Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Eve 2001

How quickly have these kids grown!  The crutches belonged to my nephew, Colin, who had broken his ankle just a few days earlier . . .  The boxes on the children's table contained Christmas ornaments, and Colin's was a Santa Claus figure.  We wrapped one of Santa's feet in gauze to match the cast Colin was sporting at the time . . .  He got a kick out of it!  And I just remembered how much I loved this wrapping paper!  What is it with me and wrapping paper!  I also remember that it took me a while and some experimenting to get the M&M candy on top of the boxes to stick and not fall down.


These were taken at our old house in Chicago, before we moved to the 'burbs . . .  Lots of happy memories in this house . . .


Funny, but I think I'm making the same dinner this Christmas!  Except, no baked potatoes.  Instead, I'm trying out a new idea - a mashed potato bar.

9 comments:

Thisisme. said...

Lovely happy memories in these photographs. A mashed potato bar certainly sounds different! I hope all your Christmas preparations are going well.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Looks like fun! Hard to believe it's ten years ago!!!

Sue said...

Maria, I wish I was preparing a holiday dinner this year. I could use a feast! Instead, our son is away, as are many of the husband's relatives, so it looks as if we are on our own. Hope you enjoy your feast. Thanks for stopping by to see all of my Christmas trees. Did you get to see all nine? I had fun, but was under a lot of pressure to get it all done in time. Next year, I start right after Halloween so I can enjoy the fruits of my labor! LOL Merry Christmas! Sue

Nicki said...

I remember those M&M candy holders - always thought they were fun, but won't want to try to steady them on a package. I do love how you include gifts for the kids on their dinner plates - very nice! Over the past few years our Christmas Day traditions have changed with the passing of parents and grandparents - so now we pretty much stay at home and fix a hodge-podge of dinner so everyone gets what they want. There are still some elements of 'traditional holiday feast', but with a few extras.

oh, and the frames on my blog are photoshop generated. I have used a mix of Rita's CoffeeShop and Florabella. And even better is that all have been free downloads.

Barb said...

The kids do grow up quickly. I loved that house in Chicago. It had so much character and charm.

Rettabug said...

A "mashed potato bar"??? COUNT ME IN!! What a GREAT idea, Maria! Green onions, cheese, bacon, sour cream, butter...what else? Do share how you set it all up, please? I'd love to copy this idea.

Thanks for your sweet words this morning...
Hugs & Merry CHRISTmas!

fondly,
Rett

Tricia said...

How fun to look back ten years! And you can't mess with the menu for Christmas -- much. Enjoy the mashed potato bar -- that would be popular at my house, too!

Scribbler said...

Hello! It's nice of you to visit -- I love finding a new friend. I am now following you, and I see you like to bake tea breads. I am going to go back and check out your recipes when I have a breather.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

A Cottage in the Clouds said...

Thank you for your kind words on my new blog. I feel like I know you already, from viewing your charming pictures of Christmas Past. I'll be back to try some of your recipes. Merry Christmas.