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Christmas @ The Blind Pig House

Christmas 2013 blind pig and the acorn

Christmas @ the Blind Pig house was full of joy! There was...

Cell phones

cell phones (aren't there always cell phones these days?);

Cool jars to store rocks and beads

cool jars-perfect for storing rocks and beads in;

Cool new rugs

lovely new area rugs for each girls new room;

Old red barn company soap for christmas

chapstick and Old Red Barn Company soap;

Christmas stockings

there was the tradition of putting Christmas stockings on your feet and acting like morons;

Deep fried chicken

deep fried chicken and slow baked deer roast;

2 yalies home for christmas

there was 2 Yalies home from college for us to enjoy spending time with;

Tall tales at christmas

tall tales told by this bunch;

Christmas sweaters from appalachia

sweaters, sweaters, and more sweaters;

The pressley girls on tv

there was watching The Pressley Girls on tv;

Crotcheted acorns

and believe it or not there was even acorns-crocheted by Granny.

Best christmas ever

At the end of Christmas Day, Granny allowed it was the best Christmas we had ever had. I totally agreed with her.


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Magnificent! Merry Christmas!

Bradley-Cindy Lou who is one of our favorites too : ) Along with Max the dog.

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good times, good family, good food and I'll bet there was some good music in there somewhere. I LOVE grannie's acorns!!!

Little River had to open all his presents and everyone else's. He enjoyed them all the same until he got to his Thomas The Train. They kept telling him "wait till we get home" but he would have none of that. He wouldn't be happy til his Daddy put it together and let him play with it. Sage didn't have to wait for Daddy. He put his Nerf Sniper Rifle together by himself and proceeded to annihilate every villain in four counties. He is gone bear hunting with his daddy now. I hope they have something more powerful than his Nerf gun but I kinda hope, for the bear population anyway, that he don't get aholt of a real gun.

Love the photos, Tipper. I'm glad you had a big family Christmas. I am enjoying your girls singing tonight.

Tipper: I can not add positive notes to your cheerful and delightful CHRISTMAS. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures! HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Eva Nell

Your Deer Hunter looks for all the world like my son-in-law Sam in those pictures. Right down to the styrofoam cup with the wadded up paper towels in.
Sam and my grandson Sage and my nephew Brian and his little daughter Breanna took off down toward the coast on Christmas afternoon to go bear hunting.

The more I lookee, the more I see a buttox sticking up from that frying pot....Did you fry a turkey as well or did you fry the whole chicken and then cut it up?

We had one of those fried turkeys one year...believe it or not folks (that has never tasted one) they are delishious and not greasy! The whole bird is brown as toast and holds the moisture in...OK Tipper, I'm hungry again pass me a another piece of chicken, turkey or what's in the pot!
Answer me this...We don't hear about it much, but I'll just betcha' that Deer Hunter is an excellent outdoor cook and game chef extraodinaire' ??
Thanks Tipper,

Merry Christmas and thanks for all
the picture sharing. I'm glad you
all had a nice Christmas...Ken

Tipper, I loved the photo's of your family's Christmas. It reminded me so much of past Christmas's in our family. We are indeed so blessed.

You have a story book family. I know that you are proud of all of them. God be with you and yours into the New Year and beyond.

You are blessed!

Having family together at Christmas is all that matters. My daughter, grandkids and a brother I don't get to see often have been coming and going for a few days. One little guy is still here. That makes me feel more loved than Santa Claus!
I'm so glad your family had the best Christmas ever. I love those rugs!

Love it. And those acorns. Crusty old guy in the woods. Im snuggled in the camper. Drinking coffee and loving my life.

Hello Dear Friends!
I see it's been a beautiful Christmas night, that much makes me happy.
I appreciate being able to view the photos, as this is a way of letting me into your home.
For here also gifts stores have cell phones, (for 6 months and are overcome), and youth always want the new electronics.
My granddaughter received from Santa, beautiful brand IBANEZ Ukelele, electroacoustic, a jewel, to keep reading it to me with my banjo.
I see very warm, and I know the cold and snow temporal suffering there, God forbid they do not have problems.
Here in Buenos Aires, we had 38 ° C, the city we are an oven.
A great love to all from down here in our common home planet Earth, Jose Luis.

What a feisty group. These are treasure you are laying up as wonderful memories someday to share with all your grand babies yet to come. Tipper, I don't know How you do it coming up with so much entertainment for so many readers.Thanks for sharing your Christmas pictures with us.

Aaaaahhhh, Family Christmas. I can hear the laughter, teasing, giggles, and feel the snuggles and hugs.

By the looks of all involved, a wonderful time was had by all!! God bless everyone.

If one picture is worth a thousand words your gallery tells the whole story. There can be no doubt it was a grand day with all the necessities for a family get, smiles, good food, men telling tall tales in the corner, sweaters, acorns, jars, rugs, and lots and lots of smiles!!

WOW! This is how Christmas should be; family together, personal gifts, and remembering the "reason for the season". Thank you for brightening up my day. benny

Pictures and narrative of a marvelous family Christmas! The love, tradition and celebration are evident! It is so refreshing to participate in this way with your family! Thank you! Ours was similar, and yet unique: "To each his own!" And that is how it should be. What memories for years distant, a warm glow buried deep within the folds of hearts of love for one another! Let's carry the spirit forward into the New Year!

Ahh! Such beautiful memories caught in a moment of time. Sure looks like a fine bunch of happiness all wrapped in a day! The sweater gals made a nice family photo lineup. Thanks for sharing your family's special day.

Looks like awesome family time! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you :)

What a wonderful day! We had a big family Christmas too. 25 to dinner with six people missing, hoping for everyone next year!

Looks as though you all were very blessed Christmas...
also the ladies were lookin' "snug as a bug in a rug"
in those new sweaters...Mercy, my fingers would have fallen off by the time I crocheted that many sweaters...and 'acorns' to boot!
Were all the men present? Seems like I'm missing one from the count...I noticed some snack bowls around...I wonder what goodies were in those? hummmm?
Looks like it was a fun day and thankful day at your house!
Great pictures Tipper, and post!
Thanks Tipper,
PS...Pass me a piece of that "deep fried chicken"...with a slice of "venison" on the side! Thanks!

What a wonderful time it must have been; everybody there together! Was that the Grinch I saw on the table? It is a Christmas tradition for us to watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". Remember when Cindy Lou Who got up for a cup of cool water and caught the old devil stealing their Christmas and how he just melted at the sight of her? "That precious little tot" -as he referred to her. Everybody loves Christmas!!! Thanks for letting us be there.

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