This is our second year heading to the mountains to celebrate the holidays. We packed up the kids and our snow gear and headed about two hours outside of LA. We stayed at a rented vacation house. While we got no snow, we had a fabulous family bonding time, filled with amazing meals.

Here’s part one of the pictorial of our trip!

Here’s my culinary hubby busy cooking gourmet our first night!


Christmas Eve, the kids made these cookies for Santa. The one on the left is Stella’s, and on the right is Liam’s. Hattie simply observed! This little tray was mine as a kid.


And, we couldn’t forget the carrots and water for the reindeer.


Liam was first up Christmas morning! He came running into our room screaming “Santa came! He ate our cookies! Come look!”


Liam, Stella and Hattie opened their bags from Santa. They were impressed that Santa had clearly read their lists and brought the right toys! Yep, that Santa sure is on top of things 🙂


I went old school and got Stella Shrinky Dinks – a beloved toy from my childhood. I love telling the kids “mama loved this as a kid” and then experiencing it again through their eyes.


Liam and Stella are so different. He ripped into his gifts and was done in ten minutes. Stella carefully unwrapped hers, savoring each gift. Two hours later, she was finally opening her last gift.


This was Liam’s fave gift…a game called “Pop the Pig”


So amazing to see their eyes on Christmas morning! Like kids in a candy store…well, literally.


Merry first Christmas, Hattie Cat! Here with Nanny Pats!


Here are my antique presents from Dean. Amazing vintage moonstone ring and scarab bracelet, all from our fave jeweler and friend Neil Lane.


Here’s our Christmas Mountain Tree. Flocked felt festive until the clean up!


Patsy on Skype with her family getting some amazing Christmas news…her daughter Amanda is engaged and expecting! Congrats Amanda and Steven!


Stella carefully applying her new baby’s lipstick!


Daddy bouncing baby Christmas


Hattie, aka Mrs. Claus, all dressed up for Christmas dinner.


Love these little cutlery stocking holders for Christmas dinner.


At everyone’s place setting, I set out an old school English cracker and a new school Christmas lottery scratcher. Just for fun!


Here’s the Christmas Ham Dean baked


Here’s Dean basting his goose. He’s in the zone!


Dark Meat Deliciousness!


All our sides. The squash is from our garden.


The Guncles Scout + Bill and my gorgeous Goddaughter Simone joined us for Christmas dinner and the remainder of our trip.

Check back tomorrow for Part 2, where I share a video of Hattie, and pictures of our New Year’s Eve festivities!

What did you and your family do for Christmas? Upload pictures to your profile and share the link to the album in the comments below!

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