Sunday, December 29, 2013

A family first


Our extended family

On December 27 Husband Walter and his siblings gathered with spouses, grown children and their family or friends. Our first Christmas get-together since the death of our matriarch Grandma Sugar stayed true to her love of the Christmas season.

In 2013, well before her final hospitalization in August, she shopped. So Grandma Sugar had gifts under the tree for us all. I think some sisters-in-law served as Santa’s elves to sort and prepare gifts for the celebration.

And Grandma Sugar would have been proud of her grandchildren. They have stepped up to organize, host and contribute to keeping the family tradition. It was a poignant time, full of love.

And brother-in-law Randy did a great job of capturing the spirit of the evening in the group photograph.  

11 comments:

gigihawaii said...

How nice to celebrate Christmas with family. It means a lot to me, too. Aloha from Hawaii!

Ginny said...

It is so hard to take pictures like this, with so many people. It usually turns out that one person is frowning, or blinking, or moving. But this one is excellent, everyone looks great!

Arkansas Patti said...

What an enormous and delightful family you have.
How tender and emotional it must have been to have received those gifts from the dear one no longer with you.
Hope 2014 holds all you wish for.

Sandra said...

this one gets the award "fantastic foto" he did a great job of fitting all those people in one shot.. glad you all got together... happy new year.

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

I have just read several of your Christmas time posts and am happy that your family big , small and from all around has a great family spirit:)
Happy New Tear to you now:)

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Wow, how do you kweep up with them What a large gathering you had. Happy New Year. Dianne

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Wow, how do you kweep up with them What a large gathering you had. Happy New Year. Dianne

photowannabe said...

How touching and poignant.
Beautiful family all gathered together. I know it was a very special time for all of you.
Blessings on all of you and a special Happy New Year too.

Mage said...

Just lovely stuff. Happy new year to all of you.

Freda said...

What a wonderful grouping - I make it 29 in total. The sheer joy of being together is something special. Blessings from Dalamory.

edshunnybunny said...

What a special Christmas! Grandma Sugar was 'on the ball' with her Christmas shopping :) We should all be so organized...