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Twas the Night Before Christmas

by Meghann on December 25, 2009

and all through the house a party was happening to celebrate the holiday I love the most.

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Merry Christmas!

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Every year my Dad’s side of the family comes together on Christmas Eve to eat good food, open gifts, and celebrate the season with those we love the most. It’s a tradition that dates back to when I was little and I wouldn’t have it any other way. ๐Ÿ™‚

The evening started with a lovely table off appetizers to nibble on.

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I didn’t take individual photos of what I nibbled on, but just assume I took a bite of everything on the table. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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My parent’s have a great bar area in the back of the house that is always fully stocked with sodas, wine, beer, liquor, etc.

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I started the night with a glass of wine before switching to sparkling water for the remainder of the evening.

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Last year my Dad roasted a pig, this year he set out to fry a turkey.

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Be careful Josh! This part is very, very dangerous!

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Success!

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He also roasted a turkey and baked a ham.

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Nom Nom Nom

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Lots of helpers in the kitchen

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Dinner was served buffet style as per tradition.

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Time to eat!

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I loaded my plate with a little taste of everything

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Don’t I have the cutest little brother?!?

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My favorite part of the meal: Dessert!

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So many great choices to choose from! I had no problem filling my tiny plate. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kelly and I took our traditional photo together in front of the tree.

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The part about Christmas eve is watching the little ones open gifts. In particularly little Abbygail. ๐Ÿ™‚

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We all pitched in and blew up the family photo fro Thanksgiving for my Grandma. My cousin had spent hours retouching it and did a FABULOUS job!

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Since there are so many ‘adults’ on my family we forego the traditional exchanging of gifts and instead do a family style chinese gift exchange.

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I was particularly proud of the gift I brought. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I had made a 2010 calendar on my Mac using all the photos I took over Thanksgiving and Christmas Caravan as well as some homemade chocolates and granola. I told my Grandma she had to choose my gift and if anyone even attempted to grab it she would squeal. I think she was happy when she was the one who ended up with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I was very happy withe the Publix gift card I ended up with. ๐Ÿ™‚

Man am I wiped! Christmas morning is now just a few hours away!

I did get to open one gift tonight – our traditional Christmas Eve PJs.

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Aren’t we adorable!

I better get to bed so Santa Claus will come and leave me lots of goodies.

Good Night!!!

1 Angel December 25, 2009 at 12:51 am

Thanks Meghann for the recap. I really miss everyone! Love you! Merry Christmas!

2 jenna December 25, 2009 at 12:58 am

eats look great! Everyone came over my house as well!
Love your red dress and scarf, super cute!
Me and my sisters always get new pajamas on Christmas eve. It is a tradition!
Hope Santa is good to you:)
Jenna

3 BethT December 25, 2009 at 1:50 am

Your family is really sweet. Happy holidays.

4 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 25, 2009 at 2:38 am

What a fabulous family traditional get-together! Merry Christmas, Meghann!!

5 *Andrea* December 25, 2009 at 3:03 am

merry christmas! you’re so lucky to have such a big family… your bro is super cute! he looks soooo much like you!!!

6 Bridget December 25, 2009 at 9:27 am

I’m in my new Christmas PJ’s too!! Your night looked like it was full of so much fun and happiness! I love how you get everyone seated for dinner!! I have a huge family too and we go with the “every man for himself” motto haha. Hope your having an amazing Christmas day!

7 Erica December 25, 2009 at 9:28 am

So fun! What a fabulous day. Cute pic in the pjs! Ah! Merry Christmas Meghann

8 allijag December 25, 2009 at 10:08 am

I know I say this every time you post about your family – but I just adore your family! I love how close you are, and how much fun you have together! Reminds me of my family! Merry Christmas my love! Give all the pups some lovin’ for me! (and tell Miss Beneath it All I said Merry Christmas too!) ๐Ÿ™‚

9 Kelly December 25, 2009 at 10:36 am

I love reading about holidays in other parts of the country- the fact that you guys are outside and wearing shorts/dresses is so amazing to me. Looks like fun!

10 rebecca lustig December 25, 2009 at 11:20 am

Thinking about you! Merry Christmas, darling!

xo Rebecca

11 Molly December 25, 2009 at 11:32 am

aw you girls look soo cute in your PJs! and I still LOVe that red dress you have.
Im glad your 60 guests enjoyed the food as much as I did looking at it. It all looked fabulous!
Merry Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope it’s everything you wanted and more!

12 meyergirl December 25, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Great famly gathering!! Good luck avoiding the drama!

13 Danielle December 25, 2009 at 1:34 pm

I love your dress!
Merry Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

14 emily December 25, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Cute family!
Fried turkeys remind me of home, hahaha.

15 catiechurch December 26, 2009 at 12:28 am

I love the matching Pjs! : )

16 jenngirl December 26, 2009 at 10:50 am

Wow, your family’s dinner looks like a catered event!! So delicious and fun ๐Ÿ™‚

You look so pretty in your red dress and scarf!

17 Katy @ These Beautiful Feet December 26, 2009 at 5:10 pm

We get Christmas eve pj’s every Christmas too! My favorite tradition. ๐Ÿ™‚

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