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The Nutcracker, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
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My belated Christmas post...
Submitted By edith on 09/12/29
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The Ghost of Christmas Past is visiting this post in honor of the Yuletide Farmgirl Festival.  Enjoy:)
I think it's high time I posted pictures from Christmas time, don't you?
I'm trying out a "new" blogging method - one sentence per picture.  We'll see how that goes...;)
~The Nutcracker~
First off, I have to tell you...I didn't take the tons of pictures that I promised to take for one very simple reason - I forgot our camera at home=)  Oh, I remembered the batteries, but they're pretty useless without the camera...  You'll just have to be content with the pictures that my dad took with his Droid phone, and the ones that Grandma and Aunt Lorraine sent me.
Hanging out at Aunt Lorraine's house before the performance.
Baby Sam thought Bonnie was pretty neat, and the feeling was mutual:)
Bonnie was a getting a bit enthusiastic, but check out the smile on Sam's face:)
Aunt Liz and I
Aunt Liz and Alex - the Miller women are short enough, but then Alex has to come along and make us look like midgets;)
Mom, Hailey, Grandma, and me - Hailey's curls had so much hairspray on them, they were like sticks:)
We're easily entertained - we spent our last hour together playing with a plastic action figure set of characters from the movie Santa Claus is Comin' to Town.  I kid you not.  We had a blast quoting from the movie and just being our strange, normal, witty selves:)  Good times, good times.  (so much for my "one sentence" method;)
Yep, we were losing it...check out Aunt Liz on the sofa=)
The cousins with Grandma - you can't tell, but Alex was holding onto Parker to keep him from running away;)
The girls - Aunt Liz, Aunt Kathy, Hailey, Grandma, Mom, and me.
One last one from the evening of the performance - Hailey and Grandma.  Isn't Hailey absolutely gorgeous?!  I envy her her nose - it is the last word as far as noses go.
~Christmas Eve~
We had the F family over on Christmas Eve for fun, food, and fellowship.
After dinner, we took turns reading the Christmas story from Luke 2, and then sang a few carols.  I think that's my favorite Christmas tradition.  It's a special, peaceful time, and a wonderful way to focus on the reason why we celebrate Christmas - Jesus' birthday
I love the way "We Three Kings" sounds on Kellie's dulcimer.
This year, Mom and Mrs. F planned a White Elephant gift exchange - everyone was instructed to bring items as gifts that they no longer used/needed, but were still in working order. 
To distribute the gifts we played a variation of Bingo which the mom's dubbed Angel.  If you got five (or was it six?) white beans - we didn't have enough tokens to go around:) - in a row, you yelled (or whispered, or screamed, whichever you preferred) "Angel!", and then you got to pick out a present to open.
Hey, look!  I just got an eyeglass case!  Just what I needed...
Aubrey and his "spider" - that was a hot item when we started stealing presents from each other...
Oh, yes - did I mention that after all of the presents were distributed we got to "steal" any present we wanted from some unfortunate soul?  Hehe, oh yeah=)
Ellen was very happy when she got a Bonsai kit - I think she managed to keep it, too.  No one stole it from her as far as I can recall...
Alex really wanted these Science Knowledge Cards...and so did a lot of other people.  I think Aubrey finally ended up with them, but they got stolen quite a few times:)
Something was funny:)
Maybe this was what Ellen was laughing at - Aubrey got a heart shaped box...one of the little girls stole it from him later, out of kindness I believe;)
Kellie and her red binoculars - she became very fond of them, and kept looking at everyone through them:)
Oh!  Hahaha!  Kellie and I wrapped up a orange and green plastic Furbie (anyone else remember those horrid toys?!) as a joke present, and we laughed so hard when Mr. F chose to open our special present=D
I think he was in shock.  And really, who wouldn't be?!
He couldn't believe his eyes...
And the whole time Kellie and I are all but rolling on the ground laughing:P 
Need I add that no one cared to steal his special present?;D
And then the girls opened their real presents.
The girls in their new dresses:)
After presents and desert (de-licious pie made by our resident chef, Alex:), we headed down to the basement for some dancing!!
We had so much fun, especially when Alex started going crazy.  He dressed up in his Rathdrum Willie beard and hat, and went bounding around with Ellen. 
