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Christmas 2004

The weather outside was frightful, but the fire is so delightful... No, we didn't have a fire this year but we still managed to have some great family gatherings and lots of fun. Christopher stayed with us during the Christmas break but Jennifer and Chris only managed a one day visit this year. Santa was especially good to all the girls this year and even left some good looking stuff for Clayton here at the house. We had a nice family gathering at Steven and Debbies house on Christmas Eve and dinner here at our house here on Christmas Day.

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Preparations for the big event the day before Christmas Eve
Click to enlarge Summer and Allison with the St. Louis Santa, and Charlie with the Columbia Santa trying to score points. One of these dudes has to be an assistant, an imposter, or both. It worked out OK though, because all of the kids scored big this Christmas.
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Summer and Allison arrive at Grandma's house early to bake Christmas cookies and hang out. They baked 4 different kinds.
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Christopher just got up and came down for a cup of coffee and a freshly baked cookie or two.
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Summer and Allison listen intently as they learn the art of making good Christmas cookies.
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If raw cookie dough is bad for you, these two should have had a major tummy ache.
Click to enlarge Out of the oven and onto the cooling pan. Some made it and some got eaten right away.
The next day - Christmas Eve at Steve and Debbies
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Carla, Cherie, Elsie and Tina having a little chat. Lots of people showed up and lots of food was eaten. We will diet next year!
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Leslie, Summer and Allison. Allison was a little shy at first around all those people, but with time and a major sugar intake, she soon warmed up to everybody.
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Some of the Henry clan. Ariel, Taryn, Matthew and Grandpa Kent.
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Our host Steven, with his daughter Amy and son Jeremy.
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Jim and Tina
Click to enlarge The host family, this time with the hostess with the mostest, Debbie.
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Arnie and Kent
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Cherie, Shirley and Christopher
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Summer, Allison and Ariel
The next day - Christmas Day at Grandma and Grandpa's
Click to enlarge Allison is very glad to have her cousin Charlie visit for the day. Charlie is very glad that Allison baked all those cookies days earlier. Allison doesn't mind sampling her own wares.
Click to enlarge The presents under Grandpas wondrous Christmas tree. Size does matter! It may have been only pint sized, but it served it's purpose.
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Jennifer and Leslie. Jenn is sporting a chicken wing remnant.
Click to enlarge Cherie making last minute preparations in the kitchen. There was a ton of food available to those that wanted it. The theme this year was Mexican food.
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Arnie, Chris and Jenn
Click to enlarge Cherie's sister Shirley is always included in the Perlow family festivities. She's the aunt that spoils all the nieces and nephews.
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The kids cutting up.
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Arno and his Bunnygirl.
Click to enlarge Allison lending Charlie a hand unwrapping a rather large present.
Click to enlarge One of Charlies presents. She put it to good use right away, kicking back and asking someone to turn on some cartoons. I'm not sure what Allison is doing, but it captured her attention.
Click to enlarge What the heck? Who was that kissing bandit in the majorly weird head gear?
Click to enlarge Shirley brought fleece jackets for everybody. This looks like a gathering for a winter olympic event. The pretty young lady front and center is Florie, a French exchange student staying with Jenn and Chris.
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Cherie and Leslie
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Jennifer and Chris
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Arnie and Leslie