We are a predictable bunch and our Christmas holiday was quite similar to previous years. Take a look back to last year and you'll see quite the repeat. Whether coming from the UK or our home in Indianapolis, we visit Kuk's family in Maryland and my family in North Carolina. The only difference is the jet lag and the extra shopping (we did our best to boost the US economy while we were home).
But first, we had a few school events before setting off:
Alex's school had a Christmas musical of sorts. Each of the four "houses" (just like in Harry Potter) performed a non-traditional song. Alex's group did "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer". They did a great job and won the competition in fact. Alex is a funeral goer (1st dark suit on the left). You can see poor grandma laid out on the table.
Begging Grandma not to go out
visit). Grand building but horrible sight lines.
and Alex with Nicoli
One tradition we have is to always get together with Kuk's longtime (grade school) friend Julie, her husband Roy and their daughter Ashley. I managed to leave without taking any pictures again. Sorry guys. We had a great visit and some great food as usual. It's an annual treat for us.
Another tradition is ice skating on Christmas Eve. Typically we go to the Sculpture Garden but we tried a newer place in Georgetown. Though not as scenic, the facilities were nicer. Nicole with her cousins Shay and Cass.
Alex in action
Cass, Aunt Mi Jung and Nicole starting a train chain
Aunt Kuk Ja, Nicole and Shay
Kuk and Mi Jung
Shay, Mi Jung and Uncle Ted sneaking up
one last shot of most of the girls
nice one of Shay and Nicole
10 year old Shay explaining things to Kuk
Our non-typical but traditional for us Christmas spread: Sushi!
Soccer nut and goalkeeper Brett liked his England Joe Hart shirt.
my sister, aunt and mother (not my photo, but it certainly fits!)
Another tradition is hooking up with my junior high / senior high / college buddy John and his family while we are in town.
John and other long time friend Ray and me
my kids with Graydon
and all 4 -- most of the pictures were a little blurry as the Tots aren't known for staying still!
the two cuties
Nicole and Graydon
Margot was perched high on a stool and pretending to be "Re-Pencil" (with her long hair)
family shot -- sorry for the closed eyes Lori. It was that or a moving Graydon.
Our trip home was low on sites but high on friends, family, food and fun. That suits us just fine. It was great to see everyone.
Finally, a quick mention for my last Jamie Oliver 15-minute meal of 2012.
this one was called Asian Fish and has both white fish and salmon
Note for those in the US, that might be interested, you can purchase the book though it is a little pricey. Here's the link. (Here's the UK version for those on this side).
Thanks for reading everyone. Happy New Year.