We were able to preserve pretty much all of the important traditions, including the nativity play (oh the silliness), the before-the-gift-opening portrait on the stairs, the ebelskiver breakfast, etc. It's been fun over the years to add new traditions, a favorite of which is lighting the "fireplace" (an awesome dvd of a fireplace that my pal Holly gave us a couple of years ago). Now it wouldn't be a proper Christmas morning without our "fire" crackling away merrily in the background. Ha ha.
I got lovely gifts from pals, fun and thoughtful gifts from my family, and was totally surprised by Eric's gift of a new laptop. He laundered the purchase through one of my son's checking accounts and I was totally clueless. It was completely unanticipated and much appreciated.
Most of all, I'm glad to be able to celebrate in such a grand and glorious way. I find myself grateful for all the parts of my life and especially grateful that I have so many wonderful people with whom I can share everything that happens.
Merry Christmas from all of us to all of you.