Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve Celebration

by Meghann on December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas from my family to yours :)

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From Left to Right: Josh (Twin Bro), Abbie, Me, Cathy (Mommy), Ben (Little Bro), Scooby, Kelly (Little Sis), John (Daddy)

It has been a crazy night in my parents house! I caught up with family and friends, ate a ton, and got some fun new goodies in the process. It officially feels like Christmas :)

Before everyone came over I had one of m parent’s Harry & David Pears. It was soooo juicy. My Grandma sends a batch to my parents every year and they saved one for me.

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Around 5:00 the pig was done and people were starting to arrive for the festivities.

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I enjoyed a Full Moon while outside watching the pig with the family.

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It was actually quite an event to get the pig off the roaster, when they started carving there was a whole crowd willing to help and pick at the cuttings. Granted it was mostly men outside, most of my other cousins preferred not to see the head of their meal.

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We had two tables over flowing with food inside. I took these pictures on the early side of the night so this is just a sneak of what we actually had in the end.

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I loaded up on a sampling of appetizers. Putting the items on the plate prevented me from standing around just randmonly picking at all of the good eats.

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I had a mini quiche, pig in a blanket and a bacon wrapped chicken.

My house got very, very crowded through the course of the evening, it got hard to walk around as people were jammed pack talking mainly in the kitchen while the food was being prepared. The bar was another popular spot (I can’t imagine why ;) )

When it was time to eat we all gathered around and headed for the buffet. I showed you the tables set up in my earlier post, here’s what they look like filled out.

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There are 56 chairs there and nearly all of them were filled. I am truly luck to be part of such a large close knit family!

I tried not to go overboard on my dinner plate, but there was so many yummy choices I had to grab a little bit of everything. Its amazing how those little tastings of everything add up after a while.

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All I can say is I’m glad I ran those 11 miles this morning because I pretty much cleaned my plate off, everything was very good.

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I have to say my favorite was the peppermint fudge my uncle made! Though I was stuffed to the gills I had to go back for a second piece.

Since my family is so large, we do a yankee gift exchange that always results in a good time. I did have a Victoria Secret Gift card, but was traded with some Bath & Body Works goodies.

THe best part of the evening is actually watching the little kids open presents. They are so cute as they jump up and down, wanting to play with all of their new toys immediately.

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After presents everyone filed out pretty quickly and the clean up began. The evening was undoubtedly another wonderful family success. :)

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We have a tradition each year that my Mom gives my Sister and I pajamas to wear to open Christmas presents in on Saturday morning.

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Aren’t we cute in ours?

Even though its way to hot to be practical in wearing the pjs I still have them on as I blog and prepare for bed. I can’t wait to see what Santa brings me in the morning! I promise I’ve been a good girl ;)

Good night Everyone! Have a Very Merry Christmas!!! :)

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