Downstairs was a crazy mix of stamping tea towels, eating, watching movies and, apparently, sitting in ovens :) But notice the sparkly snowflakes dangling on fishing line.
Oscar was under the weather (I think it may have been a bout of food poisoning...) but he cheered up by the end of the party. But not enough to cooperate for the family photo.
I'm not sure exactly how long I've been hosting a holiday party/open house but I think it started in 1996 when I'm pretty sure my college roommate and I hosted one at our apartment. Then there was probably a gap 1997-1998 but I feel confident I had one in 1999 when I moved into the first house I ever bought a few days before Christmas. My friends helped me clean, move and decorate in short order and we had a little holiday housewarming. I got married in 2000 and I'm pretty sure Mr. H and I have co-hosted a party every year. We may have missed a few. I should really track my traditions better.
Actually, I just realized I know we've hosted every year we've been in this house so that's TEN years in a row. Now that is hard to believe!
Every year it's a hassle to clean the house and get organized but I love baking the cookies and I love having everyone over to celebrate the season. Plus, I have a lot of leftover toffee in the fridge.