My aunt and uncle moved to Atherton from Piedmont earlier this year. Their house is enormous and the grounds are beautiful, and so it made perfect sense that we would have our big Christmas gathering there. In the day, we just prepared some items to bring over and spent time with the family. We packed for our trip to Tahoe (Teresa had been planning to come, and perhaps with her mother as well, but it looks like that isn't happening because she feels uncomfortable traveling in snowy weather while being pregnant), and then we headed over. Brady's family was over from the Portland, OR area too! It was great to see them. The decorations were beautiful, the great food was plentiful, and the drinks were free-flowing. My dad wanted to abduct Jay's daughter, which would have been pretty easily done with bribes of candy. Teresa had to skip out on a lot of festivities, including drinking (and smoking isn't really a thing for us, but we confiscated a pack from my dad's pocket). And, really, who needs smoking if you can (when you're not pregnant) do family shots?! I vote for shots any day.
And what Christmas party is complete without some kind of wholesome family games? We had the obvious White Elephant, during which I ended up with a really expensive candle (I know, who usually spends $50 on some wax? Not me, which is why winning it in the game was so worth it), and Mike got the gift from Brady's grandma: homemade chocolate chip cookies which were amazing and two hilariously awesome mugs! There was some gift "stealing" within the bounds of the game, though, and my brother was "robbed" of some tasty alcohol. Ah, the nature of the beast. Speaking of wholesome games, we also played that family favorite: Cards Against Humanity. Didn't I say it's a family game? What better way to celebrate each other than through creatively offensive phrasing? Unsurprisingly, or surprisingly if you don't know her, Brady's mom had some ridiculously side-splitting and inappropriate combinations. Of course, she always laid down her cards in a dry, calm manner. Very British?
Sorry you had to miss out, Malinda. We took a family photo with the original Lee cousins, with Brady standing in as your very capable and beloved replacement (uh oh, don't get jealous)! We should do this again next year, maybe. The house is bigger, with lots of room to spare, and there is the pool room and all that to take advantage of. What a nice way to spend Christmas! But the fun won't stop. Tomorrow, we're off to Tahoe!