A Holly Jolly Christmas with the Tenser’s

It is always a nice feeling to open the door to your childhood home and have the glow of christmas lights greet you. The decor, the food, the people – its my favorite time of year. Walking into my parents house during the holidays one would think that Martha Stewart herself stopped by to bake french toast and hang garland, but no – thats just my Mother – over the top in all things amazing and proper. Martha Stewart runs through my mother’s veins not just in her ability to decorate with ease, but also in that little bit of crazy that sent Martha to jail – i.e “If you sit on that couch, so help me, I will murder you.” or “Do not touch or eat ANYTHING until our guests arrive.” or “Who the hell moved that ornament, move it back two inches to the right!”
These are the greetings we get in her pristine house, and this is why I love her and why I think her and Martha would be best friends.
Holiday traditions have remained the same for my family since forever. Every Christmas eve we take pictures in front of the tree and make our way to a party hosted by dear family friends. Christmas morning is presents with my dad’s side of the family and a delicious brunch that we all wait a year to eat – the only meal my mother cooks all year – and its fabulous. Its always a good time, and since its the Tenser’s, its always a little bit ridiculous.

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