After several years of not doing one, my mother's side of the family resurrected the family Christmas party (with a helpful little push from me, I might add!). We decided to have it at my cousin Kassy's house in Pittsfield, which is almost a two-hour drive for most of us, but she has a great house for it and she always comes out to see us, so it was only right to go out to her place for once. It worked out well and the party was a lot of fun!
This is my cousin Jimmy. Our mothers are sisters. He and I did the numbered slips for the Yankee Gift Swap because we're useful like that.
Fun fact about Jimmy: he has a great job and he helps coordinate Boston's big St. Patrick's Day parade each year!
My cousin Lisa (on the left) and my sister Jennifer (wearing the Hallmark Channel Christmas sweater I gave her a few years ago when I (mostly) gave up Hallmark Channel)...
Kassy and Jimmy. The three of us are right around the same age, which is fun.
More cousins, these ones of the "first removed" variety (i.e., the children of my first cousins). Ayden is who we did John's graduation party with when he and John graduated from HHS together.
My darling reindeer-antlered boy