We started with dinner at Inn Kensington. Did Gracie order wine? Her clothes were given to her by the Staffords.
Dinner was followed by a visit to the Patterson Homestead
to open one "surprise" present.
(The only surprise was the color of the pajamas.) Note the popularity of those pajamas on Christmas day.
A few snapshots from that evening:
Here are how things looked before we opened the curtain:
Linda made cardboard "gingerbread" house for Andrew, including indoor decorations. Andrew ran straight for it, and it was a big hit. He even invited others inside. It was similar to a cardboard house that she made for Mike when he was Andrew's age.
Then we started opening presents. To our surprise, Andrew cooperated fairly well, giving presents to people and then helping them open them, rather than vice versa. For some reason we can't understand, three times he picked a present on his own and give them to the right person without being coached. I don't recall him picking the wrong one. He also spent a lot of time helping himself to chocolate pretzels. A few of the pictures show chocolate smudges on Andrew and, alas, on the camera lens.
A few highlights: