Merry Merry!

The littles are nestled all snug in the beds, while sweet memories of Christmas dance in their heads.  And while I didn’t manage to squeeze in a long winter nap, I’d say everything else about our day was just about perfect. 

Honey’s mama came over at the crack of dawn to join Mother, Daddy-O and us for the first round of gifts.  We stuck with our gift rule again this year and it seems like just enough – Santa brings something to do (Medieval Times tickets), something you need (new sports balls), something you want (Star Wars gear for Cookie and Beyblade Dome for John), something to read and stockings for the littles.  We give them each a keepsake ornament, a classic book for their library and then something fun (Captain America set for Cookie and Sorcerer of the Magic Kingdom booster packs for John).  Of course, they were delighted to see that Santa and his reindeer thoroughly enjoyed their snack :-)

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Breakfast was divine and only required popping things in the oven while we did gifts since Honey’s mama and I made everything in advance – cheese grits, praline bread and egg casserole.

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Sister, her Mister and Bird showed up around lunch time and we did the second round of opening! Mother and Daddy-O have always always always done a big Christmas for us for as long as I can remember. 

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Before the feast Mother and Daddy-O prepared for “lupper” (that meal between lunch and supper that my family seems to always sit down to), we did our annual reading of T’was the Night Before Christmas.  There is a small gift for everyone at the table and every time the word “and” is read, you pass the gift.  At the end of the story you open and keep the one you are holding.  Since we hosted Christmas this year (we couldn’t travel to Savannah due to the impending arrival of my darling niece), I had a fantastic time shopping for the gifts (there were only two trades at the end) and Honey did the honors of reading the story.  It’s really one of my favorite family traditions!!

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I’ll leave you with a somewhat horrific pic of our motley crew (that was taken waaaaay too late in the day.)  Alas, this was the best in the lot of about a dozen…

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I hope you all had a wonderful day.  Merry merry, y’all!


  1. It looks as if you had a great time with your family! Merry Christmas hon!

  2. What a lovely Christmas celebration. I really like the idea of the gift bags exchanging when you hear the word "and". What fun. Also, love your white dinner plates. Do you mind my asking what kind they are? Hope your family has a very blessed New Year.

  3. Did you create that darling lily bath bucket? The day looked great! Happy holidays!

  4. Looks like you had a perfect Christmas! I hope you do not mind, but we will be passing gift bags while reading "Twas The Night Before Christmas."...

  5. Looks like you all had a lovely day. Love the tradition of reading and passing the gifts around. How fun!

  6. What a wonderful holiday tradition with the story reading!! That sounds really fun.

    Hope your Christmas was so very merry!

  7. Amanda...wonderful traditions and family!!! How ironic your Mom received the Meyers countertop spray! A favorite of mine and I purchased some today!!! All Moms should have Meyers soap...aromatherapy while cleaning! LOL

  8. The white plates are Butler's Pantry by Lenox. We use these as "fine china" :-)

    I didn't create the Lilly bath bucket - it came as a set!



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