|Every year we dress up the Fluff and make her dance to “It’s the Holiday Season.” It’s a tough call to say which is funnier, her shimmies down the chimney this year, or us trying to dance her around when she was 6 weeks old. “Jazz hands!”|
|This year’s peppermint theme was worked into the adults’ table in the wrapping paper that served as table runners. The centerpiece is also made of wrapping paper and is supposed to look like a big bow.|
|This year’s table is totally on the side of gaudy and tacky. I’m trying to branch out into other styles though since I’ve done understated elegance way too many times.|
|Speaking of out of my comfort zone! Decorating with handmade paper crafts? Busy, competing patterns? Egad! Well, it is a kids’ table after all.|
|One of our games is how much do you love me. Mom: I love you from the sea to the moon! Fluffy: I love you from the sky to my swimming class!|
|I didn’t get a still of Fluffy’s piano solo, but B did a great job!|
|Matching Christmas Pajamas|
|Fluffy’s only requests to Santa were a Santa doll and a Mrs. Claus doll. Really? That’s what you want? Okay.|
Highlights this year:
1. Fluffy playing Frosty the Snowman (perfectly!) for the talent show.
2. Candy cane cake and gravy were both the best versions I’ve ever made.
3. Baking cookies for Santa with my Fluff while singing all our favorite carols with Kent, Jenni and Jeremy. Sometimes multitasking works.
4. Watching Fluffy slowly open her presents over the course of 4 hours. She wanted to take out each one and play with it, use all the accessories and really savor it before moving on to the next.
5. Driving around on Christmas day to the highest ranked houses on tackyChristmaslightsofFairfaxCounty.com with Fluffy in the backseat chanting, “Pump-kin Cheese-cake! Pump-kin Cheese-cake!”
6. Jenny McArthur’s ridiculously amazing 12 days of Christmas brownies: 12 different flavors, 12 works of art. Hands down best Christmas goodies ever received.
7. Nativity reading and re-enactment followed by sleepover in mom and dad’s room.