Christmas with the Kuhns Family

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January 28, 2014 by travelingsole

Christmas is my favorite holiday. By far. It is the only time of year when our family is guaranteed to be together for any extended period of time. Festive lights. Great excuses to talk to complete strangers. Hustle and bustle of shopping (not always a positive). Wrapping paper. Giving and giving. Oh and then of course food, cookies, and chocolate. Many other things should be included in this list but how long do you really want to be here reading this?

This year we added Virginia and Kenneth getting engaged to the fun events at Christmas.

Newly engaged as of December 23rd

Newly engaged as of December 23rd? I should know these things. – note the amazing tea set Kenneth gave her. He picked it out himself. hmmm me things he has good taste. It’s Polish.

This Christmas we made many happy memories together as a family. We were together for most of a week. That is rare. My mom calls our house an airport. We come and go so often and we can rarely “count to 9.” Now we count to 12 with a wife, a fiancé, and a girlfriend.

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LtoR: Glendon, Lana aka girlfriend, Desirée aka wife, John Mark, Titus, Lucas, Dad/Kenny, Mom/Irma, Ginia, Kenneth aka fiance. Not pictured are myself and my handicap brother Stephen.

Stephen is in the next room. He doesn’t eat well sitting up so he doesn’t join us at the table.

Because of schedules and other families to consider we weren’t all together until Thursday night after Christmas. Even then most of us were together on Christmas Day which almost doesn’t happen anymore.

Christmas evening our church family got together for games and snacks in our shop. There are lot of people in our church that don’t have a lot of family to celebrate with. A couple of those families host whoever wants to come from the church and community. This happens at Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is what community is all about.

Church family and other community members

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A lot of games get played at the 4210 Kinsman Rd during the holiday season. If we are together as a family we are guaranteed to have IBC Root Beer, Cashews, Shrimp, and Games oh and Pepsi now that Desiree is a part of the family. We started playing games Saturday before Christmas and kept playing until New Year’s Day. Every day all day unless we were eating, sleeping, or opening presents. Games.

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Risk

I have 5 brothers. 4 of them love to play long strategy games. I’m sure if Stephen was able, he would join them. They sit for hours and hours playing Risk, Settlers of Catan, Puerto Rico, and anything else that involves a lot of statistical probabilities.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Glendon

Glendon

John Mark

John Mark

Stephen adores Mom. You should hear him laugh when she comes home after being away for a while.

Stephen adores Mom. You should hear him laugh when she comes home after being away for a while.

Titus

Titus

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Lucas

With 11 people to play games there are normally at least 2 3-4 person games going at once. Rook is an old one we still pull out sometimes.

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Sometimes it gets a little out of hand.

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Can’t quite get the courage to do it but…

this is what happens when you cheat and brag

this is what happens when you cheat and brag about it

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Sometimes other strange things happen... when you don't have enough mirrors to go around you just have to improvise.

Sometimes other strange things happen… when you don’t have enough mirrors to go around you just have to improvise.

What kind of family is this?

What kind of family is this?

Strange!

Strange!

We love each other. We fight well and play well. We’d do anything for each other.

Possibly the best father on the planet

Possibly the best father on the planet

With his beautiful wife

With his beautiful wife they pretty much raised the best pretty cool kids

Presents are always a fun part of our Christmas too. We love giving presents. It’s all about trying to figure out what the person wants or needs. We have a shared Google Doc with everyone’s lists so no one has to sneakily ask around. It’s usually a well kept who has whose name. (grammatically correct? not sure. don’t really care)

Wrapping last minute presents.

Wrapping last minute presents.

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Mom’s new Butcher Block Kitchen Island

Gag gifts and weird wrapping are always a big part of presents. One year I got a bag inside a box inside a box inside a box inside a box.

You better watch how you word your wishlist in this house. "Powered toothbrush"? Could be a Battery powered or Hellow Kitty hand powered toothbrush.

You better watch how you word your wishlist in this house. “Powered toothbrush”? Could be a Battery powered or Hellow Kitty hand powered toothbrush.

This year Ginia was being difficult and wouldn't update her list. For the longest time the only thing on the list was "My two front teeth". I didn't know what to get her so this is what she got... Along with one or two other items she put up last minute. It's all about the strategy. If I started pushing her to update her list she would figure out I had her name. :( What you get Gin!

This year Ginia was being difficult and wouldn’t update her list. For the longest time the only thing on the list was “My two front teeth”. I didn’t know what to get her so this is what she got… Along with one or two other items she put up last minute. It’s all about the strategy. If I started pushing her to update her list she would figure out I had her name. 😦 What you get Gin!

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Peace, Love, Joy, and Family.

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Thanks,

Karli

4 thoughts on “Christmas with the Kuhns Family

  1. Anita says:

    Since I live in Poland, I recognized that pottery before I read your caption. He does have good taste!

  2. Diane Beachy says:

    Charming photos and great black & whites! Thanks for the holiday nostalgia…

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