|Here at Outcrop Acres, the Christmas Holiday is packed with excitement. There's the annual ride around town to see the lights. There's the annual trip to one of the family's homes. There're dinners and present openings at the family's home, at our home, and at the grandparents' home. For fear of creating too much excitement on one page, additional pictures of this most eventful Christmas are located on separate pages. After browsing through this main page, please feel free to continue the holiday review:|
|Every annual Christmas Lights Tour ends here. This house requires a few more rods to be added to the nuclear pile. It has a few 10's of thousand lights lit every year, along with about the same number of cars passing by for the site. We're priveleged to live in the same part of the country.|
|We spent our Christmas Holiday with our family, who congregated in the Northeastern Outback where my sister-in-law and her husband have their weekend house. Our Christmas Journey culminated at their home on the top of a 2500 foot mountain with a very steep and straight driveway. 18" of snow (in contrast with 0" for Christmas 2001). It was a picture perfect Christmas, with snow starting on Christmas Eve and getting heavy during Christmas Day.|
|In the midst of the Christmas morning celebration. The tree on the left was about nine feet tall and of similar girth.|
|The three Christmas revelers - Clockwise from the middle is my brother-in-law, me, and my brother-in-law. My brother-in-law is holding the family secret liverwurst pate. Based on the requests for the recipe, it must have been yummy.|
|Here's the best present of
all - Junior in the personallized wrapping. She still has
some opening to do, both here in the mid-atlantic, snow
thickened region of the country and at her home, a bit
further south. This one loves the opening ritual.
The tradition at this local is the parallel pile method. In this distribution mode, all a recipient's gifts are placed in a pile next to them. Opening begins as soon as the first gift is placed. The more the gifts and the tighter the wrapping, the larger the pile can grow.
|The nephews or, as the
chicks say, "mack daddies" lamping. Not much
bling-bling, as they'd look gronk. These guys are tight -
their rents are golden and they've always got my back.
They look right too. Note the sly smiles, the not to wide
open eyes (too lunchy). One day, they'll be diesel like
me. When hungarian, they pull chocks and browse the
kitchen, but not before calling fives for their chairs.
They've napalmed some styles, like rage snow sledding. When they weren't biffing, they were crump. They used to throw some hands, but not any more. They too live in a middle atlantic state, but not the one with the snow. One can tell due to their gear - t-shirts and shorts and, yes, fierce limous. Usually, they don't bust a sag. They think I'm a stick. Thanks, I'm ghost.
|Meet the family (counter-clockwise from the guy in the checked flannel shirt with his back to us): Brother-in-law and co host, nephew #1, sister-in-law and co-host, nephew #2, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law. The latter two are the rents of the two nephews. So there are a few more, including my nieces and one of their spouses, and me, my beautiful wife, and my darling daughter. If you are really interested, please see the "More of the Family" page or the "Independence Day" page.|
For fear of creating too much excitement on one page, additional pictures of this most eventful Christmas are located on separate pages. After browsing through this main page, please feel free to continue the holiday review:
|Merry Christmas and a stressless, enjoyable Year of 2003!|