the three days of christmas

December 27, 2011

Well, that’s it — Christmas is officially over for the CEC household. After a celebratory time that started on Saturday at 3:00 pm and ended last night at 10:30 pm, I have to say I am completely and utterly exhausted. Exhausted, yes — but also so incredibly blessed for my family and this Christmas season.

I don’t know about you, but girl could use a salad up in here pronto. After 72 hours of eating absolutely nothing green, I’m craving a big bowl of nutrients in a bad way. Anyone else eat too much sugar on Christmas? I say live it up (since I did too), but boy oh boy am I suffering now. I find it interesting how quickly our bodies can react to what we put in it and how long it takes for everything to get “back to normal”.

I didn’t take too many pictures over Christmas, mostly for the sake of enjoying my family and being “in” the moment instead of trying to capture them, but there were quite a few highlights along the way.

On Saturday afternoon, my family headed out to our Christmas Eve service followed by my mom and dad’s house for dinner and presents. On Christmas Eve, we always do Italian food — and this year was no different. My mom made lasagna for everyone, and I made the two of us brown rice pasta with marinara sauce. After dinner, we all settled in to watch the first round of my favorite Christmas movie in the world — A Christmas Story. However, sounds of an eight and ten year old continuing to ask when we were going to open presents stole the show and soon we succumbed to their requests. Presents of the night? Lulumeon Wunder Unders (ohmygoshthesearethebestpantsintheworldiswear), Starbuck’s gift cards, and a gift card to a gluten free bakery near my house. #score

The best reaction of the night, however, was from my niece Alyssa who has been coveting an American Girl doll for the last year. On Friday when we went downtown, my mom and I made sure to bring her into the American Girl Doll store and talk about how awesome they were. She was so excited when she opened her doll on Saturday.

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On Christmas morning, the Husband and I did our Christmas at home. I woke up at 6:00 (apparently I still get excited about presents), but didn’t rouse him from bed until 8:00 (such a good wife). We lounged around for a bit and ate cinnamon rolls and drank coffee until it was time for us to open presents. Santa was extremely good to both of us this year — he finally got to open his beloved iPad, while I was surprised with a zoom lens for my Rebel and my first pair of real UGG boots. We reminisced about how on Christmas last year, we had only had Charlie for two days and how we lucked out with such a great dog. #sappy

After our own little family Christmas, we headed out to my aunt’s house for my side of the family’s celebration. 

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After a wonderful dinner and stuffed stomachs, we headed out to the Husband’s aunts for round two with presents and desserts. We finally made it home a little after 9:00, but so exhausted I couldn’t even make it awake until 10:00.

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Yesterday we ended our celebration with the Husband’s immediate family. We went to his parents’ house for brunch and presents, where the day was filled with my nieces and nephew jumping on Charlie and other little kid shenanigans.

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I am also happy to announce that my mother in law knows me so well and got me an immersion blender! How she knew I needed on was beyond me, but I’m pretty excited to make soup and try it out! Charlie made out like a bandit too — a few tennis balls and a new bone. Lucky boy — ps, the picture below is ridiculous —ha!

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Needless to say, it was definitely a fun, yet exhausting first part of the day. And I say first part of the day because immediately after, we headed back to my aunt’s house for leftover night — where we get our last dose of the Christmas dinner (unless you are like me and bring leftovers home to avoid cooking for at least three more days) and play a rousing game of Scattergories. The best answer of the night? Category: Names in the Bible. Answer from my uncle: Cleopatra. I think we all about died from laughing so hard at that one. The Husband and I did not come out victorious, but my sister and brother in law beat my dad and uncle, which really is the point of the game.

I am always a little sad when Christmas is over — it’s a time of the year where I am guaranteed to see all of my family, laugh a lot, and indulge in good food and drinks. However, I am more than happy to get back to my normal routine. My goal for today is to clean this disgusting house (seriously.), get in an awesome workout, and do some present exchanging. I am so unbelievably happy that I get to have some extended time off (teacher perks!) to settle back into a routine. I hope everyone’s Christmases were happy and bright!

If you made it to the bottom of this post, kudos to you.

Question: What was the best part of your holiday celebration this year?

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nicole marie December 27, 2011 at 9:08 am

charlie!!!!!!!!! my gwendolyn is gushing over his handsomeness!!!!!!!!! :)

best part of my holiday? i summarised it here, in my post called, “the happiest christmas”: http://nicoleandgwendolyn.com/2011/12/25/the-happiest-christmas/. it was, indeed, the happiest christmas of them all! :) why? my dog, my sister, my mom, my SimpleHuman drain board, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

the lululemon pants that you referenced are fabulous. i own three pairs. enjoy your last week of 2012, adorned in Uggs, ms. fabulous! :) x

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nicole marie December 27, 2011 at 9:26 am

eeks! i meant, “enjoy your last week of 2011!” see what dogs and fashion do to me?! they render my brain as completely useless. :) x

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cleaneatingchelsey December 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

:) Thanks Nicole – glad you had a great Christmas!

