Kellen and Anita found a nice tree for us, and I bought some cheap, dog-safe ornaments to put on it. The first day the tree was up I saw Fergus trotting straight to his crate. He only does this when he has something he shouldn't. I went to see what he had and, sure enough, he had nabbed one of the ornaments off the tree. I was a little bit surprised he had been able to get it since I had hung all the ornaments quite high on the tree. When I went into the living room to hang it back up the mystery was solved. He must have jumped up and grabbed it, pulling the tree over as he tugged it off.
It was hard not having Rebekah with us in person for Christmas, but we did spend some time with her via Skype. She had sent over a box filled with goodies, and she got to watch each person open up their gift. She had already opened the gifts we had sent to her. I was happy to see the Woolly Wormhead hat I knit for her fit!
Of course, it wouldn't be an authentic Hammond Christmas without at least one thing going wrong. The first thing that didn't go according to plan was the turkey. It was truly the most dried out, tasteless bird I have ever eaten. Road kill left to bake on the highway in the hot summer sun would been better than what I served my poor family. And this was a turkey that cost so much that when the cashier rang it up the man in line behind me actually gasped.
The turkey was the lead up to the Big Disaster, which happened on Boxing Day morning. Well, actually it happened on Christmas night, but David neglected to mention it to anyone.
The hot water tank broke. The only good thing I can say about this is at least it happened the day Karsten, Diana and Anton were going home rather than the day they arrived. The cost of the new hot water tank certainly put the cost of that turkey into perspective.
|Top left to right: Rebekah modelling her new hat and her texting gloves; the Skype gift opening with Rebekah;|
I had to beg for everyone to pose for this picture in front of the tree!; Fergus giving David a Christmas hug
In spite of the bad bird on Christmas and the cold water on Boxing Day we had a wonderful time together. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends!