In the words of my 4-year-old nephew, Tommy, Christmas 2008 will go down in the books as, "The Best Christmas Ever." Even though it's probably the only Christmas he remembers so far, it certainly was a grand day because it meant his daddy is home for good, "so he's ours again!" As much as I love celebrating Christmas every year, I have to admit Tommy was onto something this year. It was so good in so many ways. Not only was Matt home, but Dan's sister was here for the first time in several years, since her move to California. And, did I mention that Joe is home, too? Oh, I guess I did -- at least a few times. On Christmas Day, nearly the whole fam-damily was gathered at our house, under one roof. Life is good!
Without further ado, here's my list for The Best of Christmas 2008.
Best Day -- The troops arrive home.
Best Brother/Sister Duo in a Comedy -- Dan and Carol.
Best Brother Act -- Joe and Luke
Best Christmas Dinner -- As the kids get older, we get lots of help in the kitchen. Everyone took a dish, and made it their own, from Dad's green bean casserole to Em's honey glazed carrots to the lovely relish dish assembled by Chef Luc.
Best Present -- the electronic dart game that Santa brought for the family. We've been having dart tournaments every night. The only thing missing is the bar and the peanut shells on the floor.
Best Christmas music -- The C Family Singers, caroling together again for the first time since 1998.
Best Special Effects -- the soft glow of the Nativity candles and the Christmas tree every night.
Best News Yet -- only 361 days and we get to do it all over again!