out the present below, Rachel, probably accidentally, started unwrapping it. We all yelled a panicked "NO!" in unison and completely freaked her out. Poor kid. We figure she'll be hesitant to open any presents this morning :(
And then, Oma lit the candles surrounding the Nativity Set, Opa told the Christmas Story (as only Opa can!), and then he read "How The Grinch Stole Christmas." And then the elves headed off to bed. And, at that point, I probably should have too, but I didn't as I was drawn in by good conversation, the warm fire, and a general lack of inertia :)