Home for the Holidays.

December 29, 2015

It was a really, really good Christmas this year. Maybe because the weeks leading up to it I was learning a few lessons. I felt so overwhelmed with gratitude.

home for the holidays

{ There is no better feeling than walking through my parent’s front door.}

big fam

{All together again. My seven sisters and three brothers from 5 different states.}

christmas packages

{preparing the gifts and christmas cards. I used artifact uprising this year!}

christmas cake {Made Salted Caramel Gingerbread Cake for my dad’s birthday on Christmas Eve.}

baby's first christmas

{Merry Christmas to me.}

nativity play

{Christmas program we put on with all of the little cousins. Rocco starred as baby Jesus.}


{Veronica decided to keep performing. Someone loves the mic…}


{Singing a song from Little Women.}

family christmas pic
christmas eve mass

{before Christmas Eve Mass}


{Papa is a popular guy.}

first christmas

{sleeping through Christmas Eve.}

brown paper packages

christmas eve

{what Christmas Eve looks like with 30 people}

angel in time out

{angel in time out}

waiting for santa

{waiting for St. Nicholas on Christmas morning}


{Santa came. Thank goodness.}


{first christmas}

christmas{the best kind of chaos}

My big family waits all year long for time together. We come from near and far to all walk through the same door at Christmastime.
Each year I feel it a little deeper. I value this over everything else.

I wish I could bottle some of the happiness that came during these days to pull out during the tough ones. This may be our last christmas all under one roof so I paused a little more to take note of how lucky I was to have the chance to experience this.

We hope you had a blessed Christmas!

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  • Pat Schwab

    Anna, Where does everyone stay when they come for Christmas? It’s wonderful you all manage to get together. Little Women is my 17 year-old daughter’s favorite book and she wanted a copy for Christmas. I found a vintage book with an inscription from 1938 in great condition. She loved it. I love all the photos. Rocco did a great job as baby Jesus. Happy New Year from my house to yours! Pat S

  • This looks like the most beautiful holiday celebration. I love that your family puts on a Christmas program, how fun! It looks like you had a blast. Happy New Year to you and your family!


  • All those photos make me nostalgic. Such a lovely Holiday Season! Can’t wait to have that many kids around again. We’re all grown up and I’m the first to have children. It’s all about the kids!

    Julie | http://www.xfallenmoon.com/

  • What pure Joy! I am the oldest of 8 children and all of us were together this Christmas. 39 of us and it was perfect! Thank God for out parents.

  • gosh this looks like the most full and wonderful christmas ever!! there is nothing like being with your family at christmas [or ever!!] and big families make me so happy! also that sweet angel in time out is heart-breakingly precious!!

  • i hope you enjoyed with your family and also i hope to you the best

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