Last week I received a large package in the mail from the talented Samantha in Wales. Samantha makes gorgeous bag patterns. You probably know her from her blog, 'At Home With Mrs. H.' If not, check it out. Thank you, Samantha!
This is the second year that Samantha has sent me a huge box of Christmas crackers! It was so much fun to receive the box, and to discover the Christmas crackers inside. Many of our family got together on the 17th and of course the Christmas crackers were pulled and hats worn. Photos below prove it.
Upper right of collage is my dear SIL who was expecting real crackers. I'm not going to say he was disappointed, but maybe next time I should slip some lefse in there.
Re-starting the Christmas music box,
given to me by my cousin Bobby.
Every kid loves that thing!
The soldiers march around the tower,
The doll spins,
The sailboat tips side to side.
Kitchen: Discussion and Games
Grandpa and Henry
Figuring out how to play Sequence Letters
Just the women folk
Granddaughter and her uncles
The Singing of Christmas Carols
One of my favorite things
Let sleeping babies lie.
Starting to get the hang of crawling
I was beckoned to the living room.
They told me there was something for me under the tree.
Look what I found!
Mesmerized by all the lights!
It's always so strange when there's a flurry of family activity for a few days, and then suddenly everyone leaves. Now all I hear are the sounds of the chimes on the porch, the dryer, and the dog snoring.
Will you have a lot of family in for Christmas? Is Christmas usually celebrated at your house, or do you go elsewhere to join family or friends? Or, like Hercule Poirot, do you enjoy a quiet evening with a box of special chocolates?
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