While the picture is a little fuzzy, this is us eating Chinese food from Lilac Blossom by the light of our gumdrop candles. The Cole tradition is to order out Chinese every Christmas eve.
Another shot of the Christmas Eve meal
A couple people are smiling after the meal
Outside the Cole home on Christmas Eve night
I don't think I had seen so many gifts under a Christmas tree in my entire life! With eight kids, a son-in-law and a daughter in law home for Christmas, the gifts start to pile up.
Another fuzzy picture, but it gives you a sense of the mountain of presents under the tree.
We are looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on our first Christmas morning as newlyweds!
Tracey helpfully sorted the gifts.
Everybody's stockings by the fireplace! Lindsay's is the one with the large snowflakes on it...
...and this is mine!
The Coles traditionally have a big breakfast on Christmas morning. These are cinnamon rolls with green-colored icing organized in the form of a Christmas tree. With a star on top to boot!
Looking over some of our gifts!
Lindsay and I felt truly grateful for the generosity and love of Lindsay's parents, Ryan and Haley, my parents, my brother Mike, my sister Lindsay, and of course, each other for all the wonderful gifts we received!
The day after Christmas a big blizzard blew into New England, dropping about a foot of snow at the Cole home. This is Ryan and I on the shoveling crew after the snow stopped.
This pathway gives you a sense of how deep the snow was. The snow was just a tad late for Christmas but it was fun being in a wintry wonderland in the woods of New Hampshire.