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Such a delightful weekend — how sweet to have family from every corner perched under our roof for our first Christmas. I think our little row-house was quite bursting with love and good cheer (along with a continual flow of good coffee, spinach dip and uncrackable nuts).

On Christmas eve day, after popping out to see The Tourist with Mr. T’s family, both my new sister in law and I were presented with the most beautiful handmade stockings. My dear mother in law had stitched each sequin on by hand. Oh this picture does not do justice to the expert craftsmanship!

Of course it had birds on it, which just warmed my little heart to no end. On Christmas morning, I woke up to my husband saying that Santa had come! The stockings all had been taken down by the fireplace and were sitting full of little presents (the girls, got beautiful pens, fabulous little leaf journals — 4″X4″, so cute!!!, and then a lovely SBUX giftcard).

This Christmas morning, was full of new traditions for all of us — showers and coffee a must, watching White Christmas, then a pleasant brunch of quiche, bacon and fruit. THEN Christmas gifts! Without doing a complete inventory (although the VS PJs and Real Simple Mag made me coo with delight), the highlights were from my sweet husband: A Russian SBUX Travel Mug (I have no idea how he found this, I didn’t think it was possible to find these anymore), and a beautiful brown and teal Vera bag.

I must say, that it was the thought that counted for all these dear gifts. Such love was shown and given on our little Christmas as Elle Street Inn, I surely was thanking the Lord for his goodness and faithfulness to us all.

Although I didn’t take pictures of the food (too busy hostessing and enjoying family). Here is what the Christmas menu turned out to be:
1. Christmas hickory smoked Smithfield Ham
2. Mashed potatoes and gravy
3. Stuffing (half cornbread, half regular)
4. Texas toast
5. Collard greens
6. Creamed corn
7. Mama B’s homemade applesauce
8. Cranberry sauce
9. French cut green beans
10. Baby dills and pickled okra
11. Selection of blush and red wines

Dessert: Apple crumb pie, pecan pie, cherry pie & pound cake

Appetizers throughout the day included the usual, but my particular fav is the Knorr Spinach Dip (with water chestnuts), and mixed nuts (not for the faint of heart, I can tell YOU!).

And that my friends was the menu & all the goings on at the Elle Street Inn.

Today is a normal Monday for the T’s. I intend to use my fabulous Gap coupon (BOGO!), merely out of principle and then settle down for a quiet evening of sewing (and re-made ham and sauerkraut).

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