Time to wrap up Christmas -- or at least the first few of celebrations!
I've been off the grid for about a week and will be catching up with you soon. This is the reason why! Triple celebrations!
Our first was with the kids. That started the Friday before and wrapped on Christmas Eve morning.
Of course there was lots of playing but one of the best things was getting the first Christmas tree for the Baby Grands and their parents!
This was Little Big Guy's first tree. I'm not sure he "got" the tree lot nearly so much as he got into the cookies they had inside.
And the pretty decorations, too!
Then it was home to set it up and decorate!
Which, I must add, he thought was pretty cool. (Most all the decorations stayed on the tree too, except for the occasional removal of a little bi-plane that he really liked!)
We had a lovely "Christmas Eve" dinner...
Chef's assistant helped with the salad!
Of course, everyone had Christmas crackers and crowns.
No one was omitted from the festivities (but all choking hazards were quickly removed!)
Then, the annual decorating of Christmas cookies!
And soon it was bedtime. Or, Rockin' around the Christmas Tree.
And snuggling with Grandpa.
The next morning was "Christmas!" There was much opening of presents and lots of happy faces, but the one having the most fun was the Little Big Guy.
But the Little Little Guy seemed to be having a little awe and wonder, too!
The children were nestled all snug in their beds. So were the adults! More festivities await!
The next day, we had breakfast with Greg, who is leaving soon for a new life in L.A.
Then home to "real" Christmas Eve dinner at Rick's. Steaks on the grill, a great dinner and holiday light looking, too!
I loved Rick's tree this year. The easiest we ever found!
Christmas Day brought dinner at my house. When I got back from Rick's I realized that Lizzie-the-Cat, whom I didn't think could even jump as high as the counter, apparently found her Christmas gift and figured she wasn't going to wait for me to get home to open it!
I got the table all set for our guests. Check out the wonderful tablecloth! I was wanting a vintage Christmas tablecloth and contacted every blogger's favorite antique dealer, Rita of Panopoly.
She came up with this beauty (and another -- next year!) and I love it! It looked perfect with mom's silver, crystal and Christmas Spode!
I love the detail on the edges. Thanks, Rita!
Our guests arrived for Christmas dinner. A little prosecco started the evening, then more Christmas crackers, shrimp and grits, kale salad and a peppermint stick ice cream pie inspired by Jenna's recipe right HERE. (I skipped the cool whip and used more crushed oreos on the top. It was YUM!)
There were more celebrations to come -- a visit from my friend Jerry from Paris and gatherings yet to be this season. But I leave you with a photo of my second-oldest Christmas decoration, a vintage nativity. In the first photo we have of this, I was about three.
And, with my favorite photo of the season.
Let the festivities continue and the memories remain.
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