Not only had I not seen my grandmother in a long time, it had been as long or longer since I'd seen my cousins, aunts, and uncles. When we were kids, and up until a few years after we started having children, we got together every Christmas, usually Christmas Eve. I remember Grandma used to give all her kids and their spouses the same or similar gifts, and the grandchildren would also get similar gifts to each other.
The cousins enjoyed trying to catch up today. We were the pall bearers. Most of us rode in the hearse. It was actually quite pleasant.
I was pleased when we got the mail, and there was an invitation from one of the cousins for a Christmas gathering the middle of the month.