2016 Souto Family Christmas Get Together

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Mortgage and Lending with George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages NMLS #65149

 

This past Saturday was our 2016 Souto Family Christmas Get Together.  Every year my brother's, sister's and my family get together for one big Christmas Party at the home all of us grew up in, and now is home to my youngest sister and her husband.  It is always a special time, especially to see the excitement in all the kids faces as they play together, and anxiously wait to open up presents from their Aunts and Uncles. 

This year was a little different because most of the kids were involved in other activities and could not be there.  However, the food was excellent as always, and it is one of the few times of the year I get to have Portuguese food.  Anything left over gets taken back home with me, so I do my best to chase everyone away from the food table, but no one listens to me.

We play a fairly common game with the presents, where we pick numbers and then pick presents in the order of the number we have selected.  When your number is called you can either choose from one of the remaining unopened presents, or steal a present from someone who has selected before you.  This year there was less steeling than last year, but we still had lot of fun.  Below are some pictures of the 2016 Souto Family Christmas Get Together.

 

 

As much fun as opening presents is, and pigging out on all the food, it is the family time that is really special.  We all have families, and weekends seem to be filled with family activities, so we do not all get together at one time much throughout the year.  Christmas is the one time we all make the effort to put all the busyness in our lives aside, and spend quality family time together.  We all enjoyed our 2016 Souto Family Christmas Get Together, and are already making plans for the Souto Family Christmas Get Together For 2017

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George Souto NMLS# 65149 is a Loan Originator who can assist you with all your #FHA, #CHFA, and #Conventional #mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes #Middletown, #Middlefield, #Durham, #Cromwell, #Portland, #Higganum, #Haddam, #East Haddam, #Moodus, #Chester, #Deep River, and #Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or gsouto@mccuemortgage.com

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George Souto NMLS# 65149 is a Loan Originator who can assist you with all your #FHA, #CHFA, and #Conventional #mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes #Middletown, #Old Saybrook, #Middlefield, #Durham, #Cromwell, #Portland, #Higganum, #Haddam, #East Haddam, #Moodus, #Chester, #Deep River, and #Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or souto@snet.net

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Jeff Dowler
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Hi George

Looks like it was a wonderful family celebration with lots of food - do you have a favorite? Hope you got to take home plenty of leftovers. Thanks for sharing your personal time with us. Happy Holidays!

Jeff

Dec 19, 2016 07:38 PM #1
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A lot of smiling faces and there has to be great food at a family gathering

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Good morning, George... what a great way to get a family together during the holidays. Clearly, a good time was had by all.

Dec 20, 2016 05:16 AM #3
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So wonderful George and what a gathering of family to enjoy...only part of my family was able to gather this year...miss the togetherness.  Enjoy your holidays!

Dec 20, 2016 10:51 AM #4
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Looks like a lot of fun and many memories made. Family gatherings like this seem to bring up all kinds of long ago memories and fun stories told over and over each year. I like the number type gift giving. It's always good for a few laughs. Best wishes for a lovely holiday season and prosperous year ahead. 

Dec 20, 2016 11:00 AM #5
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Hi George - That looks like a packed house and a fun time. I have a friend who always brings me back some of his mother's holiday Portuguese specialties, and I always look forward to it. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Dec 20, 2016 11:58 AM #6
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That food looks really good and getting together with family is special. We play the Dirty Santa game too and the last couple of years there hasn't been much stealing. We must be satisfied with what we get.

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Those scenes are what the holidays are all about, George.  I love that sweater on one of your family members!  Ya gotta know which one I'm talking about! 

Dec 20, 2016 04:31 PM #8
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CONGRATULATIONS George, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!    

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Hi George. Thanks for sharing the pictures.  It looks like a wonderful family.

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Oh, I miss family Christmas Parties. I would give anything to have just one more...

You have a beautiful family tradition and the family looks so loving and kind. It must be very special for you to have the party at the house you grew up in. If only the walls could talk, they'd be sharing stories about you and your immediate family that many have forgotten and can now laugh and enjoy.

God bless you! One and all!!!

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Everyone looked to be having fun at your annual party! So glad you are able to see each other! My family is across the country and this is the first year my Mom won't be there. It will be tough on them!

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