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Diy, thrifty home decor decorating ideas on a budget. Painting furniture, stenciling projects. Turning trash to treasure.

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Eve of Christmas... {newbie party on}

Well, well, Merry Christmas everyone! 
Hope you are all enjoying your day!
I thought I would throw up the Newbie party link, and whomever shows up, shows up!

We had a wonderful Christmas eve, and I wanted to share some pics, and something fun I did with my boys.

Alex is 14 and Jack is 10.  As you may have read recently the cat is out of the bag for Jack, that Santa really is not existent and does not bring the presents....

sigh, yes a very sad day.

{Napkin holders from my sweet friend Ginger}
However, I wanted to make it fun.
Normally, we open Christmas morning.

This year I called the boys downstairs  {Christmas eve night} and said I have a little something fun for you!
How about we play a family fun trivia game and you have to answer three questions at a time before I give you a gift?
WOW, did they ever act fast on that one.

The questions were all related to the family, and them of course... ie...
what was your Kindergarten teachers name?
who was your very first friend?
what is Dad's favorite TV show?
What was Jack's favorite toy to play with when he was 3? etc. etc....

They really enjoyed it, and so did Mike and I!

Today has been a chillin' day for us.
I have a home made pot of sauce on now, the kids are quiet and playing, and me...
well...I have already starting taking down some Christmas stuff.

Getting ready for some Winter decor.
Sharing my story with Donna from Funky junk interiors
Let' s party..

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Blogger Desire Empire said...

Hi Debbie. Thanks for the opportunity to show off. I posted my seaside style book give away as I didn't read that you are against giveaways being linked up. sorry if that's not allowed.

Hope you Chrsitmas was wonderful.
Carolyn xx

December 25, 2011 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Kathy Owen, Petticoat Junktion said...

Hi Debbie, I love the pictures of the boys and I think it's great to make new traditions. I have 99 followers and I am not partying this week. I just know I will hit 100 soon! Thank you for hosting the party for us newbies. I will continue to read your blog, wouldn't miss it! Merry Christmas, Kathy

December 25, 2011 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane said...

Hi Debbie...alas I am now too old for your weekly party (I finally made it over 100 followers mark and I am older than 6 months) but I still love stopping by.

Hope you are enjoying a blessed Christmas with family and/or friends.

Merry Christmas!!!

December 25, 2011 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sounds like y'all had some fun with the trivia game. Good idea. I am so ready to get this dead tree out of here tomorrow.

December 25, 2011 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Sonny G said...

Sounds like you all had fun:) thats always a good thing.

I made sause this morning and let it simmer all day..

I'll be visiting when folks get linked up.. I always like visiting the new folks.

December 25, 2011 at 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a great tradition to start with the boys christmas eve, nice .
Your boys are so very handsome, one looks like like you quite abit and the other like your hubby, although both have a bit of both, the switch over to winter decor is a good thing, I feel the same,, christmas is over and I'm ready to take it all down,,

December 25, 2011 at 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie Dear! You're the best mother as that games sounds like lots of fun. I believed in Santa until a class mate told me - I was devastated! Merry Christmas, dear one!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

December 25, 2011 at 6:58 PM  
Blogger kt said...

Merry Christmas to you & thank you for hosting.

December 25, 2011 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger Desire Empire said...

Hi Debbie

You must think I am such a clutz. Sorry for not adding the link to the shark fin cake post. I must had added it to another as I know I did it twice. Thanks so much for the reminder and I shall do it straight away

December 25, 2011 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Desire Empire said...

Done now!!! Apologies again. I don't usually forget.Sorry

December 25, 2011 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger reFresh reStyle said...

What a fun evening! Hope you and your family had a great Christmas!

December 25, 2011 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Debbie, I can't believe you are already taking the Christmas down. I just got ours up! LOL
Cute idea to play a game with the gifts. ~ Sarah

December 25, 2011 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Glenda/MidSouth said...

I remember going thru "them finding out" with my children, but it did not seem to bother them - more of a "oh - ok" type situation. My daughter said my grandson knows, but won't admit it. :D
I started to put some decor away a bit ago, but guess I will wait til tomorrow.
Have a great week!

December 25, 2011 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

What a fun family game. Happy Holidays!

December 25, 2011 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger Velvet Over Steel said...

Sounds like a Great game and new family tradition, Debbie! Glad you had a wonderful Christmas!!

December 25, 2011 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Debbie I love the trivia idea, sounds like a lot of fun! I bet your boys had a blast! I still have 2 that believe but I am not sure how much longer with my son:(

December 25, 2011 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger xinex said...

What a fun game, Debbie. I am sure you all had a great time and had lots of laughs.Merry Christmas and have a prosperous new year!...Christine

December 25, 2011 at 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's such a great idea!! I think I will be borrowing it if you don't mind:D Happy Holidays!

December 25, 2011 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger giorno26 ¸¸.•*¨*•. said...

Hi Debbie,
amo molto guardare "l'interno" della tua casa che trovo veramente magnifica !
E' bello vedere i tuoi ragazzi come partecipano alle tue iniziative di decoro !
Buone feste :))

December 26, 2011 at 4:46 AM  
Blogger Terriea Kwong said...

Such a fun and warm game to share and handing the gifts. The boys are smart. Wish you another successful year.

