Our Christmas was absolutely fabulous. I love the fact that we still have so many little believers around. Christmas is always so special with children.
We celebrate with a large gathering at our home on Christmas Eve. Rather than trying to organize a dinner with excited children, we have resorted to lots of hearty appetizers. Everyone brings a couple and the food is left for snacking on throughout the evening. It works out well and not one seems to leave hungry.
|It seems like the kitchen is always a great gathering place.|
|SIL, niece and my two sisters.|
|My mom and one of my DILs.|
Opening presents always starts off VERY ORGANIZED!!! One person opens a gift, starting with the youngest, and then moves on to the next. After about six or seven gifts are opened it invariably turns into happy chaos. As they say, “best laid plans”. We follow gifts with dessert and the singing of “Happy Birthday” to our Christmas grandson. There is nothing like celebrating your birthday with ALL of your cousins. The party breaks up shortly afterwards as there is still assembly of Santa gifts at other homes. Those late nights of doing that are NOT missed!!!
|Patiently waiting for gift opening.|
|Everyone finding their seats for the best vantage point.|
|I made the gift cards a little more difficult to get to this year.|
|Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!|
Christmas Day started off with Church and then several of the kids came back for a Christmas morning brunch at the house. The little ones got to play for a few hours before our son and his family headed on home after the fun days spent with us.
|A Christmas/birthday hug.|
|We did not want to let this dolly get away from us.|
|Our first rollover - on Christmas Day, no less.|
There wasn’t a lot of sewing that went on over Christmas as the studio is used as a nursery. I am always excited to get back into sewing again and there are endless new inspirations as the new year starts. I need to catch up on my blocks for my Thread Head Quilt Along before I get too far behind. I will share those in my next post. I did finish up a candle mat that I made for the gal who helps my mom.
|I loved the fabrics on this one.|
As well, Micki sent me a delightful quilting magazine from Ireland. This was the second one that she sent as the first one was lost somewhere in the mail system. Thank you, Micki, I have really enjoyed some quiet time looking through it.
Speaking of giveaways, be sure to check out Linda's wonderful Giveaway to celebrate her 300 followers and the bringing in of 2011. Linda is a delightful and prolific blogger and I am sure you will find lots of inspiration on her blog.
It’s hard to imagine that 2010 is coming to a close. It seems like only yesterday we were concerned about a new millennium and here we are already almost eleven years into it. Time really does fly. Our new years will be a quiet dinner with my mom, sister, BIL and our daughter and her children. Her husband has to work on New Year's Eve.