Our White Christmas 2017

On Christmas Eve the table was set for four of us to enjoy Dear’s Tomato Rice Soup and Pesto Tortellini after our services at church. Katie and Andrew texted us and reported that it was snowing and they were on their way. We enjoyed one “Christmas” movie together and Dear and I went up to bed while Katie and Andrew watched White Christmas together. It was Andrew’s first time to see it and judging from the laughter we heard, it was a hit. Later in the night Josh and Laura arrived on the snow covered streets like Santa, loaded with gifts for under the tree. The kids found their guestrooms and fell fast asleep. While visions of sugar plums danced in our heads the snow continued to fall.

We woke up to a very white Christmas! The prompt that tells everyone it’s time to get out of bed and open stockings is “It’s the Thought” cd by Twila Paris.  After we opened our Santa stocking stash, had Dear’s Swedish pancakes (a must on Christmas morning), then opened gifts (the order is important), we braved a walk in the snow after we all found the right footwear, coats and scarves.

Katie and Andrew even found some Pokemon Go whatevers in our neighborhood.

The younger set tried sliding along the icy streets and got some nice distance. I walked like a penguin to keep from falling.

A winter wonderland selfie. Dear stayed home to catch a shower since we’re still down to one bathroom because of our Master Bath renovations, knowing when the rest of us got back we’d have to ration out the rest of the showers. He also loaded the dishwasher and washed the non-dishwasher breakfast dishes while the rest of us walked. He’s a keeper.

After the walk the table got a little tweak to it for Christmas dinner. The roast was in the oven wafting it’s great aromas to whet our appetites for dinner.

Josh thought to take this photo of Dear and me while we waited for the roast to rest.

Prime Rib and Yorkshire Pudding has become our Christmas dinner tradition. We’ve gone from mashed potatoes to roasted vegetables over the years. We were all quite satisfied after our meal.

Laura managed a selfie of all of us in front of the tree.

Our twentieth and last Christmas in this Old House was blessed from above and we thank God for His love.

We also were very thankful to get the two texts telling us each car filled with our best gifts had made it home safely on the snow and ice covered streets. The hardest part of their trip was getting out of our neighborhood.

In her Santa photos, Addy seems to be tolerating Santa but has her elbow positioned ready to jab him if need be and make an escape. She’s just not going to fully tuck in with this stranger.

Throughout the day we enjoyed videos, photos and texts from Dan, Jamie and Addy showing us what was going on for Addy’s First Christmas.

This was their Christmas Card this year. This was taken back in November. They had a white Christmas, too, only they got 14 inches to our 4 inches! All our snow is melted because of rain today but Addy’s house is still getting snow!

Josh and Laura sent her that onesie and the activity center.  The videos were of her opening the gifts she received from her Baba, Gramps, Aunties and Uncles. She’s quite a pro at tearing off wrapping and discarding it for what’s inside. We were all smiles and chuckles as we watched the videos over and over again.

Someone is all smiles for her first white Christmas! Baba bought her that snow suit before she was born. So so thankful for technology that allows us to experience something from across the state or the world.

We also received many photos and a video of my extended family in Southern California celebrating with my dear old Pop. Here’s one of the photos with the back of my Pop’s head and many of his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.  Wish I knew how to share the text video of them singing Joy to the World at the dinner table. Did you know Joy to the World really wasn’t written as a Christmas song? That’s another story…(hint, think 2nd Coming). One more photo with the front of my Pop (almost 95) and three great grands that were at the Christmas Eve gathering. Ellie was born on Christmas Eve two years ago! Jackson is now a teenager and Avery is not far behind. We’re exited for our little Addy to meet these cousins once removed for the first time.

One more Christmas for the record books or record blog. I’m working on a 20 year recap of Christmases at this old house for history sake.

Thank you for stopping by during these last days of 2017.

19 thoughts on “Our White Christmas 2017

  1. Hello, wonderful family photos from your Christmas gathering. Addy in the snow suit is adorable. I am sure she will love meeting her cousins soon. The last photo with your Pop is awesome. Enjoy your day!

  2. Wow what a great Christmas you all had. It must be wonderful to be part of such a family.
    I love when it snows on Christmas day.

  3. Oh Ellen – what a great post! You all look so wonderful and I can almost taste that prime rib roast with all the fixings – yum! I love the picture of you and dear in front of your beautiful tree! Oh and that little red nose on the sweetest little girl….. I remember those text videos coming from afar and how we watched them over and over again! Many blessings to you all as you anticipate changes and adventures in 2018! Hugs.

  4. Awesome pics. Especially love the long table photo. Reminds me of a Norman Rockwell! Your family is beautiful. I’m glad you got some snow just in time for Christmas. We’re just getting some snow now and it sounds like it might dump a lot on us. and then the temps will go low–below zero. Brrrr.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year next!

  5. Happiness all around! Yum. I wish I could have had a Swedish pancake or two!
    Addy looks so cute on that sled! Her elbow jabbing Santa is funny, too!
    I love your photos!

  6. I hardly know where to begin here with so many beautiful sentiments in your post … I love the tradition of how you open gifts, the photo of you and the kids on your walk, the photo of you and Greg in the kitchen and Addy with her elbow on Santa! That long table full at your sister’s is amazing! Lots of love there! At least 26 there? How you would love to be there too! I’m with you, though, on how wonderful to have the technology now to share across the country and the world.

  7. Such beautiful family photos – treasured memories of your last Christmas there! Love the pretty table with all the red against the green walls. Your Dad looks very young – hard to believe he is 95! Little Addie is too adorable in her reindeer pants. The oldest and the youngest to create those sweet memories. xx Karen

  8. I love this post, Ellen. Your table setting is so festive and all the photos are so colorful and happy. Addy with her elbow in Santa’s ribs is priceless! Her gifts and her clothes are so special. It must have brought tears to see the family with your Pop singing Joy To The World. I did not realize you will be relocating this year ??? All the best to you all in the new year. May the Lord bless and keep you. xoxo

  9. The table looks so pretty and the food looks delicious. I forgot to take pictures of our food. Enjoyed all your photos and I’m glad you had such a lovely last Christmas in your home. OMG that giraffe snowsuit is the cutest and Addy looks adorable as always!
    Happy New Year!

  10. Such a good re-capture of Christmas 2017 at your place! Your Christmas dinner looks amazing…as does your table! How nice that you could ‘see’ your Pops and family in southern California on Christmas Day as well. And sweet Addy…love the pic’s!

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