Happy New Year! Did you have a good Christmas? Ours was a really sweet time of getting together with many of our loved ones. One of the things about having lots of grown kids is that it gets harder and harder to get everyone gathered together. I now fully understand why when my mom has ALL her kids together for holiday she has such a joyful glow. We didn’t see everyone, but maybe next time.
Our home turned out to work absolutely beautifully for a big crowd. I was able to set up tables for 40 on Christmas Eve, in just the dining room and kitchen, leaving the whole living room wide open for lots of seating.
Christmas Eve morning we had our kids and grandkids over, along with their spouses and significant others. The grandkids are definitely the easiest to shop for, and it is fun to see the little ones enjoying their goodies.
Christmas Eve evening was the party for my family — that’s when the tables for 40 came into play.
Our relatives brought so much of the feast that the hosting was almost easy. We set up tables, made sure there were drinks and tables settings, and suppplied one dessert. Then the rest of the family literally did everything, including my mom’s legendary clam chowder served in bread bowls. Yum!
The sweet turquoise chairs are going over to the beach house in February, and turned out to have a bonus– they fit two adults, as long as the adults like each other OK :). And we pulled extra seating from other places in the house as well, making it really a great place for a lot of people to hang out.
Along with doing the My Favorite Things exchange (boy, the loot was good this year!!–) my sister also planned some fun ‘minute to win it’ kind of games that were a really fun addition to the celebration. Watching the fun was just about as much fun as participating.
Christmas Day there was more partying, this time with John’s side of the family. Good fun was had by all, with a cousin picture tossed in there for good measure.
All in all, it felt like a great success, and I honestly loved having everyone there to visit. We are blessed.
This week we are going to try to get over to the beach house, if we can make it out through the current snowstorm in the Treasure Valley– eek! And then in February we will probably be able to start moving things into the house, as our contractor is hoping to have it done by the middle of the month. Exciting times! Hope your Christmas was good also. What do you have going in the new year?