A Southern Christmas

We spent this Christmas with Emily’s extended family down in Roswell, Georgia. Emily went down a couple days before me to spend some extra time with Britt and Meghan, two of her close childhood friends. I drove down, stopping in Durham to see my friend, Cliff, and his fiancée, Paola.

By Christmas Eve, everyone was together. We went to Mass in the afternoon with the Van Stones, and then went over to the Conboys’ house for their annual Christmas Eve open house. It was fun to meet the parents of Emily’s friends, especially after hearing so many stories. After leaving the party, the six of us drove around Atlanta looking at Christmas decorations. One house was especially impressive: the owner had designed a light show that was in sync with a radio station being broadcast from their house. Very impressive! We all went to bed early to allow “Santa Claus” to visit.

Fortunately for us, Santa had come a bit early to our hotel room. When we got there, a fireplace with cookies, carrots for the reindeer, and stockings were set up. As it turns out, Jen had hand-stitched stockings for the family a few years ago. Maggie made Jon and me stockings that matched.

We all started moving a bit slowly on Christmas.  By 9:30 we were all up and gathered in Bob and Maggie’s room, where Maggie had made an overnight coffee bread – a Conger Christmas morning tradition. We opened our stockings and a few presents, and we sat around enjoying each other’s company. In the early afternoon, we headed over to John and Penny’s house to see everyone else. The kids were – of course – quite excited. We got to see them play with a few more gifts, including a very impressive display of Michael’s strength in opening one of his adventure gifts. We had a DELICIOUS feast, prepared entirely by Penny, and complete with the family sweet potato soufflé, cheese grits, stuffing, and many other delicious dishes. After dinner, we spent the evening playing games and talking. It was a great day – one we won’t forget soon. Thanks for the fun memories!

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~ by Rob Page III on January 7, 2010.

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