Every year on the first Sunday in December the Taylors gather together for the family Christmas party. Food is abundant, talents are shared, and the white elephant gift swapping is hilarious. I look forward to it every year as usually it’s when I see cousins I don’t see on a regular basis as well as aunts and uncles that crack me up with their sense of humor.
This year (like a couple of other years past) Kent and Bill hosted it at their fabulous home high up in the foothills of Salt Lake. It’s gorgeous, it’s huge – the perfect gathering place. Plus, having Kent as the emcee for the gift swapping is fantastic. I can see why my mom loves her cousins (such as Kent and Barbara Kay) because I’m sure there was never a dull moment growing up. It gives me a bit of insight into what their childhood was like and what type of conversations they must have had when watching their interactions today. Some of the best moments of the night came from these guys when they opened their white elephants. Barbara Kay ended up with a VHS tape on A Canadian Train Ride (Kent: “Didn’t you work on the production design set for that one?”) and when Lynne kicked things off by opening what truly was the winning white elephant: canned cheese powder from somebody’s food storage that looked like it came from the 50’s. Classic.
To those family members who couldn’t make it, you totally missed out! And you should plan on coming next year (if you’re close and you don’t have to travel, from say, Alaska). So for those far away and not in attendance, enjoy a few of the pics below.