My Crazy Blonde Family Christmas

When I started to think about how I wanted to celebrate our Family Christmas this year, I wished for a beautifully decorated home that would welcome my family and and surround everyone with traditions and love.  I've been on a mission!  Approximately 200 Christmas songs and several (maybe more) bottles of Champagne later, I'm almost finished.  When I woke up this morning and walked down the stairs, I felt excited for my girls to come home and see the house and be here for our Family Christmas!  The holidays can be stressful, but the most important thing that we can remember is the love that we have for each other!

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We had to cut several inches off the top of the tree, but it ended up being the perfect height!

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I've been really busy shopping and wrapping gifts!  I really want to have everything done so I can enjoy my family for the short time everyone is home.

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If you've read my blog at all, you know that I love a good cheese board (learn more about how to make your own cheese board here) with a great bottle of wine!  I'm stepping it up this year with my Champagne Cocktails.

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I added pomegranate seeds to the top of Camembert cheese for a festive and delicious touch...so easy and beautiful!

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I made several batches of these completely addictive Maple Curry Cashews!

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Last year, I set up a Hot Chocolate Bar on Christmas Eve and it was such a hit that I'm bringing it back this year complete with the Peppermint Twist and Kahlua!  I love to use my Vietri Christmas mugs for the hot chocolate bar and you just can't beat Lake Champlain Hot Chocolate Mix.

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I love to set the table for Christmas Eve and bring out the silver and crystal.

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All photography by Emily Genzer!

If you're still looking for some great wrapping paper, Minted has a great and beautiful selection with something for everyone!

I have so much more to share with you including my recipe for Walnut Rum Cake coming up tomorrow!  Be sure to check back everyday to see what I'm up to this holiday season and follow me on Instagram @crazyblondelifeblog!