Hi everyone! Merry Christmas! I still can't believe we are watching this in July! Christmas is my favorite time of the year. If you can't let bygones be bygones this time of year than you probably never will. Something is just in the air, and when I said I feel Christmas, I mean it! I love it! I always decorate over the top and add a little more each year. Joe always yells at me and says I buy too many Christmas decorations. I want every decoration when I walk into those stores. It's pretty much the same as when I walk into a shoe store!
Joe and I always have issues when we put up our tree… the lights never work, we always mess up the order, the small one is always on the bottom when it's supposed to be on the top. It's always a mess. If you couldn't tell, Joe does not enjoy decorating. He just wants to get it over with, but my little munchkins love it!
This time of year is about the children, and of course it's Jesus's birthday! So I decided to have a Christmas party with two things in mind – it would be a good reason to get everyone together and move forward so we can all remember how much we really do love each other, and secondly, it would help children that are not fortunate enough to be home this time of year. It was for the children of St. Joseph's hospital in Paterson, New Jersey. What an amazing hospital. I'll never forget when Gino was a small baby and he was hospitalized for five days there. It broke my heart walking around those hallways and seeing those children away from home. It made me realize how every moment with your children is so important. Forget the small stuff. What matters is your health and the health of your children, nothing else really matters. Thank God Gino was fine and everything was good after that, but I'll never forget sleeping in that chair night after night and wishing I could take the pain away from him. I always remember that feeling and knew I wanted to do something for the hospital. So glad that I had the chance to do it, and all of our friends helped out!
Didn't the Christmas party look great? Fabulous Fred did an amazing job and did everything I asked for just perfectly! I loved the carolers! I can't stop laughing when I think of Albie, Chris, and Greg taking the picture on the step and repeat! They are hilarious! I really enjoy spending time with them… they are so easy to get along with and very down to earth. Greg is as fabulous as they come! And Lauren reminds me of a little Caroline, she is a smart cookie. I feel like she says it all with her face, just watch her and you'll see!
The night really was going well, until little miss trouble decided to bring a friend. I'm sure you are asking why Kim G. was there in the first place. Let me explain. Kim G. is not a good friend of mine, but she is in our circle of acquaintances and attends a lot of the same events that we do. I can't go around having issues with everyone my family members don't get along with, so I chose just to stay cordial. But come on Kim G., really! Why did she do that? I can't believe Monica would even want to come. It all just didn't make sense to me. Teresa and I might have our issues, but family is family. This is her brother's house and by no means will I let her feel uncomfortable in it. That's not why I invited her, I wanted her to be happy and just enjoy being with us on Christmas. I was not going to let a complete stranger ruin our night. I didn't think twice about asking her to leave. I did feel embarrassed for Monica and tried to do it as politely as possible.
Kathy and Teresa's little clash was sad. I think Kathy really just wanted to let bygones be bygones. I think the holidays are a good time to forgive and forget. I know those were Kathy's intentions, she kept going over to Teresa because she clearly wanted to talk and not just say hi. I did feel bad for her that night, she was really trying to fix things. They are blood so having a disagreement is normal, but dragging it on and on I don't think is a good idea. I know Rich was very upset when they were in my bathroom, but I thought he was so funny. He really would have burnt the house down if Kathy told him too! He will do anything for her happiness, you have to give him that, he supports his wife to the end.
I really hope next week's episode shows some of the fun we had that night! I swear we had a blast! Come on, everybody, it's Christmas!
Finally, I have to say I love the bracelet that Caroline and Albert went to create for their family. They continue to show how nothing means more to them. That bracelet was gorgeous and the jewelry store looked like it had some pretty incredible pieces. I will say I do see the family wearing them, and they are such a nice representation of what family should be. I love how the figures all make a whole. What else is there in life? Nothing.
Everyone has been asking, so here are some businesses that helped me make an incredible Christmas Party…
www.fab-foods.com - Everything fabulous and the best party food!
www.partiesbyme.com - Incredible DJ services and they brought me the best casino tables.
You can find the gorgeous carolers at firstname.lastname@example.org
I bought the beautiful Christmas Decorator at www.homesweethomeshop.net
My dress was a Mandalay from Reve boutique in Englewood, NJ
My pretty headband was from www.thesassyshopgirl.com
And of course I can never go to a party without the most incredible make-up artist in the world @georgemiguelc. Love him!
Last but not least, I hope you caught Joe and I on Watch What Happens Live last night. We had such a blast in the studio with Andy celebrating the second anniversary of WWHL! I just put the finishing touches on my new website www.melissagorga.co, which will be live tonight! You can read all about the craziness on WWHL on my blog and check out new photos from some of my recent appearances.
I hope everyone has a magnifico giornata!
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