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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas 2012 ~ It's A Wrap

Around our home December is filled with many activities. Getting the Christmas decor out and up; my birthday; Christmas celebration visits and presents and reflecting on  the blessings we have received throughout the year.
While daddy surprised mommy with a new handbag; Dolce and Gabbana refused to be out done. They surprised mommy with a Christian Bernard watch. 

Christmas Eve we celebrate with Angel P's family and our extended family. Traditional home cooked Portuguese meal and lots of smiles and laughs, as the children get to open the gifts from Auntie C. and Uncle G.

Miss A. is growing up and is quickly becoming an elegant lady. Her first pearls, she was delighted and wanted to wear the new pearl set right away. She will also be busy enjoying her love of baking with  the new  waffle stick maker.

Young Master J. is all about dinosaurs and the two play sets will be entertaining him for hours. 

Miss M. is both niece and God daughter, and despite being 3 years younger than her sister, is becoming quite the little fashionista.  She was over the moon thrilled with her new Gucci belt, which will be sure to hold her pants up on her slim frame. Hello Kitty is a favourite ... but this fashionista loves her Teddy Bears.

There was no sleeping in Christmas morning ... we may not have children, but our furbabies are just as excited to see what Santa may have brought them. 
 
After being good little furbabies and not going under the tree or Pawing at the gifts under it for the past few weeks, they quickly claimed their spot as gifts were cleared away. Gabbana was a bit more interested in the ribbon than the Ralph Lauren sweater Santa brought her and Dolce didn't let his sweater wearing deter him from helping daddy open his gifts.

Mommy and daddy received beautiful gifts from the furbabies.


Christmas Day afternoon some friends stopped by for cocktails, tea/coffee and homemade (yes, the Kitchen Aide mixer and Wolf oven ovens were busy for a couple days leading up to Christmas Eve) treats of shortbread cookies, gingerbread cake, chocolate cake, lemon honey cake and red velvet cupcakes!

The best part of Christmas celebrations is sharing the joy of Christmas Eve with loved ones and listening to children talk about the gift God gave us so long ago ~ that keeps on giving to each of us. With my family be far away we were able to see them via FaceTime (a bonus of technology) and share a little bit of Christmas day with them.

By the end of Christmas day ... Dolce and his exhausted yawn, pretty much summed up how we were all feeling. Now we will enjoy a few days of rest, while waiting with anticipation for 2013 to arrive. 

What was your favourite part of Christmas this year?




12 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas! Our own Christmas was wonderful, my girl and I both received Miche purses and we both feel so spoiled!
    Your photos are amazing, glad you were so spoiled!

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  2. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas, filled with family, friends, and food. The children and the furbabies are adorable! Hope 2013 brings you joy, peace, and good health.
    xo, Beth

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  3. What a fabulous christmas! Looks like everyone got spoiled. I love your christmas tree. So purrtay!

    Merry Christmas!

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  4. Looks like a busy and fun time for you with family Christmas Eve and your personal time on Christmas Day Celia.
    My favourite part is seeing the grands keep the magic of Christmas alive through their excitement.
    All the best for 2013.
    Judith

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  5. My favorite part was after the gifts were open and we adults sat down to a leisurely breakfast while the youngsters played with their new "toys".

    A nice nap then a walk in the afternoon and then to my Mom and Dad's to visit without any rushing around whatsoever :)

    We also got snow which made a beautiful White Christmas :)

    Now to enjoy the rest of Christmas break with the family...

    Colletta

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  6. Dearest Celia,
    What a joyful and lovely post with your extended family. Those girls had a ball, one could tell. Your fur babies also behaved sweet and how Dolce helped his Daddy unwrap. Thanks for sharing all this.
    We had a lovely Christmas Eve dinner at our favorite restaurant and than midnight Mass. It was lovely. A lazy day and lots on the phone with relatives far away...
    Hugs to you both,
    Mariette

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  7. Celia it looks like a wonderful Christmas time with your pupsters! Oooh and so many goodies!

    Wishing you a wondrous Holiday and All the best in the year ahead!

    Love and Hugs,
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  8. Merry Christmas Celia, wishing you all the best in the new year! Your Christmas tree looks fabulous & those goodies look delicious. Your furbabies are so adorable. My favorite part was having my kids home for the holidays!
    hugs,
    Lisa

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  9. Hi Celia, wishing you a wonderful Christmas season; I love to see the kids and all the pressies....and the trays of food with friends stopping by, how wonderful! How French of you! all best~ A

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  10. Looks like a fun and festive Christmas! Your house is looking great!

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  11. It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for sharing these personal and beautiful photos! Have a great weekend!
    xo
    Sharon

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  12. Dear Celia,
    It looks like you had a beautiful holiday! So fun to share it with the kids, isn't it? And your sweet little furbabies...oh my goodness. Priceless photos under the tree. Everything looked so beautiful Celia.
    I received your card and letter on Christmas Eve and it made my day. Your letters and encouraging words always mean so much.
    I'm so blessed to call you friend.
    Love and Hugs to you,
    Mary

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