Kent brought the camera down for The Brunch Before Christmas, and this is the only picture he took. Well, he took about 15 versions of it, but yeah, that’s all that got documented. What will future generations know about TBBC 2012? The Lunsfords looked awesome. And coordinated! Which reminds me, I was recently asked to speak at a conference of twin moms on a topic of my choosing. What could I talk about? My only twin-mom life skill is family matching. I settled on “Tools of the Mind” and the benefits of mature extended dramatic play, but maybe I’ll do a post on matching.
For the record, it was a beautiful December 24th. Since I am
currently having a category 5 freak out over hosting a Downton Abbey Almost New Year fancy adults-only dinner party tomorrow, my goal for The Brunch Before Christmas this year was to go as low key as possible. Last year I tried to host a hybrid of a fancy adults only dinner party with plated courses and a fun family get together with the kids all in the kitchen. Hahahaha!
So this year I vowed to
- Equally distribute the cooking among the 4 families
- Use paper plates and cups. Seriously.
- Not buy or craft any sort of decorations.
The third one was the hardest. All weekend beforehand I kept making plans to buy or make this or that for my already decked out house. I restrained myself though, and we had a wonderful time. We sang carols around the piano; we ate all my favorite Christmas Eve foods; Martha and I did a little voice and flute duet; we played The Game of Things while the kids played Little Big Planet; and to top off a perfect day, a fat, fluffy Christmas snow fell throughout the whole thing. Magic.
I asked Kent to help me brainstorm the entertainment this year. We’ve tried various things in years past. This year there would be no nativity pageant since the kids had just had it the day before in Primary. There would be no children’s talent show because it just makes me think of my morbidly obese cousins tap dancing on a sheet of plywood in my grandmother’s house. There would not even be a frazzled attempt to reinact Harvard University Choir’s Lessons and Carols Service while the kids go berserk in my hearthroom.
Kent’s first three suggestions:
- That game on the Bachelorette (I think he meant Bachelor Pad) where you have to kiss all the girls blindfolded and then try to guess who they are. Or rank them. Either way.
- Isn’t there a show called Wife Swap? How does that work?
- MILF Island! (30 Rock reference)
I’m trying not to read into these suggestions anything other than Kent watches too much TV and was trying to get out of this chore by doing a horrible, horrible job of it.
We ended up playing The Game of Things at the suggestion of Marcia and Kelly Wise, and it was hilarious. I laughed so hard my throat hurt.
What a wonderful day. And now back to making ice cream, calling butchers to order short ribs, and putting together a magnificent paper-product-free tablesetting for tomorrow’s Downton party.