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A perfect day for family

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With schools, government offices, and most businesses closed on Christmas, it was a perfect day for families to spend some quality time together.

The movies were just one option many people exercised, but with perfectly pleasant weather for the most part, we found folks eager to get outside and play with all of their new toys.

Everyone gets a little stir crazy once all the gifts are opened and dinner is done.

"Les Miserables" seemed to top people's movie list this Christmas.

"Absolutely, yeah, I was going a little bit stir crazy, and I love this show, so I wanted to see it and it was fabulous from the beginning to the end," said Audra Rice.

"We've actually seen the show about four or five times, and it's different. It's interesting to see it all very close up," said her husband Michael Rice.

Cinebistro in Hyde Park was hopping. Going to the movies is many people's Christmas day tradition.

"We have in the past, but I think we're going to be doing it here at Cinebistro every Christmas," said Caysie Romano. "It was incredible."

"It was full, but no lines, no waiting, no jostling," said her mother Donna Carpenter. "Just go in and sit down. It's great."

"I kind of like doing this, yeah, in the middle of the week you know. You can't make plans to go elsewhere, so you do this, stay in town, do a little something special, then go home," said her husband, Winston Carpenter.

For many families, it was time to get outside and hit the pavement, like Francisco Itriago and family did, skate paddle boarding at Curtis Hixon Park.

"Oh yeah, it's a great day, perfect weather, so why not be outside and have fun?" said Francisco Itriago.

We saw Alex English taking laps around the grass, with Azzariah and Evelina Styles, who got new kites for Christmas.

"Yep, they're flying them high," laughed English.

"I have a Barbie, she has a Cinderella," said 6-year-old Azzariah Styles.

In the mist, we got a glimpse of Spiderman, 4-year-old Christopher Cardarelli, who hasn't taken his cape off since he unwrapped it Christmas morning.

"Are you going to be a crime fighter like Spiderman?," we asked him. "Yep!" he replied enthusiastically.

Don Jones was loving his new play toy.

"This is a model 1920's racer, a GBR3," said Jones of his ultra light, remote-controlled model airplane. "It's super light, yes it is."

"Good day to be flying," we said.

"It is, very quiet," said Jones. "Not a lot of wind."

Nearby at the ice rink you could tell folks were having loads of fun, despite lots of spills.

"Is this the closest you're going to get to snow this year?" we asked Trinity Morgan.

"Yes," she said. "Unfortunately, I'm from up north, so this is why we had to come to the ice skating rink."

The ice rink, by the way, is only open for about one more week. It closes Jan. 5.

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