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Christmas Eve 2009

Posted Dec 24 2009 6:07pm

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
There’ll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs, but it’s totally stuck in my head now! Just saying. Life could be worse. ;-)

Christmas Eve at my grandparents’ house was wonderful as always. My “Grammie” kept things simple this year with a buffet-style dinner of mostly appetizers and lighter fare, which left my stomach lots of room for dessert! ;-)

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Baked brie = heaven.

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My plate included a little bit of everything, including salad, roasted cauliflower, stuffed mushrooms, buffalo chicken dip, and a cheesy-bacon biscuit.

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After dinner, it was time for dessert. I sort of went crazy with the chocolate. :oops:

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The reason: dark chocolate fondue!

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I could not stop dipping!

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Holy yum! These are just some of my chocolate dips. A bunch went undocumented.

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I also drank a glass of Chardonnay over the course of the evening.

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And, then I had more chocolate.

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Did you know that two of my aunts are chocolatiers?

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Tis the season! ;-)

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After dessert, it was time for the Yankee Swap. My grandma had everyone randomly pick a numbers from a sand pail to determine our picking order.

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Here’s my mom channeling her inner blogger. ;-)

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We had nearly 20 people participate in the Yankee Swap this year.

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Before the Yankee Swap began, we played a game called “Who’s That Baby” that my aunt, Jane, created. She pasted baby pictures of family members on two boards and asked each team to guess who’s who.

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That’s me!

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It was actually pretty tough! A lot of us looked the same as babies!

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I’m not sure which team won, but somehow Mal’s name ended up below one of the photos?

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My grandparents had the final say, but even they weren’t 100% sure of a few!

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As always, there were some “great” gifts in the Yankee Swap this year.

Highlights: a mosaic rooster.

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A Snuggie, which again got traded a number of times. I swear, I’m missing something with the Snuggies. Do I need one of these things?

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And Mal picked this lovely wall hanging of a woman. Luckily, he ended up with a set of Patriots pint glasses instead.

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Somehow, I scored a pound of Starbucks Christmas Blend, so I was psyched! (Thanks, Andrea!)

After the Christmas Eve festivities at my grandparents’ house, Mal and I headed home to relax. I immediately changed into my PJs while Mal and Murphy built a fire.

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Pugs are so helpful.

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The three of us are just chilling in front of the fireplace now. Life is good. :-D

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Mal and I are having Christmas morning with my mom bright and early at her house and then we’re off to the airport.

See ya from the West coast!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

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