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Monday, January 3, 2011

More parties

We had the party for my side of the family a few days before Christmas. It was nice being together again. My niece Katelyn had been in India for 4 months and both she and Andy were able to be there. However - our daughter Laura had the awful flu which has been going around here, so we missed her.

This is my brother with my 2 youngest nieces. They pretend to try to get away from him, but they really love to be caught!

Bob and Cheri. What do you suppose they are up to?


My Dad and stepmom, opening packages.

We have a tradition in our family of Santa letters. What happens is "Santa" sends letters with little gifts to a few deserving recipients each year. These are usually family members who have done something to disappoint Santa. The letters are read out loud, and always result in lots of laughter from the rest of the family.
The recipients of this years letters are shown below:

My brother Duane, got a light up reindeer nose, to remind him of the Christmas spirit. His offense? Getting his sisters to do his Christmas shopping and wrapping for him every year!


Bob got a mirror with 2 sides. On one side, he could see himself, but if he turned it over, he would see the faces of my sisters and I, and it would remind him of the way he should be acting.
His offense? There are too many to mention, but they are mostly about picking on his sister-in-laws!


Aaron got a box with a few things in it; a hat to keep warm while shoveling, some "Hugs", a booklet on how to get along with the relatives (which said the in-laws and aunts are always right and they are very easy to get along with)
His offense? Saying he needed help in getting along with his in-laws and aunts.
We had a fun night with no shortage of laughter!

19 comments:

Karin said...

Good family humor and fun is delightful! Glad you had a special times!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Those are great ideas! I miss family gatherings like that. The best part of it is everyone coming together and sharing the laughter.

2Thinks said...

Family fun is the best kind indeed!

Raise Them Up said...

That sounds like so much fun! What a neat idea!

Pat said...

Where do I sign up to be part of your family?

Connie said...

Laughter and smiles - it doesn't get any better than that!

Penny said...

Oh, that's funny! What a great tradition!

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my goodness Mari! I love your family. This totally made me smile : ) Wishing you a wonderful new year!

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my goodness Mari! I love your family. This totally made me smile : ) Wishing you a wonderful new year!

Mariel said...

how fun!! love the santa letters tradition :)

septembermom said...

Too funny about the getting along booklet. Love the reindeer nose too. You all look like a fun bunch!

Brooke said...

love that Bob has 3 angels looking over his shoulder ;)

Nezzy said...

What great fun. Looks like ya'll had the perfect recipe for Christmas. I sooo want to see that brother of your in that nose! Heeehehehe!!!

I want ya to know that Angel is sure gettin' great use outta the Hats ya made her.

God bless ya girl and have a terrific day sweetie!!! :o)

Sharon said...

What fun traditions your family has.
It looks like everyone had a great time.
Would like to see Bob in the nose.
Have a great day.
Hugs

Jenny the Pirate said...

Laughter is good! The more the better.

Tell Cheri (who clearly is up to little good, snickering over there in the corner with Bob) that I love her Navy Pier sweatshirt!!! Anything Chicago, I'm IN!

Butterfly Works said...

What fun Mari and what wonderful memories your family made.....

Saija said...

smiling! looks like a good ole time at your place ... laughter is definitely the way to enjoy time with each other ...

blessings on you!!!!

kari said...

sounds like you all had such a fun time.
I love that you have parties on your side and your husbands side fo the family.

Shelly said...

What a great idea for a family tradition. Sounds like a lot of fun and laughs too. Thanks for Sharing!