Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas at The Black House - Snelling SC

One of 5 trees we put up this year.

Papa and Althea

We celebrated Christmas three times this year... first with a family trip (3 generations) to Walt Disney World in Florida (along with my childhood best friend and her husband), then with a Christmas Eve Open House and finally with a family breakfast Christmas morning.

Althea, Pluto and Dorie

The Candlelight Concert at Epcot

Christmas Tree at Animal Kingdom

Christmas Tree at Polynesian Resort

I got back in the swing of things this year and baked hundreds of cookies with the help of daughter Becki, niece Emily and great nephew and nieces Mason, Trinity and Kirsten. We burnt up my mixer and I had to make cheese balls by hand but we had a great time.

Mason and his cousins Trinity and Kirsten

I tried a new punch out on family and friends and it was a great hit...
Red Stag Jim Beam, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry Juice, Limeade and Sierra Mist.

Red Stag punch in my beautiful Ruby Flash punch bowl.

We included some long held family traditions this year such as the men cooking Christmas Breakfast
 ( I cheated and baked a Dutch Baby Pancake) and waiting to open stockings until Beth, Junior and Dorie came by and we included some new ones as well...
the Dutch Baby (it was wonderful - a mix from Williams Sonoma) and
 "Crackers" which we all loved and decided we'll do every year.

Frank in the kitchen.

Dutch Baby

Our table, notice the beautiful fine china!


Jama said...

Sounds like you have a wonderful Christmas celebrations with the family! I love your lovely table setting.

Doreen said...

you put up five trees?? amazing! that is the kind of china I used also, must be a new tradition.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.