I still am talking about Christmas 2016. Bear with me as I’m a little late getting to this.

We started a new tradition this year of having a crokinole tournament. We  actually did it 2 years ago at Christmas but this year I made it an official tradition. It’s a great game for everyone – a game that’s more well-known in Canada than here in the US. It’s a good game for the older ones as well as the young people and one where you can be indoors when it’s quite chilly outside.

I wanted to have a little trophy to give the winners (you play as a team), so I cut a piece of wood, stained it and then modge podged a piece of scrapbook paper on top that I had printed the words Crokinole Champion onto. The trophy was printed onto shiny gold scrapbook paper, cut out and then modge podged onto the scrapbook paper.


The winners once again this year – they won 2 years ago, too – was my niece and my son.

My tablescape this year was a little different than I had planned since some fabric that was to be my table runner didn’t arrive here in time.

(the sparkling cider bottles kind of detract but I didn’t get a picture before they were placed on the table)

Justus wrote a 5 minute skit of the Battle of Trenton which happened on December 26, 1776.

As you can see from their clothing, it was pretty low-key. 🙂

The “bloody” rags the soldiers wrapped around their feet since they had no shoes.

We had a Message trivia game. My team lost.

I love the singing that happens around the piano. It’s one of my most favorite things.

The day after Christmas there were drills (morning exercises) in the walleyball court for the young people.

An ice skating session.

The kids took advantage of the snow that was left on Monday to make the best snowmen I’ve ever seen.


Aren’t they the cutest?

And that wraps up our 2016 Christmas! (I’m still going to do that Bruschetta bar post, so hang in there!)

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