My brother from Michigan every year introduces us to a number of new table games. Many of them we have never heard of before. It might now almost be a part of our family tradition at Christmas time. Some of them he finds out about through being a part of a couple game clubs. I don't remember the name of the card game being played in this picture. But it can get rather active. See below.
When a certain card is played, everyone tries to be the first to grab and keep the wooden piece that stands in the center. [See first picture.] As one can see in this picture, it can get to be a free for all struggle.
My nieces and their parents are preparing to leave while others continue playing a card game.
My girlfriend is the wonderful person sitting towards the far left in this picture. Meeting her made this the best Christmas ever. [a big joyful grin]
The following pictures are from the big Christmas dinner held every year with relatives on my dad's side of the family.
Every year at this dinner, we have a piñatta filled with candy for the children. It is fun to watch the children trying to break the piñatta.