1.01.2011

Christmas with My Family on New Years

After we ate our New Year's Day lunch we played the White Elephant Gift Exchange game. We set the limit to $10 per person and everyone brought a gift for his or her own gender. We divided up the ladies and the gents and each group drew numbers and we played two rounds of the game. There were so many laughs and we liked doing this much better than the traditional gift exchange. We just felt like there is too much emphasis put on gifts, so we wanted more focus to be on the real reason for season and on spending time together more than the gifts themselves. I highly recommend this gift exchange game! We had only one rule-NO HARD FEELINGS!
My sister telling us all the rules My sweet girls: Courtney, me, Tiffany, Sarah, and AnnaJoshthe year of the blanketsSharonMama-Anna ended up with this frameSarah got a Target gift cardAnna opened the gift I bought-jewelry, a belt and headband from Forever 21, which Courtney ended up taking home :)
I got a really pretty black mirror. My mama brought it and she got it at Hobby Lobby :) I ended up with it, too!Logan opening his gifts-he got trucks, a belt, a jacket, and some other cool thingsBrandon lounging in my pink chairBrad opened his own gift-a roll of toilet paper with $15 stuffed insideTiff opened a really cute scarf...I don't remember who all ended up with what, but it was a lot of fun and I think everyone was happy with what they ended up with. No hard feelings... After all of the extended family left on Saturday night, Mama gave us our Christmas gifts. We were so glad the she and Tiffany and Brad were staying an extra night! We begged Mama to ease off on giving us so many gifts this year, and thankfully she did. But, she still spoiled us :) Thank you, Mama!I got delegated to read the story of Christmas before we opened giftsMonogrammed dinner napkins-I got 6 in aqua and 6 in silverTiffany and Brad with their "M" napkins Monogrammed "P" blanketBoxes full of goodies :)Brandon and Brad got UGA shirts, jackets, and a toboggan. They also got new wallets, monogrammed ties, socks and chocolates. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." 1 Peter 1:3

6 comments:

  1. Aww looks like a lot of fun.. A wonderful Christmas.. and What was in that box of goodies?

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  2. I love playing that game!! We have done it several years, but we didn't do it this year! Now I definitely wish that we would have!! I love that monogrammed blanket...it's so gorgeous!!

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  3. Wow it looks like you and your fam had a wonderful christmas and brought in the new year fabulous :) family time is SO great! Santa was good to you clearly , and i want to know what was in the box of goodies too!!! :) thx for guest blogging for me! im home safe and sound and i've posted my blog on what i was so busy doing!

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  4. Love that game! We call it "dirty santa" though :) we play at Phillips family and its always so fun! How nice to have everyone at your house too! All the monogrammed goodies make me smile! we belles like our monograms don't we :)
    Much Love friend!

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  5. I believe that monogrammed goodies are one of my favorite Southern things, yours are so cute! Looks like y'all had a wonderful time together!

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  6. Looks like you guys had lots of fun! I love all the monogrammed girfts! They are gorgeous!

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