This year instead of getting each other a lot of gifts we decided to rent a home (Red Elk Lodge) in Branson, Mo. My family is from Omaha and I am from Iowa City so it was about a 7 hour trip for all of us. We had a great time playing games, relaxing, gaming, visiting, eating, goint into town, cooking, and just hanging out. There was timber to explore, a fire pit for marshmallows at night and a huge wrap around deck where we drank coffee, read books, listened to music, watched bald eagles, and just enjoyed the peace and quiet. Really it was one of the most relaxing Christmas vacations ever. No places to be, no need to know what time it was. Best of all there was Wi-fi so we could play on our computers and Ipads! Here are a few shots from out time. We all headed home on Christmas Day and my parents headed to Texas where they live in the Winter. I would highly reccommend this place! Now it's back to reality!