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Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Around The Dining Room Table

I fell in love with my husband around a dining room table.
There were three shallow things that I looked for in a fella.
1. Must be tall. (He is 6'2 to my 5'11)
2. Must be funny. (No one makes me laugh harder)
3. Must love sports. (He is a sports writer)
Sitting around his folk's dining room table, I realized that I had won the lottery. Each person in his large family was funnier than the next.
A good laugh trumped all.
Pranksters one and all.
Being the rookie on the block did not spare me. If I dared to go to the restroom, I risked being applauded or serenaded by the entire brood upon my exit. If I left my chair unattended for a second, I was sure to sit in a well placed puddle of water. They took "please pass the rolls" literally. His lovely mother, their fearless leader,  smooshed my hand into the butter many times.
I watched as they teased and laughed and teased and passed the rolls and laughed and teased some more.
So began my love of the dining room table. All these years later, we still yuck it up around the dining room table...and we still pass the rolls. 
Take a lookiloo at some of these gorgeous dining rooms:

While all of these tables are beautiful and festive, it isn't until we sit down, pass the rolls and begin the yuck-it-up-tease-fest that it becomes Christmas. 

Source: via Kerry on Pinterest

                                "The Family Stone" dining room table.

Our oldest nephew recently married and I am soooo looking forward to sneaking water onto his bride's chair, passing her a roll and applauding as she exits the restroom. I've waited 19 years for a new kid on the block.

What are your dining room table traditions? 
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  1. You would fit right in at my family's dining room table. We're not so much the pranksters, but there is much noise and laughter. We are not a quiet or reserved bunch in any way.

    I love your list. It is very similar to mine:
    1. Must be tall (Steve is 6'3")
    2. Must make me laugh
    3. Must have a big nose (is that weird)

    Those photos above make me long for my own dining room, but my little house doesn't have one. Also, I adore The Family Stone!

  2. Bring it on, Kerry :) See you soon!


  3. This post SO makes me want to be at your dining room table! ;) Love it!! I love the sweet tribute to your mister~

  4. What a great story! Thanks for sharing!


  5. I think I'm in love!!!

    if you're in Chicagoland, we might be neighbors!

  6. A great tribute to your hubby and your so sweet.

    Happy Holidays,

  7. Sweet, sweet Kerry! This is great! First of all, the photos are fantastic. I love elements of each and every one. Second, you used a photo from one of my all-time favorite movies that I, in fact, intend to watch for the umpteenth time tonight since I'm taking a "Me" day today. Last, but not in any way least, I love your hilarious account of meeting & dining with your husband's family for the first time. You have waited 19 years to pass the buck (kinda like passing a roll!), and I hope you have the best time ever doing it! Merry Christmas to you and your extended family! And God bless the new girl! :-)

  8. Beautiful example of tables! Love your story too, I'd never be able to keep up! :)


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