For 30 years my mother hosted a totally old school Christmas party.
The kind of party where generations come together and the house is bursting at the seams and the table is overflowing with the kind of food people bring in zipped up casserole containers.
The kind of party where people play games and there are singing competitions and drink hot chocolate with mini marshmallows and there are sprinkles all over the floor.
The kind of party where guests bundle up in coats and hats and mittens and stroll the streets of town and sing to neighbors and twinkling Christmas trees everywhere.
And everyone leaves the party with a full tummy and a smile and a wave–humming a Christmas carol as they go.
30 years of old school.
One day my father passed away and she sold the house and the Christmas carols went silent.
Until last night.
I wish you could see how full my heart is right now.
I wish you see the happy tears filling my eyes.
I wish you could have been here to see the house ring with joy.
Here’s to another 30 years.
Let’s see what the internet has been up to this week:
I’m posting my Christmas lights tour on Christmas Eve.
But in the meantime?
Here’s one of my favorite twinkling house tours.
Click here to see the tour.
Hello Christmas Eve.
Don’t these cookies look like they need to welcome Santa?
Recipe found here.
Isn’t this the cutest hot chocolate bar?
I love the idea of tucking napkins and spoons and candy canes into individual mugs.
And pin this post for after Christmas.
It’s full of ideas on how to start getting ready for next year.
And in random news this week:
This Christmas table
This simple wall art DIY
These simple gift wrap ideas
These FREE printable cards
This IKEA hack
For the gift that’s hard to wrap
You will need coffee.
One more for the road.
Here’s another post to pin for after Christmas.
It’s all about getting yourself and your house organized after the holidays.