I've never seen anything like it - the closest I can come is the wild dancing in the movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.  That's what you get when you turn a mad hermit loose with a bunch of dignified dancers;)
And our traditional picture of the four oldest "kids".  I just can't get used to the fact that we aren't technically "kids" anymore.
Kellie mentioned in her Christmas post that some things never change...hmm, like me always being the shortest one?!  *sigh*
Thank you so much for celebrating Christmas with us F family!  It is a tradition we hope to continue for many years to come.
~Christmas Day~
Opening presents with Grandma and Grandpa...
I know, I know - I look slightly, um, strange?  I had to post this photo, though, because I'm wearing the darling apron that Kellie made me for Christmas!  Isn't it cute?!=)  Cowgirl boots=D
I look better in this pic, but I didn't have the apron all the way on...oh well.
My handsome brother:)
Umm, tongue exercises perhaps?
Whew - I can't believe I finally finished putting this post together...I feel such a sense of accomplishment. 
Happy Trails, y'all!

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Re: The Nutcracker, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
5 days - 9,041v
Posted 2010/01/14 - 20:17 GMT
Since I could not possibly say all the things I want to say about these wonderful pictures, I will say this, and nothing more:
I would give anything to have been there for the wild dancing in the basement!!
Re: The Nutcracker, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2010/01/14 - 21:05 GMT
I just wish I had been able to film the wild dancing - that would have been great=)
Alex might be convinced to give a demonstration of his wild dancing when we come out in March;)
Re: The Nutcracker, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
2 weeks - 22,163v
Posted 2010/12/13 - 19:29 GMT
Good times=)
Great idea to use this post!  Memory Lane is such a lovely place to visit;)
Re: The Nutcracker, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
15 minutes - 22v
Posted 2010/12/14 - 1:42 GMT
Oh, those pictures give a glimpse into some fun lookin' times!! :) I love the Scottish outfits. Maybe I should sew myself one someday...
Re: The Nutcracker, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2010/12/14 - 4:09 GMT
Oh, you should sew yourself a Scottish outfit someday!  They're so much fun to wear, and very versatile too.  I've used the different elements from the outfit (bodice, tam, etc.) separately to make up outfits for different time periods.  Very handy!
Re: The Nutcracker, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
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Posted 2011/01/14 - 6:36 GMT
I love the pictures and the wonderful time you had with your family. Tell me more about the Nutcracker. Thank you for the Christmas letter. I would like to keep in touch.
Re: The Nutcracker, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
2 weeks - 22,163v
Posted 2011/01/14 - 20:56 GMT
Hi, Mrs. Shorb!  It's so good to hear of you!  We miss you and Mr. Shorb so much, and I, for one, am hoping as hard as I possibly can so have a visit from you both this summer!  We will definitely have to have another Mountain Man Rendezvous, with music and dancing=)
Much love,
Re: The Nutcracker, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
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Posted 2011/01/14 - 22:22 GMT
Hello, Mrs. Shorb!  I'm so glad that you stopped by my blog! 
Ditto what Kellie already said;)
Let's see, more about the Nutcracker...well, my cousin Hailey performs in it every year, but two Christmases ago was very special because she had the lead role of Clara.  It's a once in a lifetime opportunity because so many girls want that part.  We were so excited that we were able to go and see her perform, since the snow blocking the pass to Montana usually prevents us (my Aunt and cousins live in Corvallis, MT) - in 2009, we had hardly any snow, so the pass wasn't blocked.
Hailey was in the Nutcracker again this Christmas (although we didn't go to see her) in several different roles including...
one of the Harlequins, and...
one of the Spanish dancers.
She's an absolutely wonderful ballerina - so graceful and beautiful to watch.
That's about all for the Nutcracker.  We certainly had a good time:)
I'm so glad you enjoyed the Christmas letter - we really want to keep in touch, too!
We had such a fun time when Mr. Shorb came up for a visit in 2009.  Here are a few pictures from the mini rendezvous we had at the Falconers when he was visiting.
Thank you so much for commenting and following my blog.  I hope to "see" you here again sometime soon, and hopefully see you in person sometime soon, too:)  Is there any chance of you and Mr. Shorb coming out sometime this year?
Love and miss you,

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