In the end, Charlie came a week before Christmas, but we still kept to our small plans. We had family over in the morning and spent a quiet afternoon of family and neighbor time followed by a festive dinner out at a Chinese restaurant. Do I dare say it might have been one of the best Christmases ever? Sometimes less is more and sometimes less is necessary for recharging. We enjoyed the ease of the day and the glorious 85 degree weather.
We try to keep the present overload to a minimum, so I was thrilled when somebody asked Palmer what he got for Christmas and he said, "so many things, like a million!" Sweet. For the win.