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Well, it happened…  my annual bout of holiday illness.  I always come down with something at this time of year.  The timing may differ from year to year, as do the symptoms, but it has officially hit.  So, while I’m in bed today, trying to get through the worst of it so I’m not quite as much of a mess at our family’s Christmas eve party, I thought I’d share a few pictures from our Yuletide celebrations.  Okay, so they’re all of us opening presents, but I couldn’t resist sharing!  🙂

Lily-Ann, after two years of begging, finally got her first Monster High doll.

Lily-Ann, after two years of begging, finally got her first Monster High doll.

Bliss over the MLP wedding castle.

Bliss over the MLP wedding castle.

Tony making off with Ghoulia.

Tony making off with Ghoulia.

They had a hit with the "babycakes" last year...

They had a hit with the “babycakes” last year…

...and now that's all they buy.

…and now that’s all they buy.  Gotta love it/them!

Lily-Ann, full of pride over the results of her hard work.  Days of cutting, and embroidery went into the scarf she made for her Dad.

Lily-Ann, full of pride over the results of her hard work. Days of cutting, and embroidery went into the scarf she made for her Dad.

Awwww...  big hugs for Daddy.

Awwww… big hugs for Daddy.

 

BTW, anyone know how to create a slideshow since WordPress updated?  There have been a couple of times now where I’d have preferred to use one.

Good Brown Gravy – Christmas Traditions

Hope everyone had a great holiday.  We always have a ton of fun, with loads of family.  I love it.

On Christmas eve it’s my parents annual “family and friends” party.  Lots of old friends, some that you haven’t seen forever, lots of family, and mountains of food.  Everyone brings something, and this year I brought home made eggnog (posted the recipe a few days ago on the blog, so if you back track you’ll  find it).  It was sooo good.  Everyone wanted to know what was in it, and everyone had seconds, thirds, and fourths.  LMAO  We played a couple dance games, as well as lots of rockband on the Wii.  It was a ton of fun.

Christmas day it was a bit of organized chaos as my parents, siblings, husband, girlie, and dogs (my parents dogs, my sisters dog, and one of ours too) all huddled beneath the tree for presents.  We ate left overs from the party, had a scrumptious salad, and just hung out all day watching movies and enjoying one anothers company.

Yesterday, boxing day, is when our extended family celebrates together.  Aunts, Uncles, cousins, grandparents, great grandparents… anyone who lives anywhere near the city… everyone meets at my parents place.  We eat a big turkey dinner, followed by mounds and mounds of pies, cakes, squares, chocolates, a gingerbread house, and more.  We play games, we visit, and we do a white elephant gift exchange game.

I absolutely love this time of year.  I adore family gatherings, and for our family, Christmas means three of them all in a row.  It fills my heart in many many ways.

Today we stopped by my parents (as if they weren’t sick of us already, having had us over the last three days in a row)…  LOL  We heated up the gravy and a bunch of the left overs, and enjoyed one last day of feasting together.  It was a real nice treat.

So… to everyone who couldn’t be there with us, we missed you.  And to all of our friends and family, we love you.  Thank you for being part of such special memories.  They are something that I will always treasure, and now, I know they are something that my daughter will also grow to love and treasure.

Merry Christmas!

heating up the turkey gravy

Mmmm.... good brown gravy.

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick upload…  I’m sure I’ll have lots of photos to share in the coming days, but whether I’ll get online to upload one a day or not is a big question.  So here’s one from tonight.  At the annual family and friends Christmas Eve party.  Thank you Jamie for snapping this one for me.  It means a lot.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Wee Girlie and I.

 

Hope you all have a safe and happy weekend surrounded by your loved ones.  Make merry and a happy ho ho ho to each and every one of you.

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