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Sunday, December 30, 2012

December 29th (yesterday, day 198) was my extended families Christmas. This involves (to give you some perspective) 7 sets of aunts and uncles, both grandparents, 28 cousins, and somethings like 14 second cousins (this is where my knowledge gets fuzzy), plus a few family friends, boyfriends and husbands thrown in for good measure.



These are just two little snapshots from my family's Christmas brunch. It is impossible to explain what our Christmases are like, but suffice it to say it involves a LOT of noise: people talking all at once, presents being opening at once, Aunts tearing up, (and Grandpa tearing up too), Family gifts (which are gifts from one family to every other family), babies and kids running around, and this year involved a family trivia game in which people wrote questions down over the course of brunch and after all the presents were opened we went through them. This involved MUCH talking at once, but also lots of funny stories. 

I sometimes find it hard to believe that I'm actually apart of this family. It seems so strange but there I am: one little piece that falls into place when I'm around them. This year was good for no reason in particular. Maybe it's just growing up. (All of my younger cousins are getting older, and it makes me remember being 13 and having the cousins older than me seem so mysterious and grown up.) It is nice to have a place here (even if it's just a little place) and I always forget that I do. 



1 comment :

  1. Your family, your description of your gatherings...makes me nostalgic. My family has gone from gatherings of stepfamilies and all the people that brought, to just me and my mom (and sometimes my brother and Dave). I miss the noise and the chaos.

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