Finally we decided to change plans and have our gift exchange BEFORE dinner which suited everyone just fine! We read the Christmas story, sang Away in a Manger, and then watched each other open their stockings and gifts. There are NO photographic records of this exchange.
Dinner was finally ready and enjoyed in the semi-warm garage where there was room for all. Later the children watched a Winnie the Pooh Christmas DVD and had a hot chocolate and cookie party by candlelight. Again, no photographic records of this event.
Maybe today I can try to get everyone to sit still long enough to get at least ONE photographic record of our time here before we all head over to Ohio for a couple of days with the extended family! Lesson learned: Candid shots involving 7 children and a cell phone camera are NOT easy to come by!