Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas at Gampy's and Gammy's

My mom has a knack for throwing great Christmas Parties...especially for the grandkids.

You can see the excitement written all over London's face:

The tables were elegantly decorated :

The kids' table was adorned with Charlie Brown Christmas:

They were stoked to eat:

We like to mix cultures in our holiday dinners: ham + potatoes + mini chimis + chips + salsa = The best.

After the delicious dinner, the adults did a white elephant exchange. William and I scored an over-sized Abbey Road t-shirt (Christmas miracle?)

While the kids were waiting for the adults to finish, they decorated their gift bags. These would be later used when Santa leaves his gift sack on our doorstep filled with their gifts.

Then came the talent show. This consisted of waiting around for about 15 minutes until one of the grandkids was brave enough to volunteer.

Finally, Grant stepped up to the plate. As you may recall, Grant's idol is Michael Jackson (See his costume here). He did yet another tribute to the late King of Pop by dancing to "Beat it":

I love his concentration in this picture.

Suddenly, without planning, all the other grandkids had to jump in to pay their tribute to Mr. Jackson. Here's just a taste of their amazing dance moves:

Grandma looks so proud in the above picture.

The dance party was followed by a few musical numbers, including the 3 Coombs boys singing "Steady As She Goes" by the Raconteurs.

Again, I love their concentration.

After the talent show, Santa brought his gift sack to the doorstep. Santa must have learned about the legalization of fireworks in Arizona, because he left a package full of them.

Nothing says Christmas like fireworks.

And of course, we Coombs like to end the night with a bang. I'm not just talking about the fireworks...We had a head injury and a child choked on a chip.

Happy Christmas 2010!
Thanks mom! You're the best.


  1. Best Christmas party Ever! I'm pretty sure I need a copy of that picture of London. Except...whose hairy arm is right behind her and do you think we could photoshop it out? :)

  2. Good times! Marilyn needs to start her own magazine that features all things home decor, table settings, grandchildren entertainment, holiday goodness...I would be her most loyal subscriber.

    And whoever's arm that is, needs to start a magazine that features photographs of very hairy men. I would subscribe to that too.

  3. So Fun!! I completely agree with the need for Marilyn to start a magazine... The table was amazing... As is everything else in her home!:) Also, I'm pretty sure we need to see video of these Michael Jackson tributes... Please???:) Merry Christmas to the Coombs family!