Family, Food, Fun… and Santa!

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 Christmas is certainly an enchanted time for children and adults alike.  It’s especially memorable for bringing you closer to family and friends.

This Christmas we even reunited with family we haven’t seen in so long, both in-person and courtesy of technology (thank you, Skype!).

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 The commotion of the past few weeks preparing for the upcoming festivities — from cranky busy mall-shoppers, financial stresses and a never-ending to-do list to dangerous driving conditions with the ice storm — all seem to just fade into oblivion as you see the smiling faces of the children, the warm and genuine hugs from your loved ones and the real, deep-in-your-gut tummy laughter that only those close to you can manage to produce.  It’s always worth it.

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 In my family, we traditionally celebrate on the Eve of Christmas which we call “Noche Buena” (Good Night) which includes a late family dinner (with lots and lots of delicious food and dessert!), games, a visit from “Santa” and opening of presents.  For many others in our culture, it also includes midnight mass (traditional Catholic practice for Christmas).  It’s truly a beautiful observance.

On Christmas morning, we continue with just my family (my husband and kids) in our jammies, open more presents and check out our stockings! And of course we have a delicious Christmas brunch. 

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 I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas surrounded by those you care about, warm from the cold and with full tummies, stockings and hearts.

A (belated) Merry Christmas from my Family to yours and a wishing you all a great start to the New Year ahead!

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10 Comments on Family, Food, Fun… and Santa!

  1. Anne Taylor
    January 26, 2014 at 4:12 pm (8 months ago)

    Thanks for sharing your family’s Christmas with us. I’m really looking forward to next Christmas as I’ll have a brand new grandbaby! Yay!

    Reply
  2. Victoria Ess
    January 22, 2014 at 11:24 am (8 months ago)

    Thanks for sharing your photos with us. You look like you had the perfect, cozy, warm Christmas gathering :)

    Reply
  3. Brenda A
    December 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm (9 months ago)

    What beautiful pictures! What a perfect looking Christmas. It really is amazing how technology makes our amazing planet seem tiny.

    Reply
  4. Jordana (@MamaKujo)
    December 29, 2013 at 7:03 pm (9 months ago)

    So much love to you and yours! Love seeing all your pics!

    Reply
  5. Melinda L.
    December 28, 2013 at 3:08 pm (9 months ago)

    Lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    • Carol @CarolAuCourant
      December 29, 2013 at 3:31 pm (9 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Melinda. Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas. All the best for the New year!

      Reply
  6. heidi c.
    December 27, 2013 at 11:05 pm (9 months ago)

    What great photos! It looks like you all had a great time! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    • Carol @CarolAuCourant
      December 29, 2013 at 3:31 pm (9 months ago)

      It’s always a great time with Family. How it should be, right? :)
      Thanks, Heidi! Hope yours was great too!
      Happy new year!

      Reply
  7. Judy C (Judy Cowan)
    December 27, 2013 at 2:36 pm (9 months ago)

    It looks like you had a great Christmas! Merry (belated) Christmas to you too and all the best for 2014!

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    • Carol @CarolAuCourant
      December 29, 2013 at 3:30 pm (9 months ago)

      Thank you, Judy! Hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and all the best for 2014!

      Reply

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