Christmas Day 2019

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

CarolYesterday we held our traditional Christmas Eve Day Brunch where we celebrated with the family. Unfortunately, several of the younger generation did not get the day off so we were missing Amber & Dylan, A.J., Brittany, and Andy. Brent came later after he got off work, but didn’t get in any of the pictures. [Jim called me “Mrs. Claus” this morning because of my white hair and red shirt. LOL]

We opted for ham and scrambled eggs and tater tots this year instead of the traditional strata (which we may go back to as some were looking forward to it). The table was laden with fruit and veggie trays, cookie trays, Christmas breads, cobblers, and pies (we never even cut the pies).

20191225_144411Jeremy did a great job shopping at Dollar Tree and picking out gifts for everyone. He even signed the gift tags while Mom wrapped the items to put in the gift bags. Joe and Vanessa got everyone socks! Bombas socks, that is. It’s like saying we got gourmet socks and I am wearing mine right now. Picture is Jim with his Bombas socks.

Decorations were limited to part of our ceramic Christmas tree collection. However, I only took pictures of the people opening gifts, not the trees nor the brunch table.

Christmas Pictures

Joe & Vanessa & daughter Jessica; “Jessy” with her cat plate.

Joe opening after shave from Jeremy; Vanessa with her garden Ziggy;
and Deana with a firehouse for her Christmas village.

Deana opening perfume from Jeremy; Jesse & Tom with the dragon teapot.
Courtney and Killian in the foreground. We gave her the giraffe sunset plate.

Jimmy with a hand clapper toy from Jeremy; John with sparkling cider & a glass;
Jessica giving Jimmy a gift (and general chaos of the room);

Alice opening hand soap from Jeremy (she is like a sister to me).
Jim in the middle with a winter scarf from Jeremy;
his best friend John (nearly a brother, born a day apart).

Jim opening an organizer box from Jeremy; Jeremy with his Star Trek shirt
and with his Cleveland Indians shirt, gifts from his brothers.

Killian is our great-grandson, Jimmy’s & Deana’s grandson, Courtney & Brent’s son. He is 18 months old now and a ball of energy.
And he loves his new “K is for Killian” cup with the Hershey kisses inside.
Killian playing with his trucks; one was left at great -grandma’s house!

Despite missing a few of the family, we had a nice day, and sent them all off to the next phase of their family Christmas rounds. All had family parties Christmas Eve and more family to visit Christmas Day. It leaves Christmas Day anticlimatic for us but that’s ok.

Today is a day of rest and recuperation from all the preparations. I find that at my age I need a day off after every “eventful” day, just to recharge. So it’s work and play on the computer day, and maybe read another book on my tablet. Everything else can just wait until tomorrow, then it’s back to work!

Love and Good Wishes from Carol & Jim Warneke



About carolscarouselcreations

I am a retired math teacher. My jusband and I have been pouring, cleaning, firing, and painting ceramics since 1970 and have been teaching since 1972. We are both Duncan certified and members of IADCCT (International Association of Duncan Certified Caramic Teachers) and MVCT (Mahoning Valley Ceramic Teachers), a local chapter in North East Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. We have a home studio where we teach Technique Workshops and have Open Class time. We also have a party van which we take to local nursing homes. A new addition in 2020 is our online Facebook Live classes/demonstrations. We have two Etsy stores AfAfKidsNFriends for our African-American pieces and CarolsCarouselShoppe for our carousels. Find us on Facebook at CarolsCarouselCreations or send us an email to
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