We had a blast celebrating New Year’s at our humble home. Two of my dear husband’s co-employees and their families came over to celebrate with us. They bought fireworks and we had fun shooting fireworks in a cold New Year’s Eve. The kids had fun dancing with Just Dance on Wii U. We’re supposed to do Just Sing Karaoke too, but for some reason the CD didn’t play.
It was a great New Year’s celebration. We missed a few family and friends but they were sick and my brother-in-law and his wife already had a commitment ahead of time.
Happy New Year to you! Wishing you all the best of 2017.
It’s amazing how time flies these days. It’s Christmas time again. Are you traveling to see family and friends and spend time with them this holiday season? Or, are you staying home and host a big Christmas Party? Whichever it is, I bet it’s going be a wonderful event for everyone.
As for me and my family, we are celebrating Christmas Day at my parents-in-law’s home in Tyler. While making this post, my dear husband is currently prepping the brisket to put in the oven in a few for tomorrow’s Christmas Day dinner.
This Christmas Eve, we attended the church service at 6:00 P.M. When we got home after church and had dinner, we started the party. The children could not wait to open their Christmas presents. So after dinner, we head on and started the Christmas Party. They started opening gifts from the youngest kid to the oldest. Boy, they were so excited and anxious!
Opening Christmas presents.
So, the young ones had a great time opening their presents. I think everybody loved the stuff they got from the family. K was so excited to see if Santa will give her nice gifts for Christmas. We brought the reindeer food she received from the class Christmas Party at school since we’re at the grandparents’ house. We had to make sure Santa will stop by and drop off her presents. 🙂 Na-Na helped her scatter the reindeer food in the backyard. (FYI: Reindeer food is a mixture of oatmeal and glitters or sparkles.)
After the kids’ unwrapping presents, it was adults turn to open gifts and play the White Elephant Gift Exchange. We missed my brother-in-law and his wife in this year’s family Christmas Party because they’re both sick. Nephew M is in Florida and niece M and her family will be coming over tomorrow, Christmas Day.
It was a fun evening. So thankful for family, love, time, and the blessings we received all year.
Happy Holidays, everyone! How are you doing? Are you starting to relax now from the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and decorating? Whether you are hosting a party or not, it feels nice to see our homes all decked up for the Holidays.
Speaking about shopping, I tried very hard not to spend too much on home decorations this year. I had so much Christmas decorations from the past 8 years, and honestly I am not ready to get rid of them. Anyway, I would like to share some holiday cheer from my home to yours. I am not very good at home decorating but I did my best. 🙂
Big flower arrangement by the entry way.
Now this big flower arrangement was quite expensive because it was priced $20 at a local garage sale. I bargained for half the price but the seller’s lowest price was $15. I bought it anyway because I really, really liked it. It looked taller on the round oriental vase.
Christmas table runner and poinsettia placemats
Do you enjoy decorating for the Holidays? I do. As soon as the stores put their Holiday decorations on discounted sale, my family, friends and I buy whatever we can find that we like. Most of my Christmas decorations and pieces were more than 5 years old. These poinsettia placemats were given to me by my mother-in-law. Aren’t they pretty? The table runner was from Ross.
The centerpieces were bought from a on online local garage sale.
candle holder – $.50
crystal vase – $5
crystal candy dish – $3
colored balls and fillers – $2
Glass Christmas ball cardinal decor
Mesh Christmas wreath with cardinal bird and nest.
This mesh Christmas wreath was also given by my mother-in-law two years ago. She won this at a raffle (door prize) at a Christmas Party with her group of friends.
I am so feeling festive now. I love Christmas season. How about you?
Hey, everyone! Christmas time is here again. Have you done your Christmas shopping yet? As with my household, we are always excited for Christmas. There are lots of fun holiday activities for kids, a number of Christmas party invites, huge feeling of Christmas cheer, and exciting shopping experiences during this most wonderful time of the year.
Assisting daddy with the decorations from the attic.
K helps decorate the Christmas tree.
We started decorating our home for Christmas the weekend we got home from our Thanksgiving travels. My darling daughter helped me decorate the Christmas tree. It’s so lovely and bright. I am adding white on our tree this time. Also, I put red cardinal birds on our tree. The idea of the cardinal bird as part of this year’s holiday decor came into my mind the moment I received a holiday mug, Christmas gift from my cousin in Oregon (thanks again N), with a cardinal design on it. Then while my family and I were strolling by the lake one fine afternoon during the holidays, I saw a pair of cardinal birds roosting upon a tree at the lake. I felt good inside. It’s just an uplifting thought for me.
One of my favorite coffee mugs. 🙂
Our Christmas tree 2016
We did not buy a new Christmas tree. And for the ornaments, I only bought a few white flowers from Michaels and the cardinal birds from Kohls. The mantel still needs decorating though. I still have to figure out where to put our Christmas stockings.
K’s school had a Thanksgiving Luncheon Thursday. The Pre-K and Kindergarten students had lunch first at 10:15 A.M. My darling daughter was very happy and excited because there were so many parents, grandparents, and guardians came to join at lunch.
After lunch I walked K to her classroom and saw their turkey arts and crafts displayed on the wall in the hallway. It was a family project to disguise the turkey. In the picture below, K was pointing to her turkey in disguise as a Japanese girl.
Thanksgiving Lunch at school
It’s pretty nice to be able to join my child in school’s events and special occasions. She feels happy and confident. I feel the same, too.
I am also glad that many parents, grandparents, and guardians join their students in this special holiday and keeps the tradition going forever.