One Christmas down, three more to go!
We began Christmas celebrations this past weekend. Saturday we headed to Norman for a day filled with family, food, and games! Everyone is so spread out, so we rarely get to see some of them.
I got up at 7, so I could get myself and everything that we needed to take ready. I made chicken dip. I made it two ways – ranch chicken and buffalo chicken. I had never made this dip before, so I played around with the seasonings. Basically I used the same ingredients for each dip, with the exception of the buffalo sauce. For the dip I used a 12 oz can of chunk chicken, a dry ranch mix packet, and an 8 ounce block of cream cheese. I mixed all of this together in the mixer, and then I added in about a cup of ranch dressing and probably a tablespoon of cayenne pepper. Then for the buffalo dip, I used all of the same ingredients minus the cayenne pepper. I added about a cup of Frank’s hot sauce instead. It wasn’t too spicy, and it had a good flavor.
We loaded the car, and were on the road by 9. We were having Christmas at Jeremy’s cousin’s house in Norman.
As soon as we got there, I got busy in the kitchen helping prepare the food. I made little smokies, and then just helped with whatever anyone needed. Everyone started arriving around 11, and slowly trickled in. There was at least 40 people there! Once everyone was there, we ate lunch. We had finger foods and we had soooooo much food! There was an enormous assortment of dips and spreads.
There were sausage balls, meatballs, little smokies, and chicken wings.
There was salad, corn salad, pasta salad, bacon wrapped dates, and turkey and asparagus roll-ups. We had ham and cheese sliders, lasagna, garlic bread, shrimp, barbeque baked chicken, and pigs in a blanket.
This kind of food is so filling and a little goes a long ways!
For dessert there were sugar cookies, cakes, lemon bars, pecan bars, and apple pie bars.
There was also so much candy! Jeremy’s aunt makes it all, and it is the BEST candy I have ever eaten! She should seriously sell it!
I was so full when I got done eating. I feel like I snack all day when we do finger foods.
After cleaning everything up, we played dirty Santa. There were 29 people that played and I had number 21!
I was going to steal a Yeti cup, and it would have been frozen, but the person in front of me did. So, I took a chance and opened a present, and I got a box of oranges.
My father-in-law had gotten a Rustic Cuff, and the person after me stole from him, so he took the oranges. I ended up with an Academy gift card, and Jeremy got an Armor All car cleaning set.
When Dirty Santa was over, we played another game called Left Right Center. You start with 3 dollars (or quarters, or chips, or really 3 of anything) and you roll dice.
If you roll a dot, you get to keep your money, but if you roll a L, R, or C you have to pass the money. The last person with money left wins it all. Last year I won when we played with quarters, but I have never won the dollars.
We played a couple of rounds of this, and then we spent the rest of the afternoon visiting with everyone.
Around 6, we set all the food back out so everyone that was still there could eat dinner. I wasn’t very hungry, but I ate some corn salad and turkey and asparagus roll ups. I was miserable after that!
After dinner, everyone left except us and Jeremy’s aunt and uncle. We watched a couple of movies and hung out until around 10. We had so much fun!
We are so blessed to have such a great family and I am so grateful to have all of them in my life!
I love that everyone comes together to celebrate and spend the day together! I enjoyed every minute of the day – laughing, talking, and eating way to much! It went by way too fast, and I wasn’t ready for it to end.
I hope your holiday is full of love and laughter!