December 29, 2011

shippen family christmas party 2011

Every year my family gets together for our Shippen Family Christmas party. Since our family has increased in size and my siblings all have their own little families we have our party a few days before Christmas so everyone can be in their own homes for Christmas Eve & Day. We have our traditional Swedish food {meatballs, potatoes, pickled cucumbers & rice pudding}, gift exchange, and other traditions we do.
My daddy always reads all the grand-kids The Night before Christmas. Still can't believe that there are 12 in the picture and 6 are missing! Love these kiddos! 
This year we did a little nativity. The kids loved their costumes! 
There is something magical about seeing children open presents. It brings back so many fond memories of the magic of Christmas when i was a little girl. It was so fun to see all of their expressions as they opened gifts :) Then we sang a few Christmas Hymns.

Two of my nieces spent the night! We colored, did a fairy puzzle, painted our nails, and watched the movie Parent Trap! They had never seen it and they were giggling the whole time. I forgot how hilarious that movie is :)

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 I sure did miss my two sisters and their families that live out of state.
Hopefully next year we can all be together.

I love my family!


Cris said...

We always do puzzles at Christmas at my house!

Kathy S said...

Looks like an amazing Christmas!


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