Things were absolutely a WHIRLWIND the whole month of December. I was REALLY busy at the store on top of all of the wonderful seasonal things to include on my daily "to do" list. Christmas with my family was a lot of fun, and it makes me chuckle when I begin to put photos together to respond to your interest. Here Goes........
I try to watch what I eat daily and Christmas is always a great excuse to indulge guilt free. I have had this recipe for awhile and tried it for Christmas Eve morning. I think I have heard it called Monkey bread (does it look like a monkey?) it was deelish! SOO much butter and cinnamon. I think three of us had the whole thing polished off by Christmas morning...
Christmas Eve night was at my Sister Danielle's where my mother carried on her tradition of the seven fishes including stuffed lobsters.....
This is one of the pictures that started the theme, everyone brings out their red attire with a sense of humor....My husband Roger included, second from the left, and I'm sorry I cut my brother-in-law Mark in half. LOL
My youngest son Adam and I are enjoying fried calamari! My sister Denise is in the background. You can see my Sister's Christmas tree to the right... It is imperfectly BEAUTIFUL!! PLENTY of open room to hang your ornaments. My son, Ryan complained one year when I bought a tree at Walmart where they don't even let you open the netting for $29.00. That did not go over well with Ryan, chief of Christmas tree police. He is one of those obsessive Christmas tree Kooks who likes a perfect sheared FULL Christmas tree triangle, The bigger the better. Once your kids move out they have to have PERFECTION when they come home for the holidays so we agreed each year he would go out and buy AND decorate the tree. He puts it up Thanksgiving weekend and then I spend a month worrying everytime we have a fire because it's so DRY!! Last year our tree rivaled the Rockefeller Center tree in size AND he even had to prune it to barely fit in the family room. Everyone who stopped by during the season commented "Wow, great tree!!" I was embarassed as there was no room for anything else in the room, we had to remove seating...so silly!
My sister, Nicole and her hubby Tom looking cute!
My Granddaughter, Madison discovering a ring pop for the first time in her maroon velvet.
Garland for the bannister....
I take fresh sprigs and just place them on top of the artwork. These are just 2 of the herbiers in my powder room. I have more available $145.00 ea. in simpler frames.
This year I placed this small tree in the dining room. The angels were from my childhood.
I love stone indoors and use the swan as a centerpiece filled with silver pears and balls on fresh greens. Her necklace is a crown I wore at Christmastime when I was a child.
I place red bows on the chandeliers. The iron figural sculpture on the right is one of my favorites and, yes I MUST get new window treatments. (My design New Year's resolution) The ceiling color is Farrow and Ball mouse's back and the chandelier is Italian from France.
I use this tablecloth somewhere every holiday. My Grandparents, who enjoyed the holidays so very much, brought it back from Italy for me in 1977 and it makes me feel as if they are with us still.... You can also see how the light eventually burned the ribbon...glad I was home for that one!
Madison and I made this gingerbread house and I have it atop an antique sled on my island.
Don't laugh!! I LOVE my swan even though it gives some of my family the creeps!
mirror close up with mercury glass beads....
Okay, so we voted down the TurDucHen for next year even though I thought it was okay. I generally don't get excited for entrees. Between the eggplant rollatini, Denise's scalloped potatoes and the cheesecake with chocolate fudge pockets I was happy!
The men sat for at least 2 hours after the meal drinking port! I think the experience was enhanced with the old hotel silver tray server and the spiced chocolate alongside.
The 18th century chopping block with the large knife attached makes the stilton taste better.
I was inspired by Katie when I did my mantle and, although my birch tree came down this Fall I rescued the branches to decorate with.
My mother gave me this Santa years ago .....
Okay, so here is our "scaled down " tree this year. Don't love it at all. How will I be able to get a Charlie Brown tree next year so I can use more of my ornaments?? With this bush you just cant HANG anything??
I just LOVE Maddy's face here when she was eyeing her gifts....
Switching gears to New Year's Day for the annual plunge in the Lake!
The Lorber family took things to a new level.
Started by my husband 6 years ago, the crowd has been growing from the original 5 lonely polar bear plungers. Even I did it once and I thought I was having a heart attack. One year we had to send my sons ahead to break the ice on the lake...it's COLD in New Jersey!
Roger doesn't feel the urge to plunge anymore but does the countdown....
Crazy people in Mt. Lakes!!
My niece Bergen on the left with her friends....
My son Adam usually arrives late and my niece goes in for the second time with him. This year he arrived on time but did a second jump for his cousin who was away....... CRAZY!!
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. A new year ahead with new opportunities. I decided to set realistic resolutions this year. Mine are
"I vow not to put my running clothes in the dryer because I know it prolongs their use" and "I will STOP obsessing about my curly hair". Those are 2 I think I can do....how about you? Enjoy the few new postings to the website, I am behind but will get a lot on the site in the next couple of days.
Bonny Neiman Stylish Antiques
12 Beechwood Road Summit, NJ
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