December 26, 2011 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger The Decorative Dreamer said...

That is a sad time when they figure it out about ole Santa, but I still label some gifts from Santa anyway. My boys always chuckle about that. I love your game, especially because it is centered around the family. Great idea! Merry Christmas to all of you!

December 26, 2011 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Glad that you had a nice Christmas. I feel like I have "jet lag" now. I can finally rest though. Ha! (Well sort of)
That game you played sounded fun. I bet you all learned alot about each other too.

December 26, 2011 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Steph. :) said...

Deb I love your dining room with those awesome windows!!! I remember when my oldest found out about Santa. The younger one never believed (wierd, huh?). It gets easier! Blessings, Steph.

December 26, 2011 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

Sounds like you had a fun game with the boys! Things like that are what make Christmas so special.

I woke up wondering if I dared start taking Christmas decor down and decided I didn't because the little girls haven't had their Christmas sleepover yet...well, there's always next week!

Merry Monday- xo Diana

December 26, 2011 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

What a fun game to play with the boys! I am fighting the urge to take everything down!!!
I think I will just enjoy the day instead. Hubby is off, so we may catch another movie. We went to see We Bought A Zoo last night with two of our kids after leaving my brother's house. Cute movie.

December 26, 2011 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Everything looks beautiful Debbie! It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas Eve!

Happy New Year!

December 26, 2011 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

Debbie, I totally messed up! I am link numbers 20, 21 and 22. I only wanted number 21. I am so sorry! Can you tell that I am still learning? I am trying to figure out how to delete the other two, but I can't yet.

December 26, 2011 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Ruby Jean said...

Oh it sounds like you guys had a LOT of FUN!! I still can't believe it Christmas has Come and Gone!!! Looking forward to some Normal Blogging again.. That is if there is such a thing as NORMAL Blogging :) Have a wonderful day...

December 26, 2011 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger ღ Jans Life According To Milo ღ said...

Sounds like you all had a great Christmas even though Jack no longer waits for Santa to bring his presents. : ).. You all can start to incorporate all kinds of other traditions now, and the trivia game sounds like a great one! Glad you all had a great holiday!

December 26, 2011 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Liesl said...

Your tablescape looks lovely as always, Debbie! I hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas and that you new year 2012 is just as magical!

Liesl :)

December 26, 2011 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger ~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your home always looks like make everything so nice! I'm relaxing this afternoon...time to visit some newbies! Holiday hugs! ♥♥♥

December 26, 2011 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Hi Debbie...just wanted to pop in and see how your Christmas went. Maddie(granddaugher), turned 10 in November, and figured out Santa wasn't "real" this year too. It was sad for ALL of us!!
It sounds like you had a fun holiday tho! You are always so creative!!
Have fun with the newbie party!

December 26, 2011 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

You are such a great Mom Debbie! I wouldn't know what to do with two boys. :) Sounds like a lot of fun!

December 26, 2011 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Debbie, what a cute game to play with your it! I know it's sad when they grow up and find out about "Santa." I'm not sure when my son figured it out because he surely didn't let on. I think he was worried the gifts might slow down. lol
Happy New Year, friend!

December 27, 2011 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

It is so sad when the truth about Santa is revealed.

Thank you for hosting!

OH, yes it was truly a mistake on my part but I linked up twice.......So Sorry!

Thank you again for hosting.

December 27, 2011 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

Debbie the pics of your boys are cute... I'm happy I didn't miss this party because it's now my last, I finally made over 100 followers. Ummm, but my sixth month of posting isn't until January so perhaps I can make one more party! (smile) Merry Christmas!

December 27, 2011 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Zaichick the flying rabbit (aka Shannon K. Thomson) said...

I am adding my linky, but as I am super new at this, I still am trying to find out how to leave a link back to you!

December 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger fiona anderson said...

Hi Debbie, thanks for hosting a link party for us newbie's ! I followed a couple of days ago and have been madly trying to get something finished, to write a new post.
Off to check out the others.
Best wishes for New Year, Fiona

December 27, 2011 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger farmhouse-story said...

thanks for hosting--i'm joining for the first time:)

December 27, 2011 at 6:05 PM  
Blogger Rebecca Scott (aka Otter) said...

So I'm a tad too late for this linky party but allow me to just say THANK YOU! As a brand spanking new blogger (got my first follower recently) it's very hard to really get your work out there. It's easy to get lost in the throng of experienced bloggers and I can see why people get intimidated. Also, while followers are nice for me, I'm honestly not all that worried about how many I get as each one would be precious, but it's really nice to be able to come here as a newbie and see the others like me who are starting. I know my comments to them will mean a lot and they could really use the encouragement so thanks for helping me find those who really need a kind word. ;)

December 29, 2011 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Tamara Jansen said...

stopped in from Funky Junk. Gotta love Christmas with grown kids, eh? So much fun :)

December 30, 2011 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Laura Everyday Edits said...

stopped by from funky junk. My boys are similar ages and yes it was a little rough this year. Loved your new tradition. That's what we are focusing on too! Happy New Year!
xo, laura

December 30, 2011 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Funky Junk Interiors said...

What a neat idea! I love how it evokes conversation. I may have to steal this one for next year. :)


December 31, 2011 at 1:29 AM  

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