And then here is the (almost) "after":
Everyone made out like bandits. Santa was very good to us this year. We had good company (including my big bro and Hubby's dad), good food if I do say so myself (ham, potatoes, veggies, rolls, cookies, brownies) and a good family movie tonight (Despicable Me 2).
We are all exhausted, but it's a cup runneth over kind of exhausted. Merry Christmas from my family to yours. I wish for everyone to have faith, hope and especially love. And for me to have good health in the new year!