Christmas Eve dawned grey and chilly, and we went downstairs to get a head start on celebrating Christmas itself with a leisurely, hours-long gift exchange (how can you tell none of us has kids?).
We started with the stockings, which I (on behalf of Santa) had filled with travel-related goodies.
|A sleeping mask and earplugs for during the flight, eye drops and altoids to freshen up at the end,|
and a water-proof smartphone case to facilitate excursions into nature.
|Ready for a nap!|
Then we divvied up the packages under the tree . . .
|I'm not a frequent user of mugs, but this one picks up on an|
inside joke regarding this parody
|Justin got a few great books from Amanda.|
|I gave Amanda a selfie-stick, in homage to the hordes of Chinese tourists we saw last summer.|
This was the inaugural selfie!
Once filled with quinoa and tofu, we left the warmth of the Christmas living room and went in search of Star Wars.
|Second selfie of the day!|
|Potatoes, raclette cheese, zucchini, squash, little smokies and, of course, cornichons.|
We waited up talking about all sorts of things until Justin had returned from Bainbridge. Then we turned in for the night, looking for our next official Christmas day.