Crazy Arnold Christmas

As I mentioned back at Thanksgiving, our family has never been “normal” when it comes to celebrations, but we all love to laugh and have fun and that is the theme of this post!!!

In the last few years we have celebrated with our children on Christmas Eve, leaving Christmas Day for the kids to visit with their spouse’s family. This past celebration was a blast and I wanted to share a bit of the fun with you.

This was the year of the “payback”…..let me explain. For MANY years I have made our kids play games and have contests to get their presents. They have had to pop balloons to get cash out of them, unwrap $5 bills that had been ensconced in toilet paper rolls and even solve a puzzle to open the bank that held their gift.

Each year we hide a “cactus” ornament (as opposed to a pickle) and the winner gets to unwrap a game of some sort and then they play…..for money of course!!! This year was a slapping game and the results were spectacular……

Then, the guys received a boxing “training ball” as a gag gift and we all trooped outside to watch them train…..

Now it was time for payback…..in a big way……

Our sweet kids gave us a Gift Certificate to spend a weekend at a favorite spot. It was SO unexpected and we are looking forward to a weekend away in the near future!!!

The fun continued for the rest of the evening, with Mexican Chicken Spaghetti for dinner and, of course, the opening of lots of presents…..

…..and the annual Christmas family photo……

Christmas day was a quiet affair starting with a morning walk, including a neighborhood trail that I haven’t been on in the 7+ years that we have lived here…..

The morning continued by doing a bit of stitching and watching a great Christmas movie……”DIE HARD”!!!!!!…….

…..lunch from a local Chinese restaurant……

….and ending the day in my studio, enjoying some of my gifts……

As you can see, I have LOTS of things to try in the new year!!

All in all, it was a WONDERFUL holiday!!!! I hope that you also enjoyed a very……

The Stockings were hung…..

When our first child (Brian) was born back in 1985, and my daughter (Jenny) followed in 1987, I was very early into my quilting career. Even so, I knew that I wanted to make quilted stockings for our entire family.

At the time, we were living in Canberra, Australia while my husband finished his PhD and Post-Doctoral fellowship, so Aussie animals seemed the perfect way to go. I used patterns from a book by Margaret Rolfe….

Michael and I were very much into the birds in our neighborhood so a Kookaburra and Sulfur Crested Cockatoo were perfect for us, while the Koala and Kangaroo were great for the kids…..

These four stockings hung proudly over the years and were filled with many fun goodies.

In 2010, Amber was added to our family and another stocking was needed. I tried to think about what she might like and immediately thought of a kitty….one that looks a lot like her cat Wheatley…….

So….with the Jenny’s marriage to Kevin earlier this year, it was time for another stocking. I kept trying to think of something to put on his stocking and finally contacted my daughter to ask her advice……she said an “X-box Controller”!!! Works for me!!!!

Now I can say….the stockings were hung by the chimney with care……

……bring on the holiday season!!!