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Home for the Holidays

This will no doubt be a bittersweet Christmas—only the second in my lifetime I’ve spent without my precious grandfather—but we’ve all been embracing the holiday spirit nonetheless.

Tacky Christmas Sweater partyIn typical Luna spirit, this means no dearth in parties.

Tacky Christmas Sweater party

Tacky Christmas Sweater party

Tacky Christmas Sweater partyThis year’s annual tacky sweater party doubled as the local Young Professionals’ holiday fete. What says professional like our officers dancing down the makeshift runway in reindeer sweaters and mullets?

Tacky Christmas Sweater party

Tacky Christmas Sweater party

Tacky Christmas Sweater partyFor two straight weeks, we had SVV’s family in—first, his parents, and then his sister Lisa and her husband Chris (and a new baby girl in Lisa’s belly!)—and after they all left, I continued the ongoing party with a day on the set of Nashville as an extra and a night at the Grand Ole Opry with my mom. Last week, we had our Wine and Appetizer Club party and White Elephant swap. (This is just an excuse for a bunch of local girls to get together monthly and hang out and meet newcomers to the area.)

Tullahoma girlsOn Saturday night, my parents hosted an ornament swap engagement party for my sister’s friend Megan. Of course, SVV and I didn’t miss the opportunity to eat cheese balls and Christmas cookies and drink bourbon.

Christmas party

Christmas partyAnd then our first annual Festivus went down last night. And it went down hard.

Festivus party

Festivus partyThis was really just a holiday dinner we planned with some of our best friends, Tom and Ginny and Mallory and her son Gabe, and then we decided the occasion was going to be Festivus (for the rest of us), and then what do you know, the night we had picked for the party actually the day Festivus is celebrated. Kismet.

Festivus party

Festivus party

Festivus partyThere was hot buttered rum and there were costumes and there was an absolutely delicious meal prepared by Ginny…and there was karaoke.

Festivus party

Festivus party

Festivus partyThe karaoke in particular was pretty hysterical, but for the sake of your ears—and the reputations of the people present at the party (ahem, me)—I am choosing to omit any audio evidence of such.

Festivus party

Festivus partyTonight, we will continue the annual ritual: Christmas Eve service at my parents’ church, then a party at our friends house before visiting my former neighbors, Beverly and Joe, and heading home to watch It’s a Wonderful Life. Tomorrow, we will open presents, just the five of us, and then hop over next door to visit with our other family, the Bratchers. Later this week, we will drive to Memphis for a few days of quality time with my cousins (and the two cutest kids on the planet), and then onto Florida to see even more cousin (and the cutest baby on the planet). Never a dull (or slow) moment here.

Festivus partyAnd that’s our Christmas month in a nutshell. I hope yours is just as swell!

What are your annual holiday traditions?


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Comments ( 9 )

  1. Thank you for sharing your zaney family’s traditions. A Very Merry Christmas to the whole bunch.
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  2. What a fun night!!!!! Love all the pictures. MERRY CHRISMAS :-)

    Love, Tom and Ginny

  3. Merry Christmas! I love seeing what other people do for the holidays.

  4. What a blast! I wish we had a karaoke machine! Love the crazy sweaters too. :) Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  5. Again, I’m so sorry for your loss! But, it looks like you had a faaaabulous Xmas!!! You and your sister look gorgeous.
    Andi of My Beautiful Adventures recently posted..San Francisco & Napa Valley: Day 2 (Part 2)My Profile

  6. “Its always difficult to celebrate any festival without a loved one but then life doesn’t stop for anyone. It just goes on! You celebrated this Christmas with all the positive spirit and your
    photos are show this. :) Nice family tradition!”


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