2017 Souto Family Christmas Get Together

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


This past Saturday was our 2017 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. 

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 very little stealing until we were about half way through, and the stealing began.  My youngest sister had her presents stolen 4 times. 

We also did a cook swap for the first time this year.  There were so many cookies that everyone went home with enough cookies to probably last for a year.  Below are some pictures of the 2017 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 2017 Souto Family Christmas Get Together, and are already making plans for the Souto Family Christmas Get Together For 2018




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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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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

It's easy to see that the Souto Family was having a wonderful time together...and that's what Christmas is all about.  Thank you for sharing the fabulous photos George Souto ...did you get any leftovers on the food?

Dec 21, 2017 07:12 PM #2
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

What a fun Christmas you Soutos have, George! I love the gift exchange! We have a 'friend' celebration each year and this year, I got my gift stolen 4 times and we think that's the record! 

Merry Christmas to you and yours, George!

Dec 21, 2017 09:40 PM #3
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

What a nice event. I am glad you are keeping this tradition going strong, George.

Dec 21, 2017 10:03 PM #4
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George my friend I have never seen so much desert in one place, loved it, Merry Christmas to you and your family if we do not connect, Endre

Dec 21, 2017 11:33 PM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

How fortunate you are to have a whole family and be anle to celebrate in the house in which you all lived to make even more memories !

Dec 22, 2017 03:15 AM #6
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi George... I can't tell you how much I enjoyed looking at these pictures... this is truly what family is all about.

Dec 22, 2017 04:54 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That looks and sounds like a really fun time, I love the pictures!  I know that Barbara Todaro would like that Patriots Santa hat that the one boy has on!

Dec 22, 2017 05:37 AM #8
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Sounds and looks like a wonderful time, George.  If you have too many cookies left over, feel free to send them to me.  

Dec 22, 2017 05:40 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi George - I love your very active family and looks like plenty of kids which brightens the holiday.  I love the cookie exchange too. 

Dec 22, 2017 07:00 AM #10
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


What a fun time that must have been, given your description and these wonderful photos. We did this a couple of times with my wife's family but over time too many people got too scattered as the younger generations moved on. The cookie exchange sounds like fun - the more the better.


Dec 22, 2017 08:10 AM #11
Lee Potts
Aloha Group Maui - Lahaina, HI
The smarter we work, the luckier you get.

Good Times George!  Thanks for sharing :)

Dec 22, 2017 02:23 PM #12
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Love that your family carries the 'gathering' tradition forward, George Souto ...it is so important for families to do...missing mine this year.

Dec 22, 2017 02:51 PM #13
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

George, the fun you had reflects in your photos!  That is a ton of cookies and they all look delicious!

Dec 22, 2017 03:55 PM #14
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

It simply doesn't get much better than that, George.  And, I'd say you won't experience a shortgage of cookies in quite some time.

Dec 22, 2017 04:12 PM #15
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS George, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!    

Dec 22, 2017 04:13 PM #16
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