Vintage Christine drove in from Mississippi, Missouri Michael came in from Missouri, Melissa blew in from New Mexico, Savannah drove down from Oklahoma, and friends Barbara and Cole hopped over from Arkansas, along with all our Casablanca regulars in North Texas!
Pontipee Hall was put into good use shortly after a ribbon cutting ceremony by our very own Miss Casablanca.
(Friend Jennifer I.)
While trimming the tree friends Jennifer and Joe (Chairman of the "Eats" committee) took command of the kitchen, warming/cooking/preparing all kinds of tasty confections. It's the only time of year I wish I had a double oven!
Center pieces placed, places set, and Grace said- Thanksmass Dinner was on its way.
(Friend Barbara slices up the Thanksmass Ham.)
(Joe, Ben, Spencer, Lara, Chloe, Jordan & Melissa)
After dinner the table(s) were cleared and folded away so the evenings entertainments could begin.
The reading was followed by a white elephant present swap, round and round we went every one unwrapping and stealing.
(Brianna & Myself)Friend Brianna, Miss Casablanca 1958 sang for us "Have yourself a merry little Christmas" as is Miss Casablanca tradition!
Friend Emily strummed on her guitar for us!
Next Joe and Myself got in on the act!
Finally in a return engagement Melissa and Terrace took to the floor with a special song that Terrace penned just for the occasion!
We have so much talent around here it hurts! There was still a little bit of time before we would all move out into the backyard to watch 'the ball drop' and ring in the new Casablanca year 1959. So I passed out the caroling books and Joe lead us in song and what happened next was magical...
Carols sung and stomachs stuffed we enjoyed each others friendship and company as we waited for 11:00P.M. to draw near so we could ring in the new year!
(HAPPY 1959! HAPPY NEW YEAR! HAPPY NEW YEAR! HAPPY 1959!)
(Chloe, Jennifer, Melissa, Michael, Me mid-air, Brandon, & Russ!)
A Special Thank You to friend Russ, who restored wired and hung the Sputnik chandelier just in time for Thanksmass he did a wonderful job and was the hero of the holiday!
Blogger friends, Missouri Michael, Mick, Vintage Christine & Holly Dog. I'm so glad they came to Thanksmass, we exchanged wonderful gifts that I'll have to take pictures of and show later. It means quite a lot to me that they made the pilgrimage.
As always it was a wonderful evening fitting of a Walton's Marathon and Hallmark Movie and it went to all hours of the morning. The last guests said good bye at 4:30A.M. on Sunday morning! I'd like to thank everyone that came, for all the food and fun that they brought, Thanksmass was practically perfect, and now I find myself dreaming of next years already...