Since we have one of those blended families, we try to have an evening where we celebrate Christmas just as a family. We have dinner together and open our gifts to each other that night. This year we ate pizza and had such a fun time. Ellie got her zhu zhu pets (no dogs however) and a palace for them to play in and lots of other toys. Anna got some clothes, makeup and a DS game. Austin got lots of food gifts (and I do mean lots–but he loved it!) and a remote control helicopter. Brandon got some books, a digital picture frame and treats too. Jeff got a shirt, journal, treats and a restaurant gift certificate (he better take me out). And I got a new Forman grill, ornaments from Ellie and a scarf and hat that Anna knit.

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