The "S" Family Christmas

We finished the Christmas season on New Years Day at our Daddy’s house in North Mississippi. The only good thing about divorced parents is that Christmas is never ending. It lasts all month at my house and it is actually a lot of fun. I think about my childhood Christmases and my adult Christmases and how incredibly different they are. It makes me laugh, an yawn a bit. I am so blessed to be born into a loving family and to have some sweet in laws to add to the mix. God is good!

Daddy and his wife hosted “S” Family Christmas again, and it was a lot of fun. Connie always makes their home so festive for our gathering. We pile in and tear it apart, and thankfully, she invites us all back! Our kiddos have no idea how fortunate they are to have 3 sets of loving, adoring grandparents.

With Christmas comes Daddy’s birthday. We let him lead his birthday song and blow out his sparkler candles. Due to a little Fixodent issue, we all had to help blow out the candles in order to not have teeth in the cake. That man is a nut!

Our annual family Christmas photo, minus our parentals. Our cousin Hollye, Jules and I have taken our little “S” family of 9 and expanded it quite nicely. I know our grandparents would be amazed at all the activity at our family gatherings these days.
We had fun exchanging gifts. Hollye is the family elf and hands out presents one at a time. She is pretty strict about it too. Daddy grabbed a present and opened it on his own and she let him know he was out of turn. He did not grab and open again. She means business!
The family calendar I gave Daddy caused much laughter and embarrassment. I got real crafty and added birthdays. Well, I put Julie’s on August 9th instead of August 8th and I left several family members out of the calendar. Let me just say….I will never live this one down as long as I live and I may never make a calendar again! I think Daddy will laugh all year looking at that thing.
This sign brought great delight to our Uncle Joe. Julie gave him a silver ribbon off an opened package and he made a hanging sign out of it and wore it around his neck all day. It was priceless. The poor man will hopefully catch a break now. He works harder as a retired man than we did at work every day. What a man!

And this was the picture of the day. I am posting it as often as I can to prove a point. They said we would not do anything with it, so why take it. Well, boys, here you go! Our husbands are not near as thrilled to be in photos as we are. They were all 3 posing for the photo with blank looks on their faces. Aunt Babs had words and told them she wanted a decent picture of them to put on our grandparents grave. She was being funny…and it was He=lar=i=ous! I think she might have partly been serious and that is what makes it funny. I love my Babs!
Matthew knew until they smiled she was going to give them grief, so here you have it! I am going to frame it…for real! Maybe you have to know them in person to get a good laugh out of this, but I think it is stinkin funny!

After a big day with family and a little head injury from playing a little too hard, Henry was a happy boy to be home playing with all his Christmas toys. I hope no one feels the need to bestow any toys or books or CDs or DVDs on my son for a while. We have more than we can play with, read, listen to or watch. I love all the new things and can’t wait to watch him explore all of it. We have the sweetest family to give us so much. Thank each and every one of you for making his 2nd Christmas so merry and bright!

Published by Abby Lee

Celebrating and decorating with purpose is my favorite thing to do. When I am not filling a tree with ornaments or throwing a birthday party for my golden doodle, I am being mom to a super cool tween son, the wife to a fine blue eyed man and selling real estate. I call northeast Arkansas home and when I am not loving on my people or celebrating in our space, I am using words to express myself here or on my podcast. Be sure to follow me! I am the co-author of a blog called Life with My Sister and have a podcast called Abby As-Is. You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

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