21 responses

  1. Belle de Ville
    December 26, 2009

    It sounds like you had a very lovely Christmas.
    Really, what could be better than to be surrounded by family sharing a delicious meal and listening to great music.

  2. Duchesse
    December 26, 2009

    It's a delicate orchestration with that many people and stories! Thanks to each of you, a wonderful memory, especially for your parents. The older I gets the more I appreciate the goodwill we bring to make an occasion 'special'- It takes a contribution from everyone old enough to cut his own roast.

  3. the gardeners cottage
    December 26, 2009

    Isn't that the truth. Some years are better than others and we should all remember that!

    I just found you blog and I have to say I'm quite smitten. I will be 52 next week and can relate to so much of which you write. I have just found my new "uniform" for daily life and it was not easy. But it was necessary. Low- rise jeans, gone. Too low-cut tops, gone. Uncomfortable shoes, good-bye.

    a new fan,


  4. Rebecca
    December 26, 2009

    Good for you! We'll be 16 on Sunday. Eight adults and 8 children under the age of 8. I'm taking a deep breath and practicing "good-will" in my imagination.

  5. Her Preppiness
    December 26, 2009

    Sounds like a great Christmas.

  6. Leah
    December 26, 2009

    What a beautiful way to spend Christmas… it's really all about the family.

  7. hostess of the humble bungalow
    December 26, 2009

    Love the family scene that you let us share.
    Food sounds yummy too!
    I love that your Mother gave your daughter a family heirloom, it probably felt so good for her to gift this piece on this special day. Is the name on the medallions perchance the name of your daughter?
    Grateful is how I feel after our family gathering here yesterday, 2 moms, one 92 one 82 and the rest of the clan. Even after sending home dinners for the moms we are having leftover turkey for dinner with all the trimmings tonight. Gratitude is humbling.

  8. Pink Preppy Party Girl
    December 26, 2009

    This is great and wise advice.

  9. see you there!
    December 27, 2009

    Wonderful, you are right about everyone bringing their will to make it happy. So nice to hear that your day was a winner.


  10. JMW
    December 27, 2009

    Ah, the politics of the holidays – I know them well. Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

  11. Tish Jett
    December 27, 2009

    It sounds like it was wonderful. I've always wanted to be part of a big family. (A little late now. . .) Some say it's overrated, but somehow I doubt it.

    Thank you again for everything.


  12. Bumby Scott
    December 27, 2009

    It sounds like you had fun filled, relaxing and grateful Christmas.I must agree with..hostess of the humble bungalow, about the necklace, what memories.

    Bumby Scott

  13. ELS
    December 27, 2009

    I hope that you had a wonderful time, sounds like mine – lots of delicious food and singing. Extremely wise advice too – the striving for perfection is pernicious. We were floored by flight delays and illnesses and just thought what the hell. And it works – if the people are there, it's all that really matters. SOOO enjoying your blog and getting to know you and wish you all that you hope for yourself for 2010

  14. smiles4u
    December 27, 2009

    How nice! Your Christmas sounds perfectly lovely. I'm glad! XX Lori

  15. Buckeroomama
    December 28, 2009

    Sounds lovely. Mustering goodwill, especially during Christmas, always a sound idea.

  16. Miss Cavendish
    December 28, 2009

    Good food and goodwill are key ingredients. It sounds like you had a lovely day; wishing you the same for your new year!

  17. Sher
    December 28, 2009

    Good food and good drink brings about goodwill ;) I know….

  18. Pink Martini
    December 29, 2009

    So glad you enjoyed the day. A very happy new year to you too. :)

  19. Patsy
    December 29, 2009

    I like the combination of family tradition, gratitude, generosity of spirit and technology ;-)

  20. LPC
    December 29, 2009

    Patsy, I hadn't noticed the themes, but you are right.

  21. Giovanna
    December 31, 2009

    this is perfect. people should print this list out before big holiday gatherings as a guide…
    just wanted to say i'm glad i came across your blog this year, and have a happy new year!

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