We love to drag Christmas out as long as we can, starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving through December 31st. Lots of Christmas music, movies, food, parties, pictures, gifts, shopping, traditions…
Here are some pictures of our celebrations through-out December…
First, we celebrated with my Mom’s side of the family at Granny’s house! Uncle Damon brought a delicious brisket and everyone else contributed with fun-odd-yummy side dishes.
Evan, Caleb, Abbie, Daniel, Me(Charity) and Gabriel
Granny enjoyed getting to love on all the Great Grandbabies – I think, in every family there is almost always that one cousin that the little cousins gang up on and wrestle and pick on… well, on this side of the family it used to be Daniel, bless his heart, we were probably so annoying…then we all got older and now it’s the great-grandkids with Benjamin as the victim! :) They love playing with Benj!
Sang lots of Christmas carols together.
Lots of 42 was played, it made the reality of Granddad not being there even more real, he was almost always at the table shaking the dominoes for another game. He was very missed.
Oh yes, Catch Phrase is must-play game too!
Acquire is…um…very intense!
Granny, Mom, my aunt and I worked on sewing little ornament birds for everyone made from Granddad’s flannel shirts and striped overalls! They turned out really cute. In this picture you can kind of see them hanging all over the tree.
Somehow, Uncle Joe managed to take a nap even with all the noise around!
We always play the dirty santa/white elephant game… strange things were brought everything from a selfie stick, and an octopus mug with hot chocolate, to tannerite exploding targets, and the infamous round-cat bird house!
And that, folks, was the Clay Christmas.
On the 22nd and 23rd, we celebrated Christmas together with our family.
We played “Christmas Carols” Pictionary!
“Haha, Aunt Sarah, I got your seat!” One of Evan’s favorite things to do is to steal anyone’s seat right after they get up!
Grandpa always reads Luke 2 for us before we open gifts.
This year, the theme for our family tea was “Woodsy”…think red plaid, cedar, pine cones, and moose… it was really fun!
We had a fancy cheese platter with meat and crackers – Bear-claw cookies and buck-eyes.
Cheesy bacon potato rounds – pine cone cheese ball
Bang-bang shrimp – Brown sugar bacon wrapped chicken bites
Due to lots of sickness going around our house, Carinna as not able to participate :(
The Elliott’s hosted a fun Christmas Eve party at their house!
For years, Grandpa has brought his delicious chex-mix to the Burnett Christmas. So Dad and I helped him keep the tradition going! We made 5 gallons of chex-mix…it took us all day!
-Christmas with Dad’s side of the family-
Well, this is Oklahoma right? So of course, why not have severe storms! They got blizzards in NW Oklahoma, but the storms over us weren’t carrying beautiful snow and ice… but tornadoes! This is NOT April!!! It’s the day after Christmas!!
Aunt Janis was gracious to host everyone at her house this year! She had us play some really fun group games! One of them was called backwards charades! Each charade was a Christmas song title, so all but one person on the team would read the card, then at the same time everyone acted it for the one person guessing from your team! It was hilarious!
What are some of ya’ll’s favorite Christmas traditions?