Seasoned Greetings :) You’re Invited!

natashaskitchen natasha's kitchen, Family Christmas

… to our virtual holiday open house. Since it would be logistically impossible to have all of you over for a Christmas shindig, I’m inviting you to check out lots of photos from our virtual open house and I’ll have you know that I cleaned up just for you ;). I want to wish you all a wonderful and blessed Christmas! Christmas is tomorrow (like you all didn’t know) I’m just so excited! Read on to take the tour and see how we celebrate the birth of Christ :).

We start with my favorite: the Christmas tree. I see it from most spots in my Kitchen and I’m always starring at it while cooking. My finger tips are at higher risk of injury this time of year…

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Scenes from our mantle:

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That’s “ninja turkey” up there. My son named him. He is now a permanent member of the family and has secured a spot among the holiday decor. He and the little bird don’t get along, but they are civil. Kid art is the best! Children just make Christmas and life in general, so much richer. I love that the Christmas tree has 5 or 6 homemade ornaments that I treasure above any of the fancy store-bought ones.

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Meet our furry friends. They hang out on the dining table:

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And scenes from our living room buffet:

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Are you read for kissy pictures? If not, scroll fast!!

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Oh, just one more!

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I love how our son acts like he’s never seen it before! sheesh! lol.

Our Christmas card this year and this one is just for you! 🙂

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From our family to yours, have yourself the Merriest Christmas! We’ll be in church most of the day Thursday. What are you doing to celebrate? Church, gift exchanges, parties? Oh do share! 🙂

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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • January 4, 2015

    Such a beautiful family! Love you home, your christmas tree, and all the decorations! Sorry for belated wishes. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 5, 2015

      Thank you so much! Shinee you are so sweet 🙂 Merry Christmas (European Christmas is January 7th, so you’re still on time ;)), and have a wonderful and blessed New Year! 🙂 Reply

  • Teresa
    December 31, 2014

    You have such a beautiful family! Your son is just too cute, I want to eat him up!
    I hope you have a wonderful 2015!
    Teresa Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 31, 2014

      Thank you Teresa! Have an awesome New Year! 🙂 Reply

    • Victoria D.
      August 1, 2016

      Sorry I don’t think she has a recipe for her son! 🙂 😛 Reply

  • Lilia
    December 30, 2014

    I was looking for a great kompot and can’t believe I found a real Ukrainian cook with a fantastic blog! I miss my husband’s kompoty. Our 3-year old son and I moved back to the US from Kyiv earlier this year [my husband is an officer in Debaveltse now and he’s an avid cook like you]. I was looking for some comfort food and drinks to remind me of my husband while he’s away. Veselykh sviat ta Rizvom Krystovym! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 31, 2014

      That must be tough to be apart :(. I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed New Years! I’m so happy you found my blog and I hope you find many new favorite recipes 🙂 Reply

  • December 30, 2014

    Your tree is the BEST! I decided that next year I’m doing a colorful tree as well. Homemade ornaments are where it’s at. Your family photo turned out perfect!…that is no small feat;) I hope you guys had a fabulous Christmas! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 30, 2014

      Thank you so much Olviya :). Photos with kids and a giant belly are never easy. lol. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a blessed New Year! Reply

  • salwa abou haidar
    December 30, 2014

    merry Christmas and happy new year from Lebanon Reply

  • Diana
    December 27, 2014

    Oh how cute! I love the Christmas decorations! Wish I could’ve made my house extra special like yours! Well God Bless! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 27, 2014

      Thank you so much Diana 🙂 Reply

  • December 26, 2014

    Merry Christmas girl! Love your tree and your bump 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 26, 2014

      Thank you so much Katya! Merry Christmas 🙂 Reply

  • Natascia
    December 25, 2014

    Siete una famiglia splendida. Buon Natale anche a voi! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 26, 2014

      Thank you so much! Merry Christmas to you! 🙂 Reply

  • Esther
    December 25, 2014

    I love your website! Great decor and your family seems awesome. 🙂 After our Christmas lunch, I spent the rest of the day baking persimmon cakes for our grand family reunion tomorrow. All my cousins from different parts of the world will be here in Manila just for that. Have a great new year ahead of you! Thank you for sharing your life with all of us! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 25, 2014

      Persimmon cakes sound incredible! Is there a recipe you could share? I have to ask, you know 🙂 Have a wonderful Christmas! That family reunion sounds so fun! Reply

  • olga
    December 25, 2014

    Love Your family pic! where is your gray top from? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 25, 2014

      Thank you so much Olga. It’s from TJ Max, which makes it “one of a kind.” lol. We know it’s hard to find the same thing twice in those kind of stores. 🙂 Reply

  • Mark
    December 24, 2014

    Loved the photos. Just sent Christmas greeting to my daughter who just move to California, first Christmas without her and to my daughter in Finland. My wife decided to break tradition this year so I’m making homemade pizza for our Christmas dinner. Merry Christmas to your family from mine. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 25, 2014

