Family Christmas: A Photo Gallery

While the date on the calendar may have said December 27th, we still felt the Christmas spirit in our hearts ♥ and minds ∞!

Late this aft, we gathered at my parents’ to enjoy our (belated) family Christmas celebration. Let’s establish atmosphere:

festive spriggery...

the traditional...

tradition: a "table gift" to open before dinner!

This year we each received a book as our table gift. I squealed with glee over mine: the novel Freedom by Jonathan Franzen – from my list! 

the stockings were propped against the wall with great care...

Santa gifted me such varied stocking stuffers as cosy socks, a hardcover knitting pattern book (!), organic cinnamon, a toothbrush, tea towels…Santa has a good imagination and makes good choices!

A merry ol’ time had we!…



the brother and i have posed in this manner for a photo every year since childhood

we love christmas!

...we really do!

we love togetherness!

...we really do!

Thanks to my family’s generosity, I’ll be able to choose a recipe from the Joy of Cooking, chop/mash/whip ingredients in my Black and Decker Food Processor, and fry up whatevers in my non-stick frypan! I look forward to experimenting!

Happily, the girls’ knits were a hit!

little e and her ballet wrap sweater...

baby c insisted on wearing her cardigan - sans pants or dress - for the rest of the night!

So while this Christmas may go down in the family chronicles as “the Christmas of innovation and flexibility,” tonight was a solidly joyful celebration.

Formals for the record book:

with mom and dad

with grandma

with b

Much love and thanks to each member of my family. xoxo!

And that’s a Christmas Wrap for 2010!

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  • Gina Unger  On December 29, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Glad your mom is on the mend. Hang in there, Marnie!
    Love your sweater in these pix, too – obviously knit by your own hand, right?!
    I’m still looking forward to my own family’s Christmas celebration once we arrive in Ontario tomorrow… I think we celebrate/open presents, etc. on New Year’s Eve this year, actually!
    Look forward to seeing you next week, too, Cath!

  • Anonymous  On December 28, 2010 at 8:24 am

    ooh, I think you should post said pictures of yourself and brother from Christmases of past so we can see the changes. Would be fun!

  • Johanna  On December 27, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Ours too was a “Christmas of innovation and flexibility”. Dad had to go into work at the last minute because a co-worker had developed an acute case of gall stones and so our/his Christmas Eve/Day/Boxing Day (previously off) changed entirely in a heartbeat. We wound up bringing Christmas dinner to him at work and postponing all our gift exchanging to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. But – you know – you discover that everyone is far more flexible than you think and that there are times when it’s just necessary to roll with the punches. :)

    So glad that your mom is feeling much better, the family found a way to still gather together and that you had a good – if not entirely traditional – Christmas.


    • 1970kikiproject  On December 28, 2010 at 5:07 am

      wow, that WAS a turn of events for your family, too! and you, too, are proof that christmas is about being with family! and you are so right! we discovered: 1) that ice cream bars make a refreshingly cool and not-too-heavy dessert; 2) “the meal” can be lunch or dinner, matters not 3) the brunch smorgasboard is a beautiful thing! so i’m with you on being open to change!

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