Brian returned the favor by putting up decorations:
More puppies joined the party (don't worry, they were soon mingling and mugging for attention):
With the gang all gathered, we opened our simple gifts. The slippers ended up fitting my brother perfectly:
The next morning, in Nebraska, another knitted gift was opened:
It was wonderful spending time with family. Now we're back home, and that's wonderful, too.
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