Our Christmas 2012

Christmas Eve 2012
Our Family Scrapbook
The night had finally arrived!
Dillon waited in the living room for
the family members to arrive for our 
traditional Christmas Eve dinner party.
I was as prepared as I ever could be given the new
stores and the workload with that~so this party would just
be for our family this year, with no extras like we sometimes invite.
 Justin arrived first bringing some handcrafted gifts
 inside handcrafted gift bags!
This kid is like a chip off the old maternal block I have to say!
 Colin and Justin shared a moment in the kitchen with their dad, Barry, before we all moved into the living room for some cocktails and banter.

 The dogs were running around~they add a lot to the party.
 Lots of picture snapping went on throughout the evening~
Its nice that we are able to celebrate with Barry
 during important family times as it means a lot to the boys~
it didn't happen overnight, but now he is always included. 
This was his third Christmas at our house!
Then it was dinner time~the table was simply set 
with a white cloth and
sprinkling of blue opaline with silver flatware and 
a big tray for a centerpiece.
It looked sooo pretty!  
You can see the first Chalk Paint project I ever did in the corner~
my little bonnet topped secretary.
The candles were lit~
My family! 
Lets eat! I made a homemade sauce and then a lasagna 
with a big fresh salad and garlic toast.  
Mimi made a delicious pecan pie for desert.
 After dinner we went back into the living room to exchange gifts...word had leaked out about the Santa PJs that everyone was going to receive and it seemed they wanted to get right into their PJs! So we opened those first and then everyone scurried off to put their new PJs on.
Justin cracked everybody up with his appearance in his skivvies~
Brandon and Colin~
Barry was taking a pic of everyone in their PJs too
 Ok they were all in position~
but it wasn't quite a Christmas Card photo yet..
"Hands in the pockets"...."Turn sideways everybody"....
suggestions were flying!
 Then hubby told me to get in the picture~
I didn't have the same PJs cuz the womens sizes 
were all sold out except in XXL.  Nice for draperies maybe...
Anyway, hubby then told them to pick me up!! 
 It was really silly and funny and fun!
We were having a blast in the PJs....I totally recommend this for
your family gathering next Christmas! It makes everyone feel like a kid
again and you can't help but laugh and smile.
Then a pic of mother and sons....we couldn't stop laughing.
And then a pic of the boys with their dad....
We unwrapped a few gifts~but the night was really
all about fun family times and I know we will look
back on this Christmas with fondness.
We went to bed waiting for Santa~
 Mr. Maison Decor had a private conference
 with Mr. Claus a few nights before
and it seemed everyones wishes were about to be filled!
Christmas day was spent in our PJs and slippers....
with plenty of fun memories from the night before 
and with all of our lovely and thoughful gifts unwrapped~
it was the best of Christmases.


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