      Thank you so much Mark! 🙂 That must be tough being away from family during the holidays. Homemade pizza sounds like a really yummy new tradition though! 🙂 Merry Christmas! Reply

  • Yelena
    December 24, 2014

    Natasha, your blog is an answer to my prayer. Seriously! My cousin shared with me and I’m in love with it ever since. Even if I’m not planning to cook I just love reading your recipes. My 3 yr old son enjoys watching your videos too 🙂 Thank you for all your hard work and for sharing your family with our family. May God Bless You Abundantly! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

    Он родился в такую же ночь,
    Только лишь без снегов и метели,
    Чтобы гибнущим людям помочь,
    Чтобы вечную жизнь все имели.

    Так же звезды мерцали вдали,
    И луна одиноко бродила.
    Только ангелов чудная песнь
    Старый мир к новой жизни будила.

    Чудный гимн я тот слышу сейчас:
    Пастухи у огня, свет в пещере;
    Эта песня святая не раз
    Прибавляла мне силы и веры.

    Знал ли Он, что Его в мире ждет,
    Для чего Ему дано родиться,
    Что толпа Его зверски распнет
    И жестоко над Ним наглумится?

    Знал ли Он, что с толпой рыбаков
    Увлечет Он полмира с Собою
    И что сквозь полусумрак веков
    Мы пойдем за Ним той же тропою?

    Да, Он знал, что Его предадут
    На лишенья, страданья и муки
    И что ржавим железом прибьют
    Его чистые добрые руки.

    Да, Он знал, что позорно умрет
    Для грядущих земных поколений
    И над грешной землею взойдет
    Ярким солнцем святое спасенье.

    Для того Он родился в ту ночь,
    И о том хоры ангелов пели:
    Что пришел Он всем людям помочь,
    Чтоб мы вечную радость имели. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 24, 2014

      I’m so happy you are enjoying the blog and that’s so sweet that your son likes the videos :). Awww! Oh how cool is that?! We are signing this song tomorrow in church. our worship team is singing it as a group song. I love that song!! 🙂 Merry Christmas to you! Reply

  • Irina Shevchenko
    December 24, 2014

    You have the most cutest little family. Your son is just adorable and you food…..it’s delicious Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 24, 2014

      Irina, you are so nice. Thank you 🙂 Reply

  • December 24, 2014

    Wishing you every happiness this Christmas and throughout the year. Merry Christmas! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 24, 2014

      Valya, thank you so much and to you as well! 🙂 Reply

  • Oksana
    December 24, 2014

    Omg u r wayy to cute!! Adorable family! God bless you guys!! Merry Christmas! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 24, 2014

      Oksana, thank you so much for your sweet words 🙂 Reply

  • Janna Gorobets
    December 24, 2014

    Beautiful home, beautiful family!

    We will also be in church and spending time with friends!

    Many blessings! <3 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 24, 2014

      That sounds wonderful Janna! Thank you so much and blessings to you as well 🙂 Reply

  • Vika
    December 24, 2014

    Wow, thank you for inviting us to your open house. It’s beautiful!! And your Christmas card is the cutest. May I ask where is it from? You are glowing and growing lol but in the good way 🙂
    We are going to church tonight and potluck after the service. Tomorrow, Christmas Day, is going to be spend opening presents and visiting family 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 24, 2014

      Thank you so much Vika! It’s actually from Costco! Every year I try to custom design one on my computer but this year things just got too busy so I opted for Costco 🙂 Reply

  • Danna Siumbeli
    December 24, 2014

    Obsolutely loved your decor, you’re such a cute preggo and I love making your recipes!! Tonight we’re gathering at my Parents house for delish dinner and open presents and tomorrow after morning church we gather at my inlaws and that’s always fun too 🙂 I love this time of year!! Merry Christmas from our Family to Yours! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 24, 2014

      Thank you so much Danna 🙂 I’m so glad you are enjoying the recipes! It sounds like you have a couple of fun days ahead of you. Have a wonderful Christmas! 🙂 Reply

  • Diana
    December 24, 2014

    You have a beautiful family and pretty decor. We will gather with my family today at my house. Tomorrow we are off to church than gathering with my husbands family. It’s the best time of the year. So much food, cookies, cakes you name it. But the best part is just to be with family. Merry Christmas to you!!!!  Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 24, 2014

      I couldn’t agree with you more! Family is the best part. Thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful and blessed Christmas! Reply

  • Pat
    December 24, 2014

    Love the pics….tonight we’re doing something totally different, my youngest granddaughters want an ugly sweater party with no sit down dinner…finger food, so that’s what it’ll be. We really celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7th with all the traditional foods. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 24, 2014

      I absolutely love that we get to celebrate on the 7th as well! That ugly sweater party sounds awesome! How fun!! Reply

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