the day after christmas diana and i said our goodbyes to my family and drove down to see her family. we first went to her sister barbara's house, got her out of bed, then went to the allen christmas party. i dont know her extended family very well, but i sure do enjoy them! the party was at aunt nancy and uncle arnold's house, they had just finished their basement (literally, they just finished putting the flooring in that morning!) and everyone was having a great time. one of the fun things about that side of the family is the gifts they give: all the adults give white elephant gifts. all are put in the center, and each person grabs one and opens it- hilarity ensues! they certainly take their white elephant gifts seriously, each gift is more clever than the last. many laughs were had by all!