i was scrolling through my camera last night and realized I never posted any pics from christmas, so before i share new year’s resolutions, i want share these pics.
i’m warning you there are a lot of pics but you might get bored or you might get a laugh or two…
if you don’t want to see family photos sign off..
still there? ok, here goes…
my mom was martha stewart, before martha stewart was martha stewart! christmas at our house has always been a cross between norman rockwell and christmas vacation. lots of beauty and lots of family all smashed into a day full of food, presents and crazy fun. i have three brothers and sister, who all have at least three children in their families. now the children’s children are having children of their own. this year there were 42 of us on Christmas Day for lunch at my parent’s house. in many ways it is a typical american family christmas in many ways it is not…
ok, back to Christmas…
everyone else is busy talking…
bountiful of food! basically every dish known to man and served during the holidays is here and beautifully displayed in the kitchen. (yes of course we were late and it’s half gone at this point, but there was still enough to stuff our bellies! )
the silver trees in the corner were my favorite of all her decorations this year. they looked so pretty with her granite! it looked like a snowy day in vail in that corner of her kitchen!
on the opposite side of the kitchen next to the fireplace were delicious salads and fruits.
of course there are always plenty of desserts, this was just
one of the tables filled with goodies…
mom always has fresh flowers all over the house like these camellias she grew in her yard.
(daddy was complaining because she kept the temperature in the house lower than normal the week before christmas so her flowers would be fresh on christmas morning but don’t tell her he told me that , it can be our little secret! shhhh!)
when you have a family as big as ours you set up tables all over the house! here is the music room with fresh flowers on the piano.
white roses with christmas greenery.
if mom had her way, we would be drinking out of
crystal but the dishwashers vetoed
another table in the sunroom with red roses, silver leaves, pine and whatever mom cuts out of her yard. she always drapes the tables with some type of fabric or runner and each place has a charger with a gift in the center. the china is on the buffet, so once you get your plate you can put it on the charger. with the chargers and gifts in place her table looks set without the china before the meal.
here is a view of the entire table. everyone typically sits after the meal and talks a little. (my sister in law, my sister & her hubby)
you can see how the room opens to the sunroom
Ok, sorry for the dark photo but this is the buffet.
one of the most fun traditions at my parent’s house is our gift of a new christopher radio ornament each year. mom uses these as part of her table decorations so each box is carefully wrapped by her. it’s so pretty to walk in the rooms with all the gifts at each place. there are no place cards so everyone sits where ever and receives whatever is in the box at that place.
here are the ornaments my family got this year…
mine was this precious little angel bell…
here are t and t, (our family version of darryl and darryl, remember them from the newhardt show?) just kidding they aren’t brothers just cousins with the same first name.
they were named for their grand dads!
See the smiles….
and of course there are always gag gifts…
“m” got a picture of her cousin’s husband as he posed as “mr walmart”. how could she not love this gift? she said she was going to hang it in her office! it was a hoot!
i highly suggest this as a future gag gift for someone you love. (haha!)
(of course it helps if you have a professional photographer as a sister in law to take the photos for you.)
my question about this photo shoot was, “what were the onlookers saying?” then i was reminded it was taken in front walmart so no one thought it was odd! i was told the onlookers were more
concerned about how fat the baby was…
even the little kids in the family knew this was funny!
hugs are abundant even if sometimes forced…
my two nieces below are first cousins who became sister-in-laws this year. i won’t even try to explain that one..
(actually they married brothers which brings new meaning to “keeping it all in the family”)
after a fun filled day, the little ones get so tired they resort to hiding in closets to get away from the noise and the hugs. lucky for “d” fur vest are “all the rage” in fashion so he snatched up one for snuggie time and found himself a closet..
some of the other children never get tired and become the floor show… wonder what “L” is trying to convince “am” to do???
looks like she is trying to make a deal for the bunny…
papa steals hugs and kisses from all the kids
granny still smiling after all the work..
built a track at the family farm. everyone went out to “porktona”
oops, it took a while to figure out that crashing into each other would result in your car needing a pit crew…
this went on for hours and hours…
the adults are exhausted but the kids are just getting started….
needless to say, christmas 2010 was a holiday to remember!
thanks for allowing me to share it with you!