Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Open House

On Sunday my parents hosted their annual Christmas Open House.  It is basically a chance to eat a million different appetizers and visit with the neighbors who I likely haven't seen since the previous year.  It is also a chance for everyone to check out all of my mom's Christmas decorations.  She has a lot

Despite the cold weather and icy walkways I wore my gold, sparkly shoes.  I love them and hope to wear them a few more times during this holiday season.  Ella wanted to glam it up too she she borrowed some shoes and accessories from Grammy.  That girls is such a hoot!  Then you have Peyton who is in a stage of wanting to make crazy faces for every picture!  Got to love both of their individual personalities.

Since the girls are the only kids at the party they get a lot of attention.  They even get my Aunt Cathy to sit on the floor and color with them!
 
I made sangria.  I've named this recipe "Block Island Sangria" since my friend Missy gave it to me after I tasted some really good sangria when we were on Block Island in Sept.  It was my first time making it with this recipe and I really liked it.  It was a big hit at the party and I'll be making it again for Christmas day!  (Not pictured but also in recipe = OJ and Ginger Ale).

My parent's have the prettiest fake tree around.  My mom has a slight obsession with Santas and there are quite a few in each and every room.  Here is a sampling. . .






You might as well go all out right?!  My mom sure knows how to turn their house into a Christmas Wonderland!  The girls love and it and I must admit it does make the holiday season more festive to be surrounded by all of these decorations! 

Do you collect any Christmas decorations?  Do you decorate just a little or a whole lot??!!








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5 comments:

  1. Hooooray! Tank you for linking up! And I'd still love you even if you hadn't!

    That is an awful lot of sa tas. I'm gonna have to find a Phillies Santa and send it to your mom!

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  2. What a fun yearly event! And seriously - Ella is too adorable ;)

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  3. What a great tradition. My second Mom loves Santas too and they are everywhere. Your mom has a great collection. Love the white one in the sweater and fur lined coat!

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  4. Love all the Christmas decorations your mom has! And that picture of you in the Santa hat is SO great!

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