Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas 2012

When I was a child, our Christmases always were on Christmas Eve.  We always had a program that all the children in our parochial school participated in, followed by a gift...a grocery bag full of candy, nuts and fruit from the church.  Then we went home and opened all our gifts.  There weren't many but Christmas always seemed more magical at night.  Everything seemed so special.  Christmas tradition stayed the same with my children and we did Christmas Eves too.  When the kids started getting married, I wasn't sad when they wanted to always spend Christmas Day with the in-laws.  Christmas Eve was our special time. And this year was no exception.  
Tim & son, Cooper playing video game
They all came car load by car load and it makes me us happy to have them all here.  The only sad part of the night to me was that the weather got icey and since most had long trips home, decided not to attend church in order to leave a little sooner. Ah, next year!
Mike & daughter Emma    Note:  My twin sons came unknowingly
 dressed alike in blue sweaters! (above/below)

Tim & niece Emma (so pale that light bounces off her! lol) 

Cooper...our energy!
 The kids were all good about eating lunch and waiting for Chelsea & co. to come from another family celebration, but were getting mighty antsy!
Bailey opening first stocking stuffers

Emma opening hers with mom Lori

Then in buzzed Bryden eager to catch up!  This picture is NOT photo edited... it's  just  Bryden~!

The excitement of Bryden and Cooper...


They are such buddies!

and I have mine here.

Santa Cooper!

Paw-Paw Larry has to do the snowplowing this year, so he got a hat and gloves!

Sweet Miss Emma

happiness is....Chelsea & Whitney

Tim reading the Super Hero books

All the kids have figured out how fun Whitney is...and how T.A.L.L!!

~and so it continued.  Fun.

Today was quiet and we hunkered down for the beginning of Winter!
 Scoobie too in his going out coat.  He's feeling better after having been quite sick last week.

Today came the first snow of the year.
They said we were getting 3-4 inches but it was more like 6. 

Good things happen blogging friend Maggie (click on this too see her blog)
sent me this "sweet" Christmas surprise all the way from Texas!!  Thank you Maggie!!!

This is Larry in his new Christmas gear, snowblowing tonight.  I'm making soup.
Happy Holidays to you all and keep warm!!


acorn hollow said...

Donna, You look wonderful. It is so nice to hear of your family traditions. your grandchildren are so cute.
Here is to a happy healthy new year.

Kim said...

I hadn't thought of it until reading your post, but almost all of our Christmas traditions happen on Christmas Eve too. Christmas Day seems to be an unstructured free-for-all!
Wonderful pictures of your family.
May 2013 be filled with health and happiness for Starkey Hollow.

Debby said...

Donna you look great. What a lovely family and what fun having them all together and snow to top it off. That Maggie is a sweetie isn't she.
Stay warm and I am hoping nothing but good things for the coming year for you.

Cro Magnon said...

That's the very best type of Christmas; all those grandchildren around. Ours unfortunately were at the end of Skype, but still lovely to see, and talk with, them.

You look very good; keep it up. Cro xx

Tom Stephenson said...

Snow! Lucky you.

Kerri said...

Merry Christmas Donna! You look beautiful and happy...looks like a wonderful Christmas Eve spent with your family. Your pictures are great. I was suppossed to leave tomorrow for a funeral in Galion...but this darn weather has me wondering if I should risk it. My mom said Mansfield is due for another storm on Saturday. :( Darn weather.

Judi said...

I so enjoyed all the beautiful photographs... felt like I was there! The warmth and love just flows from your page.
Love Larry's hat (really. want one just like it!) and your hair is gorgeous. (really. want one just like it!)
I love all you guys. Scooby, too.

yaya said...

Looks like a wonderful day! I think the kiddos all look so cute and festive. It's funny that the boys wore the same color sweater. I guess that twin thing never ends! Love Emma's curls and I didn't know that Bailey was wearing glasses. She's getting so grown up. You look fabulous and Jack has a hat just like Larry's! Love it! Merry Christmas!

Molly said...

Love all your family pictures Donna. Have been hearing on the news of blizzards across the States. If it's affecting your family - Keep safe.

karen said...

I love that you and your family can celebrate on Christmas Eve. That's kind of been more the tradition in my family too. It's a much bigger deal than Christmas Day when we all just want to lay around and nap (unless it falls on Sunday - then we trudge to church instead). Beautiful pictures of your home and family.

Rebecca Jerdee said...

What a lovely Christmas with snow...I enjoyed every cozy shot!

Deb Shucka said...

Your holiday sounds story-book perfect, and the pictures glow with so much love and happiness. So glad you had this wonderful family time, and that you shared. Happy New Year!

Jilda said...

Happy New Year Donna! I love seeing family Christmas photos, and all the snow! You look so beautiful, blessings of love, joy and good health!

Karen Whittal said...

How nice to catch up with you and your family especially at this time of the year, may 2013 be full of health, love, laughter and family

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Looks like you had quite the Christmas!! What a wonderful blog you have :)

Happy New Year!!


Beth Dunn said...

That sounds lovely. And your pictures are amazing. Happy New Year!

Sue said...

What a beautiful family!

Happy New Year to all of you, Donna.


Julia said...

A belated Merry Christmas Donna. I had computer woes Christmas eve.

You look beautiful with your natural hair. It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas eve with your family.

I love looking at all your great pictures. You look full of life. Your grandkids are all so sweet,
Love you,

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