Friday, December 27, 2019

Boxing Day, another family get together

With the exception of Sister, Bone Doctor and Little Jo who are now in New Zealand, and Fire Fighting Nephew who was on call and his wife, we were all together at Ex Sis in Laws for another Christmas meal but on Boxing Day.

I will do this as much for my own benefit.

Ex Sis in Law hosted with her husband.

Tradie Brother and ABI Brother.

Mother, whose wide brimmed pink feathered hat could be seen floating about a gate as she hovered waiting for ABI Brother to get things from the car.

Hippie Niece and her twin daughters.

Oldest Niece, her partner and Little M, Little Em and Little L.

Ex Sis in Law's husband's daughter and her rather attractive partner.

Ex Sis in Law's husband's other daughter with her same sex partner, a friend and a mother. Why weren't we told about Ex Sis in Law's daughter?

Around twenty people. Ah, left us out. Twenty two.

Wait, Ex Sis in Law's female friend and her daughter.

Yet another, someone who bought a pup from their pug. Mother and son ran around like crazy and they look quite different.

With all these adults each buying presents for the five children, plus what they received yesterday, plus what they receive from their respective parents, plus what the twins were given by their father, plus what Little M, Little Em and Little L received from their paternal grandparents who are separated so two lots of presents each.

This is absurd! The children quickly looked at each present, discarded them and then went on to the next. There was a mountain of presents and an even larger mountain of wrapping paper.

We are really doing this wrong.

Little L looked so cute as an elf. A brother with two confident but quite different older sisters will be interesting to watch. It is not generally in our family experience. But he will have lots of daddy and mummy love.


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  1. Wow it was a family boxing day

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    1. Yes Gosia, and absolutely lovely.

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  2. Twenty-four people!!! Lots of them children? That sounds totally exhausting. All praise to the organiser.
    And yes, I do think we take present giving to absurd levels. I really like that these children have so many people to whom they matter though.

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    1. EC, yes, there is no shortage of love for the children. I can't add to the present giving, but I can't imagine how it could be done differently.

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  3. It was rather chaotic when Jack and I arrived at my daughter's house. Mandy's step sister was all worried because her mother was "lonely" (her mother is a drama Queen). She demanded that she and her brother leave Mandy's and come to her to make her happy. Ugh!
    So when we walked in the family room it looked like a bomb had gone off! Paper and opened presents everywhere, and none of it being played with. The kids just wanted more.
    I'd been very good about what I was buying and I made each an afghan which went over well.
    Next year I will do one big gift and then a few little ones. No more extravaganzas! It is too much and not appreciated.
    Then my grandson spiked a fever and we fretted and worked to get it down. He has febrile seizures and fever's can cause them.
    My ex-husband and I and his girlfriend sat around chatting. A few times Bob and I reminisced about being two teenagers making poor decisions, but having it all work out.
    We got home by 7 and I was in bed by 8. Just exhausted.

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    1. Doesn't sound too bad Maribeth. Yes, for people our age such things are exhausting.

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  4. I'm exhausted just after reading this! :)

    Hectic personified...but happy, it seems, the latter being of most importance. Today, not Sunday, should be your day of rest! :)

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    1. Lee, today aside from easy shopping as there is no one but us left in Melbourne, it was a relaxed day.

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  5. That's the cutest little elf I ever saw :)
    I agree we certainly are doing things wrong when kids get mountains of gifts. Earlier times, but even when my kids were little, other families bought way too many gifts and I wonder now did mine feel at all deprived by getting only a couple plus what grandmothers sent, which was usually a piece of clothing per child, or a book.
    Your day sounds busy and fun, I bet you're glad it's over for another year.

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    1. Oh yes River, very pleased it is over for another year. We never received a lot of presents when I was a kid. I never felt deprived and always excited by what I did receive.

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  6. Cute baby elf :)

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    1. Right cutie Hels. Can't wake for him to grow up a bit and see what his personality and brain is like. His parents are pretty smart and savvy.

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  7. Elves here too; they get everywhere!

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  8. I agree kids get too much these days.

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    1. Diane, but how to fix that? Everyone wants to buy them something, more of a problem when it is a large family.

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  9. Wow! Apparently I needed to be hanging out with you and your family to get tons and tons of gifts, and to hug a cute elf baby! (lol) Hugs, RO

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  10. That is lots and lots of family, I'd need a list to keep track of them all.

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    1. Travel, they weren't all born at the same time so we are able to keep track.

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  11. This year we were lucky no gifts between us adults Toby got a metal detector from us and pulls and football shoes from his parents and that was it. He was so happy to look for metal in the house, and then they played cartes together while we laughed and chatted was like a chicken coop !

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    1. Gattina, I doubt Toby found much in your house with the metal detector. Better that he goes to beaches or inner Amsterdam.

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  12. Big get together, but your family seems to get together quite a lot. That's good, isn't it? I'd think so, from a distance, not being there.

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    1. Strayer, one could be cynical and say that they know where some money will come from, but really, it is just family connection and get togethers.

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