Since moving away from home (with a few exceptions of going to Denver for Christmas), Christmas has been a much quieter affair. Not necessarily bad. Just different. Our traditions have changed. Our pre-holiday parties have become the anticipated events for me to take the place of big family celebrations. Christmas Eve and Day have become quiet family affairs with just the four of us or five of us. And those numbers are now dwindling with Tom not being able to join us the last two Christmases. Gift opening in Bill's family was Christmas Day so we have switched up the day that we open gifts according his family's tradition. With adult children, gift opening takes all of five minutes as there are fewer gifts to open. Not the hour or more that it used to take growing up, waiting for each person to open their many gifts under the tree.
So all and all a very nice holiday.