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I can't believe that Christmas will be here in a week!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008
I'm almost finished with decorating, but I have done absolutely no Christmas shopping. There is actually a little method to my madness or perhaps madness to my method? We are having our 10th (I think, it could be 9th or 11th, we can't really remember) annual Christmas open house. We invite friends, neighbors, relatives, coworkers, people from church and anyone else we can think of! They can stop by to visit and get something to eat anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Yes, you read that correctly...9-6...9 HOURS! I convinced Rod to shorten the party and he actually changed the time from 9-7, so we cut the party from 10 hours to 9 hours! We have breakfast items from 9-11:30, lunch items from 11:30-3:00 and dinner items from 3-5. Included in every mealtime are Rod's famous cinnamon rolls! He makes....are you ready for this???? 24 DOZEN!!! If the weather is nice we eat most of them because we usually have 200-225 people stop by! I know it's crazy, but it's really a lot of fun. I no longer do any of the cooking or any of the serving. We get some delicious food from a local restaurant (Wheatfields) and two wonderful young woman who have helped us with this party for the last three years will be coming again doing the setting up, serving, cleaning and even answering the door if I need help! So basically all I have to do is sit around and talk. And eat. It really is fun.

Here is our tree:


This is my "Peggy Karr Tree." I'm am a huge Peggy Karr freak. In fact, someone actually called me a "Peggy Karr Stalker!" If you are unfamiliar with Peggy Karr, you really should go to: http://www.peggykarrglass.com



In terms of Christmas presents, I'm not worrying about buying anything until after this party. Most of what I'm buying are going to be gift certificates, which is pretty easy. Plus, Rod, Nick, Chris and I have decided that we are not buying each other any gifts this year. We have more than we want or need. The only thing we're short on is time together. So, we decided to nix the gift-buying and just focus on spending time together. It's going to be a great Christmas.

Asa...AKA "Skinny-Minnie"...
AKA "Mr. Anxiety"



Haver...AKA "Fatty-Fatty-Bo-Batty"...
AKA "Mr. I'm So Happy That No One Thinks I'm A Bully Any More!"

10 comments to I can't believe that Christmas will be here in a week!!:

Colleen said...

Your open house sounds like so much fun!! I would love to be there if I was able to travel all that far. I'd eat at least one of those dozens of cinnamon rolls! LOL!

Hugs,
Colleen :)

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Nancy said...

Your Open House is a great gift to give to your friends, and their presence is their gift to you. Enjoy every minute of the day and give yourself permission to rest and recharge afterwards.

Teddybear said...

Wow can I come too? Sounds like it will be a blast. Have fun and enjoy yourself. With that many people you might even get a chance to sneak away for a little nap/rest if you need it.

I love the trees, and the dogs getting along with one another? That would be great for you. Love you and may you have a Blessed Christmas. Love Deb.

Barbarb Howard said...

Oh your tree is just lovely and so are the dogs by the way. sounds like you all are going to be having a lot of fun. cooking and all. that sounds like a good idea, I love to cook, I may try that sometime. I love homemade cinnamon rolls, I do mine on thanksgiving and freeze them for christmas also, so I don't have to do them twice.
have a wonderful christmas my friend and stay healthy.
barbara

Jen said...

Wow..I wanna stop on by..sounds like a great time..You just visit and enjoy all the friends and family:))..and of course have a few
cinnamon rolls;)
Your trees are beautiful:)
The Boys are darlings...LOL

You all have a very Merry Christmas:)) Take care

Love & hugs,
Jen

Merle said...

Amazing what you are doing Annette, I'm wondering if I know 250 people -- well not counting my phriends... :o)
I think its a great idea to spend more on presence than presents.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas wish I could be there.

Merle
Smiling is contagious

Kristi said...

I hope you enjoyed your open house and boys. Your dogs look great with the head bands. Georgeous animals. Be warm and take care.

Happy New Year,

Kristi

Kathy said...

The dogs are too cute...nice trees:) Have a Happy New Year!

The Admiral said...

Um, if I made my dogs wear stuff like that on their heads, we would have to give them drugs, too.

Perhaps it is all your sartorial choices?