Christmas Extravaganza 

We had a wonderful couple of days celebrating Christmas with our families last week.  The boys especially enjoyed playing with their cousins and all were very excited about Santa. 


On Christmas Eve, we left cookies (made by the boys) and milk for Santa and carrots for his reindeer.  Santa left us presents under the tree in our room and in our stockings.  

Santa also visited my parents’ living room and left presents for us, my parents, and siblings. 

The boys, despite declarations they’d stay awake all night in the hopes of seeing Santa, slept soundly.  

The boys were up early on Christmas morning and we opened the gifts in our room before enjoying a delicious family breakfast with the rest of my family followed by exchanging gifts with my siblings and parents. 

That afternoon more relatives joined the fun at my parents’ house starting with appetizers and gifts.    

Our attempts at a family photo yielded mixed results.

As his Christmas gift to my mom, my chef-turned-attorney brother Patrick cooked an amazing dinner.  He served seared sea scallops on a bed of cauliflower purée and spinach.   

He cooked four beef tenderloins, all perfectly medium rare and wonderfully seasoned. 

We had a variety grilled veggies cooked on the barbecue by my brother-in-law Dirk.  

There was wild rice with an assortment of mushrooms on the side.      

It was really fantastic food! 

There were four tables set up (a kids table in kitchen, two tables in the dining room, one table in library) to accommodate the 43 dinner guests. 

After dinner, everyone had fun with karaoke.  Highlights included the boys and their cousins singing holiday favorites such as “Frosty the Snowman” and “Here Comes Santa Claus,” Patrick’s rendition of “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” my parents singing “All I Want For Christmas is You” and my sister Colleen’s version of “I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.”   

  We had a wonderful Christmas celebration together!

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