December 29, 2018 // Crystal Boggs Dillon
There are few things our family loves more than the sights, sounds, smells and being with the people we love at Christmastime, and I wanted to take a minute to share some of them with you!
We have favorite foods, hard and fast traditions, and quirky things that just always end up with us shaking our heads, and as time goes by we realize those are the things we will remember most about these crazy family gatherings.
Christmas Eve is our traditional gift-opening extravaganza, and we make all kinds of delicious snack foods and cookies. Solid mainstays are: ham and cheese croissant rollups, chicken salad, meatballs, lil smokey’s, and Hershey kiss cookies. We can always count on at least one gift getting lost in the shuffle and up to 7 gifts labeled with the wrong name or no name at all! Someone will always end up stealing a newly-emptied bag and sneaking off to fill it with a gift they’d forgotten in another room.
Right now there are eight grandchildren in our family, and all under the age of 11. This makes for some busy, loud, chaotic and VERY precious moments when we all get together. From cousins hugging to boys running, toddlers stealing sweets and big boys bringing in firewood. Adults dodging all the little people. These are the sweetest days!
On Christmas Day we have a dinner spread to feed a small nation. Our favorites include; turkey by Mom, an impressive casserole assortment that includes broccoli, pineapple, sweet potato and green bean, Nana’s famous mashed potatoes, cranberry salad, and a dessert buffet to rival even the most seasoned Southern Baptist potluck.
This year, I forgot the rolls. Who forgets rolls for Christmas Dinner?? Well, I did, and we all survived believe it or not. Thankfully I live in a family that knows how to forgive…. eventually. 😉
We were grateful to have grandparents (Denise’s parents) here this year, and they really enjoy just sitting back and watching it all spin around them.
We hope you enjoyed this time with your families as much as we did, and we can remain in a similar spirit of gratefulness and wonder throughout the year. Glory to God in the highest!
Crystal Dillon is daughter of Living Waters Ministry Co-founders, Lee and Denise Boggs. She is married to Jon Dillon, and homeschools their five boys. Crystal serves on our Support Staff as Creative Director and oversees social media, graphic design, and outreach. She also regularly writes on her Facebook Blog page, The Intentional Homemaker, to edify other mothers.
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