This year, it's just the two of us. Collin is happy with his gifts, I think. I got him (in addition to the Amazon Dot Echo, which I gave him early; he did the same with mine), a one-year subscription for his Xbox One gaming and a virtual reality viewer, which he spent the morning with, checking out some amazing places around the world. (I got the app on my phone, but I prefer to not use a headset). He got me a Bluetooth headset for dictation and an Amazon gift card--I've already purchased some movies and music with it.
For dinner, we had ham with pineapple, potatoes, stuffing with gravy and corn. We were supposed to have apple dumplings with vanilla ice cream, but the dumplings were ruined. I was going to make vanilla sauce for them, but Collin likes them better with ice cream. My sauce must really suck. Dessert, it turned out, was just ice cream. Oh, well.
Saturday night, we watched Pope Francis deliver his Christmas Mass from St. Peter's Basilica. We're not Catholic, but the Pope could make us convert!
And we watched movies--including A Christmas Carol (the 1938 version, which I've watched every year since the mid-1960s), The Nativity Story, Miracle on 34th Street (1947), and a couple of TV episodes. I love the Home Improvement Christmas episode in which Tim and Al get stranded by a snowstorm on Christmas Eve. Just when they think they won't get home because the plane can't land, his kids turn on his elaborate light display, which provides enough light for the plane to find its way to the landing strip (and probably accounts for half of Detroit's power usage for that night). And even though it's technically a Thanksgiving story, we watched the WKRP in Cincinnati episode, "Turkeys Away."
The best Christmas gift I got this year, however, was having Collin home all day. In years past, he's always had to work every holiday, including Christmas, but thanks to his new job, he got off early on Saturday and had Sunday off.