Here are some of my observations ...
The littlest ones are always the darlings. This year, my 2-year-old niece is the centre of attraction.
Next in line are the doggies. The littlest one, like Rusty, gets star treatment all day long.
The cute little cousins of before are now taller than I am. And their mums are no longer running after them. They're now running marathons!
The older aunts and uncles always look the same, year after year. Come to think of it, they say the same things too, year after year.
The law of attraction applies. When one comes, many will follow. When one leaves, all will leave... at the same time.
But it's all good. It's always a joy to see them again. They help to keep the traditions alive.