These are the images that are always so much fun to take and to have in years to come.
Aunt Carol, friend Bill, our son, his wife, and their six children were here for Christmas Eve dinner and presents, of course!
Our daughter, Catherine, made and served a fantastic dinner, then it was (finally!) time for presents!
Sadly, our oldest son and family were not able to travel to Cincinnati this year. Perhaps next time.
As I took these pictures I mentioned how funny it seemed that everyone was squeezed into about one third of the living room because that is where the tree and the presents were!
Santa had some pretty good communication this year so everyone got what they wanted for Christmas. :) I asked Santa for knitting needles and I got them!
Even Penny and Erik received gifts.
They had been sniffing presents under the tree, but didn't touch until we gave them theirs. Of course, they already knew which ones were theirs. They are so cute when we tell them they can open their presents!
We all had a fabulous time!
Does anyone else chuckle when you think of how long it takes to wrap all of these presents compared to the few minutes it takes for them all to be opened? It is so worth it!
The Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati is literally right down the street (well, Parkway, actually) from where we live. We pass it when we go downtown and we go there to visit several times a year.
There is a beautiful Christmas Train Display this year. This is a cable car reminiscent of the old Cincinnati Incline. For Cincinnati readers who know about the Incline, I remember it from pictures my parents took. The Incline was long gone by the time I was born. ;)
There are familiar structures from around the world.
And, above is a wonderful train that slowly winds its way around the room.
Even Thomas the Tank Engine is here!
And, Thomas brought some friends.
This little cable car has the emblem of the Cincinnati parks on the side.
What a fun display!
I walked around several times and kept taking pictures from different angles.
Then I spotted a replica of the building in which I was standing almost hidden among the flowers.
I'm so glad we stopped in today and I hope you've enjoyed the images, too.