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Making Merry!

We had a wonderful Christmasy couple of days! Christmas Eve and Christmas are real family days and we get together both days. John and I hosted the Christmas Eve dinner, which is tradition anymore it seems. Even though I worked most of the day on the eve, preparing dinner went really easily, which was both luck and choosing easy to prepare dishes. Turns out everything needed to be at the same temperature in the oven – how is that for lucky?

Table:

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Great grandma’s dishes, like every year.

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Here is a gorgeous centerpiece made by a friend of my sister and BIL.  They live closer to us, so dropped off the centerpiece here and we could enjoy it for our dinner and then my sister and her family would have it after that.

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Family arriving!

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Snagged!

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Food on the side table for serving.  It just makes it so much easier to do it this way.

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Yum:

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After dinner was present opening by the fire.  :mrgreen:

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New house will have a real fireplace!

 

We played games after dinner, as per usual.

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Much laughter ensued. Then it was dessert and cake time.

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The Cake (aka Grampa’s cake).

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Love this cake so much!

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Christmas morning was nice and quiet.  John and I didn’t exchange too many gifts because we are moving next month and figured that would be less to move :D

John did put some nail polish in my stocking. I can’t believe he bought nail polish LOL!

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I had to try it out Christmas morning.

Then there were more games and music at my sister’s house.  They have a new Clumber Spaniel puppy – named Gryphon (aka Griffie).

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He’s cute, but quite energetic. Very hard to get him to hold still for a picture.

More games!

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And some music making:

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Another fun family gathering this year!  The new table survived as well. Inaugurated with crumbs and spills, but it came out unscathed!

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