Thursday, December 27, 2012

“Partying Like a Crosetti since 1944”

One of our Founding Fathers, John Crosetti

Our hostess Aunt Cindy with boyfriend Bill
The Party favor for the Crosetti Christmas party was a red-drink cozy with a picture of my Great-Grandpa John and the above quote, "Partying like a Crosetti since 1944." A bit of family history on John Crosetti. In 1900, at the age of 21, he left his family in the Piedmont area of Northern Italy and landed at Ellis Island ready to explore American and see what kind of life he could create for himself.  Years later, the first documented Crosetti Christmas party was in 1944 under the auspices of Great-Grandpa John … and the merrymaking goes on, year after year, with new and old family members coming and going.

Miss Piggy getting all tied up in the festivities
This year’s host, Aunt Cindy, is a party planner so the entire gig was over the top. It was like a Christmas wedding reception on steriods! Straight out of a Martha Sterwart Magazine, Holiday Edition. She had festive ties for all the men to sport, and no detail forgotten. Even the green signature drink “The Crosettitini” kept in step with cranberries at the bottom of each glass. The Italian dinner of chicken marsala and lasagna left me feeling like my husband looked in the Santa suit! Stuffed!

We always have some fun gift game too. This year, the gift exchange required a ten-dollar present and the only caveat was we had to shop at the 99 Cent store. Imagine all that fun junk that was beautifully wrapped and handed out by Santa! Lucas loved his straw hat and cheap sunglasses!  

Breath Santa!

Ho, ho, ho! My Teckie Santa did a jolly job, however his legs received the gift of a workout with all those bottoms, large and small, parked on his lap.  I think the "little ones" believed him, but the pillow shoved in his suit was waaaay to big and when he sat down, it looked like he was gasping for air to make room for all that padding bursting from his chest.
It was a memorable night and worth the drive or flight for all who attended. Family is a blessing, but you already know that. Right?
Walking in a suburban-neighborhood wonderland
Another blessing? Good neighbors (think State Farm). We took our annual neighborhood-Christmas-lights walk one chilly night after dinner, cocoa and all. I love me those simple Christmas traditions! Check out the paper cups for the kids. Why, yes! Laughter was plentiful!
Today we pack for a road trip to Palm Springs. It’s good to know that the Wiener Sisters, Chickens, and our casa are in wonderful watchful eyes and hands! Thanks Hurd Family!

Christmas Day we had dinner at Overboard’s with our Hawaiian cousins, and were entertained by Lucas and Daniel’s magic fingers on guitar and piano. These two should take their show on the road! Ham and turkey dinner was delicious, thanks to Overboard and her cooking-for-an-army-thang! The leftovers were even better! Cheers to Italian Mothers everywhere! Clink!
We watched Elf for the third time in two weeks and I could sit through it again, just to hear my favorite line “But the children love the books.” Elf fans, I'm sure you get it!
The other Elf on the scene was Benson. At two, he's not grasping the concept of it all, clinging to the first gift he opened: a Chuckit for him to play with the dog. Everything paled next to this gift, despite receiving a mountain of awesome kiddie presents. Forget about a new camera, or perfume from Santa next year. After seeing the immense joy over a plastic doggie-ball thrower, I'd like a Chuckit in 2013!
Until then, we will continue to "Party like a Crosetti"
thanks to our start by Great-Grandpa John!
Merry Christmas!

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