Home for the Holidays

Going home for the Holidays and spending time with family is what I look forward to every year.

We usually spend Christmas Eve at my aunts house where she cooks more food then we can ever eat and gin and tonics were on the bar menu.


Growing up, my dad and his brother always took albums worth of pictures of us kids, and as we've gotten older the gene has been passed down.

We prefer the candid shots.


My sweet baby cousin Jaelyn.


Cookies by the dozen!

Days before Christmas my aunt also has my cousins baking all different types of cookies - non are store bought all are delicious!

I couldn't stop eating the pecan ones.


Guests entered and left through this door all of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

It is Venezuelan tradition to open gifts at midnight on Christmas Eve, so we usually start opening at around 12:30am and not finish till about 2am.

Followed by more drink, coffee and dessert so we really don't end up going to bed until 4-5am.


We started a Secret Santa tradition about three years ago and this year it was fun seeing what people got the new members of the family - My cousins' wife Andrea and my sister's fiancee David.



My sister got Andrea her favorite sushi in pillow form, which she held onto and didn't put down the rest of the night.

 My cousin Briana got David a dry-fit Portugal shirt, which when we opened the room erupted in a "PORTUGAL!" chant we usually save for game days. I have a feeling this is how we are going to sworn in all of the new male members to our families. 


Pretty wrapping from my Secret Santa!

Andrea got me this fabulous Baggu pouch.


Poor Franklin  puppy was exhausted by the end of the festivities.


ZZzzZZZ


A few minutes later we found him in a different position with a blanket and pillow. Someone can't hang...hehe jk.


I spent the next day having breakfast and drinking mimosas with my family before jumping on a train to Long Island to meet up with the boy's family who also know how to have a great time!

It was so much fun switching it up this year and doing something a bit different complete with a song circle and an intense game of white elephant where I won a mixology set.

Bring in the cocktails for New Years 2016!!!!

-Stephanie

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