California Christmas


A California Christmas isn’t always sunny, but most of the time it is. 2014 was no exception. Having grown up in California, I don’t miss the nostalgic days of “snowy Christmases and roasting chestnuts by the fire” and all the other East coast lore. In Cali, we wake up to sunshine and a dried Christmas tree, and we’re ready to give and get gifts, and share Christmas dinner with family in an indoor/outdoor setting by a pool. My son starts his day in a bathing suit, and I get to wear a sleeveless top. Now, that’s a California Christmas.

Christmas morning chaos

Christmas morning chaos

Since we sized it down this year, our new apartment is too small to fit the 24 family members, so we were off the hook for cooking and hosting the holiday meal. My sister, Jennifer, and her husband, Bill, volunteered to host this year at their gorgeous home in Ladera Ranch. Before heading there, we had a glorious holiday brunch at The Penthouse Restaurant in The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica and took in the view of the city from the rooftop restaurant.

Brunch at The Penthouse in Santa Monica

Brunch at The Penthouse in Santa Monica

The Penthouse

The Penthouse

The kids  at The Penthouse at brunch

The kids at brunch

At my sister’s we dined on dips galore, turkey and fixings, and pies for dessert. Grammy Jojo presented everyone with hand-knitted blankets again this year. Blankets in California? For TV watching during the “chilly” nights, of course. We gave my parents (who are in their 80’s) an iPhone. We anticipate a large learning curve. The goal is to get them to text their grandchildren, since none of the grandkids answer voice mail.

Carrying in the gifts

Carrying in the gifts

California Christmas poolside

California Christmas poolside

Dips galore

The cousins hit the dips

Buffet

The buffet begins

My brother and I

My brother and I

Two cousins and a dog

Two cousins and a dog

Gift giving at it's finest

Three generations

Three generations

Dinner

Dinner

As we watched the sunset on our California Christmas, we thought about how lucky we were to be together in such a magical place. Several family members flew home to be in attendance…one from as far away as Switzerland. There’s something about being warm and cozy that just feels right.

My new blanket from my Mom

My new hand-made blanket from my Mom

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1 comment

  1. Loved Your Cali Xmas!!!!! Thanks for all the good pics.

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