I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Non-Denominational Day, or holiday! I spent mine with my friends and family and doing things that I love to do.

Before I get into my holiday celebrations, let’s backtrack for a moment. I’ve finally stopped being a delinquent blogger and caught the blog up on the past few months:

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I can’t believe that it’s December again! It feels like just last year I was living in Washington, studying for the GRE, applying to PhD programs and fretting about writing my thesis. In less than a year, so much can change.

Anyway, my family started the holiday by watching Elf on Christmas Eve.

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Then Christmas day was spent together unwrapping presents, prepping and eating way too much food, socializing with my aunts, uncles, and cousins, and then hanging out playing Bananagrams and the guitar.

I’d call it a successful holiday!

Hilary gave my dad Albert the gator as a gag-gift, but Charlie showed his true Seminole colors and tried to attack Albert.

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After presents and dinner, the family moved outside for the usual round of pictures.

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Family picture 2011.

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Cousins 2011.

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We had a camera for each family and a variety of different people combinations.

I love this picture of my uncle taking a picture of the Nana + grandkids.

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Aww, my parents love each other. I think this might be one of my new favorite pictures of them.

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After the posed-picture taking died down, my uncle broke out the guitar and serenaded the family. He used to do this a lot during my childhood, so it was fun to bring back some of the old traditions.

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Later on we also watched some old family videos, which reminded us that we used to celebrate Christmas with a piñata. We’re thinking we’ll bring back the piñata tradition for next year, or maybe not, but it would be funny to watch a bunch of 20-somethings bash a piñata.

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And that pretty much wraps up the Holiday 2011 season!

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