My little family (mom, dad, me, and the recent addition of husband) have traveled to Severna Park, MD, every year since I was maybe 9 or 10 for Christmas. We go up Christmas Eve and stay with my Aunt Carol and Uncle Larry, mom's only sister. There's always a great crowd with lots of food, wine, and laughs. In September, Aunt Carol had triple bypass surgery, and luckily is recovering very well. But with this, she said she was taking this Christmas off. My cousin Kristin would be the next logical hostess, but she and husband Steve took their kids on a cruise for Christmas. So, I offered! More on that later...
Because this would be the first time ever hosting my extended family for anything, and I had very large shoes to fill, I wanted it to be perfect. And that started with the decorations
I cleaned off everything that's usually on our mantle, so I had a clean slate to work with. I used some fake garland which I doubled up to run along the top, and then an extra piece of red beaded garland that we didn't use on our tree this year.
Just a few other decorations around the house, besides the tree:
Well that's all for now - more later about the Christmas dinner, menu, table settings, and a fun kid activity!