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Christmas is lovely, but there sure is a lot to do. Brave traffic, parking lots, and lines in stores. Plan and purchase or make presents. Order gifts online. Cook carrot butter for friends and neighbors. Find the perfect baguette to accompany the carrot butter. Go to family parties. Go to work parties. Go to friend parties. By the time Christmas day arrives, we just sit back and breathe a sigh of relief.
Despite our activity-filled schedule, or maybe because of it, we shared some memorable times.
- Miles decorated and redecorated our lovely tree a throughout December.
- Alvin was the most dashing (and most sober) redhead at his TerraTek party at the Park City Marriott.
- My whole-wheat rolls were a hit at the ward Christmas party.
- My sister got engaged.
- Alvin finished an oral history of his parents and gave a copy to all his siblings.
- My high-school friends (and their husbands and babies) came to town.
- We ate our traditional, simple Bethlehem supper on Christmas Eve.
- We played games with Alvin's brother and a neighbor after Miles went to bed.
- My parents drove from St. George and opened presents with us Christmas morning.
- Miles perfected his wide-eyed excited expression while opening his presents - he loved the candy and the shirt with Lightning McQueen.
- I ate pecan pie to my heart's content.
- Alvin went snowshoing with his dad.
- Alvin and I went snowshoing with my boss and his wife.
- We went to dinner with my sisters, parents, and uncle.
- Alvin arranged for a babysitter for Miles on New Year's Eve. Miles almost had his first sleepover ever at Grandma's house, but we ended up taking him home with us at 1:00 am.
- Almost daily, we watched Miles gorilla-jump off the couch.
December was a pretty fantastic finish to a good year.