That year my husband was in Afghanistan and Ellie and I were alone for the holidays. I was very excited when a lovely person was emailing and asking if she and her boyfriend could spend Christmas with us. YES! We really had a wonderful time. We got invited to TWO parties on Christmas Eve. They were both hosted by big Italian families and they were so welcoming to all of us (they were the families of friends). Needless to say, we ate like kings and had a VERY memorable Christmas. I don’t have a big Christmas family event so it was very special to be included in someone else’s.
Audrey and Adrien really took to my daughter and vice versa. I prepared them both Christmas stockings and a few inexpensive gifts to make them really feel welcome Christmas morning. What would have been a lonely and unexciting holiday turned into one of my most memorable ever!!