I love this photo of my son in law Jake and oldest granddaughter Hannah!!!
Here is my brother Mark preparing to slice it up for dinner.
My Uncle Joe, Nana's older brother, who just celebrated his 101st birthday in November, Nana and Mom.
We exchanged gifts, but there was so much paper flying and confusion, that I didn't even try to take pictures. But I want to show you what my Mom got for us. You may not be familiar with STICKS furniture and artwork, but there is a place in Laguna Beach that carries it, and it is beautiful wood pieces, that are carved and painted with whimsical designs, and inspirational sayings. My neighbor next door even has a custom made table and chairs in her home that was special ordered and made in Iowa where their main building is. It is beautiful, and I have never seen a piece that I didn't love. My Mom has had a Lazy Susan that I have admired for years. She got each of us a different piece for Christmas. Ours is a Lazy Susan.
As we were leaving my Mom's house, she ran back into the house and said, I have one more little thing for you, and she handed me this.
It was such a lovely Christmas. From our festivites leading up to Christmas the week before. Parties we attended, and our night at the Festival Of Lights at The Mission Inn with our kids, and grandkids. Visits from good friends, and holiday cooking......a visit with old friends from the park, to Christmas day with all of my loved ones. It was a really, special Christmas. Filled with all of the things Christmas is supposed to be.
One last fun thing to show you. My son's girlfriend Diana brought this to us Christmas night. It is a bottle of sparkling cider with a darling bow on top. Her Mom is making these and started a business of selling them. She is in the process of getting them into some shops and has even applied to the show on tv called Sharks, to get some financial backing. I think the idea is terrific. She calls them Bottle Toppers.
I just love this idea! So fun and festive. Can't you see this on a hostess gift with a bottle of wine, or champagne for New Years!! She has a website, and sells them for I believe 5 dollars each.
My house is happily littered with the aftermath of a wonderful Christmas. Today I will do some organizing, and packing away of the holiday decor. Leaving only the outside lights until after New Years. My husband has taken all of next off and we are so excited to go see some movies, and use some of the wonderful gift cards we received as gifts to restaurants we love. Probably will be heading up to the mountains to spend a couple of days after New Years. Hoping for lots of snow!!!
Thank you for sharing my family Christmas with me. It is my sincere hope, that you each had a wonderful Christmas as well. And from my house to yours.......may 2013 be a year of happiness, health and peace.