Christmas in the Country

We had our last Christmas party this past weekend up in East Texas. This is what I call our "Big Family Christmas" - sometimes it is more like a reunion!! Actually this year, b/c of illness or other issues, this was our smallest group ever. It was still a blast, though and wonderful to get together with family! We had a hayride and bonfire for the kiddos - big and small alike! It wasn't your typical hayride either - we were blazing trails...literally!

Can you spot my little man - he was in his camo, so you know he couldn't be seen!

Christmas in Broaddus
Then we played "the game" - we make homemade gifts or bring a white elephant give and open and steal from everyone! Next year I think we are going to start doing other themes, too like As Seen on TV or Family Games. It's always a riot b/c my brother gets everything stolen from him and gets a little red in the face! Aaron helped him open his present this year...and the big gifts of the night that got stolen were a wooden stool and a very cute Texan scarf - both homemade. Michael Emma ended up with the scarf - go figure!
Christmas in Broaddus
After gifts we headed back outside to the fire, roasted marshmallows, then loaded up on the hayride again to ride out into the pasture for a better view of the fireworks over the pond! It was super cold, but very fun! 
Christmas in Broaddus
It was a great time with family, but we are happy to be home - I think we are holiday'ed out! We had a another gathering at our house last night to ring in the New Year and today I'm making black eyed peas, ham, & cabbage...can't break tradition!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!

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