December 27, 2011 - Christmas Past

I made it through Christmas! I had 16 of us crowded inside for dinner, and we actually managed it. This being our first winter at home in probably fifteen years, maybe more, I wasn't sure I could find room to seat everyone. Usually our family dinners are during the summer, and we have outdoor seating. Our dining room table only seats six. We set up a card table, and brought in the patio table for another eight seats. The teenagers ended up in the TV room, holding plates on their laps, so we actually had empty seats at the tables.

Santa showed up......

.....and brought us presents to open.

Then we had dinner.

Corn Chowder
Baked Ham
Scalloped Potatoes
Green Beans (from the 2011 garden)
Cole Slaw
Deviled Eggs
Relish Tray
Crescent Rolls
Jalapeno Corn Muffins
Raspberry Jam (2011 garden)
Jalapeno Jelly (2011 garden)
Pumpkin Pie/Whipped Cream
Apple Pie
Christmas Cookies

Mr. Granny sneaked off for a nap while everyone was still here! I'll have to speak to him about his manners. Luckily, our guests were just our kids and grandchildren, so they really don't care if Grandpa goes off to bed.....just as long as Grandma keeps the food coming.

We had a wonderful day with our family. I hope all of you also had a wonderful Christmas day.


  1. I bet you were happy to be home for Christmas. Looks like you had fun and the menu... mmm...mmm good!

  2. Looks like you had a great party and a lovely meal! Merry Christmas to you and Mr. Granny and I hope your new year is filled with garden bounty and lots of laughter and good health.

  3. Liisa, I certainly am happy to be home for Christmas. Cold, but happy ;-)

    Kitsap, I wish the same for you and yours. May our gardens exceed the (meager) bounty of 2011!

  4. Doesn't matter if they had to sit on the floor even, I'm sure! I bet your family was just so happy to have you there and everyone together! Yummy menu!

  5. A full house! I bet it was nice to celebrate Christmas with your family this year. At least Mr. Granny snuck off for a nap. I remember my grandfather used to doze off right in the middle of the living room filled with family talking and kids yelling. When sleepiness comes, you must heed the call :)

  6. Erin, yes. I think they were happy to have us home. Opening presents together was nice, too. I think they liked that better than opening a card with a check in it. I actually enjoyed shopping for them!

    Rachel, Mr. Granny always naps in bed. He has to....Annie and Otto need the space. There's not enough room for the three of them in the recliner ;-) I think the afternoon nap with Grandpa is the highlight of their day!

  7. What a blessing to be able to enjoy Christmas this year with your family!!

  8. Glad to hear you all had a wonderful time!!

  9. I love your little Santa! I bet this was the best Christmas you have had in a long long time!