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marty December 27, 2011 at 9:16 am

I got an immersion blender too! So funny at how excited I get at the dorky items :)

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Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life December 27, 2011 at 9:22 am

Haha, I think we’re definitely both on the same page today, judging by our posts! The holidays were definitely great but I am SO ready to get back to a routine…without cookies! ;)

I got a brand-spankin’ new camera for Christmas this year and I really need to learn how to use it…ummm, help me, Chelsey! :)

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cleaneatingchelsey December 27, 2011 at 9:37 am

:) I was so excited for you when you opened your Rebel! And I loved how your face was about the same as my niece’s when you saw your surprise present – too hilarious!! My suggestion is to just play around in manual mode for a few days to figure it out. That’s how I learned. Reading did NOTHING for me – I need some hands on learning!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

I need some green things stat. I’ve been thinking about a kale salad all morning. That’s how you know there have been too many sweets because that’s not normal!
I got my mom a pair of wunder unders this year and was seriously jealous of my own present to her! Enjoy your week off…jealous! ;)

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cleaneatingchelsey December 27, 2011 at 9:37 am

Kale salad sounds DELISH!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 27, 2011 at 9:34 am

Awesome family pics and glad you all had a nice holiday!

And yes, even I cry Uncle with the sugar and I love me some sugary, uber sweet desserts. Normally it comes for me during/after traveling when all you’re eating is cardboard snacks-in-a-bag. Nothing like that first salad or first piece of real fruit afterward.

Best part of December…Being in Aruba. Headed back to San Diego later today.

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cleaneatingchelsey December 27, 2011 at 9:38 am

I am dying for my salad at lunch today – so excited! And I am so weird.

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Baking Serendipity December 27, 2011 at 9:38 am

Merry Christmas! Yours sounds fantastic :) We adopted our dog on NYE last year and it was such fun to have him as part of the holiday this year. Love the tennis ball picture!

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Katy (The Singing Runner) December 27, 2011 at 9:46 am

I LOVE your niece’s expression! That is the face of pure happiness!

Looks like you had a great Christmas! :D Can’t wait to finally meet you in less than 2 weeks!

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cleaneatingchelsey December 27, 2011 at 11:02 am

So excited!

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Amanda December 27, 2011 at 9:50 am

Charlie is so adorable! My dogs LOVE those squeaky tennis balls, but after a while I have to hide them because I can’t handle any more of the squeaks!

I was craving vegetables so badly this morning, I ate roasted brussels sprouts and tofu for breakfast! It’s weird, but exactly what I wanted. The thought of something sweet was making me nauseas.

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cleaneatingchelsey December 27, 2011 at 11:03 am

That is so funny! I love it!

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Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 27, 2011 at 9:57 am

I have to say that this is one of the best Christmas’s my family has had! These are wonderful pictures, and sounds like you had a wonderful time celebrating! I agree with you though, I need a large salad! I am ready to get back to a “normal” routine!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 27, 2011 at 10:04 am

Best part was just hanging with my family! Glad you had a great Christmas :D

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Lauren December 27, 2011 at 10:15 am

Immersion blenders make your life so much better.

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cleaneatingchelsey December 27, 2011 at 11:03 am

I had one but it broke, so I am more than excited!!

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 27, 2011 at 10:16 am

so glad to hear you had such a wonderful Christmas! i’m looking forward to getting back into my normal routine too. a green salad never tasted so good yesterday! ;)

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Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee December 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

I got a ton of Clinique goodies!!! I remember when I was little and I got an American Girl doll- best birthday ever. :)

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cleaneatingchelsey December 27, 2011 at 11:03 am

I used to wear clinique! They make really great products.

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Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 27, 2011 at 10:35 am

I’m glad you had such a great Christmas! It definitely sounds like a marathon of events!

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Claire December 27, 2011 at 10:46 am

I think all of us healthy living bloggers are feeling the ramification of delicious, sugar-laden treats today haha. My mom is currently in the kitchen and KEEPS cooking (breakfast, snacks, etc.) and it’s nauseating…HAHA. I suppose I can handle it, since I’m moving to Seattle from Chicago today :-)

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cleaneatingchelsey December 27, 2011 at 11:04 am

To Seattle? Good luck!

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List December 27, 2011 at 10:50 am

Jealous of the Uggs…I’m not materialistic, but I really want a real pair of Uggs!! Maybe for Valentine’s?

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Lauren December 27, 2011 at 11:05 am

I’m glad you enjoyed your holiday! Does your Aunt read your blog, maybe you mentioned it on here and she picked it up! I know I always try to listen to sneaky things like, “I always wanted to buy one of those.”

I definitely feel you on the greens! Last night I had veggies for the first time as a side dish (instead of cookies) and I felt my body soak in the nutrients haha! What kind/color of Uggs did you get?! Mocs? Boots? They’re SO comfortable. #love

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 27, 2011 at 11:36 am

It sounds like you had such a busy but amazing Christmas! I’ve been feeling the effects of too much food and sugar too though. :P It felt it sooo good to get to the gym and eat a ton of vegetables for lunch!

Enjoy your Uggs! Just a warning though – you’re never going to want to wear real shoes again! ;)

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Rachelle December 27, 2011 at 11:45 am

Wow that’s a lot going on in three days. The best part of Christmas this year was my 3 year old rushing everyone to bed so that Santa could come and then us waking him up the next morning to have him run down the hall and tear into the presents. Enjoy your time off!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life December 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm

It looks like a wonderful photo – your niece’s face when she opened that gift is so classic. I think we hit a certain age, maybe in our 20s, when we enjoy Christmas still but it loses some magic, and then we need to start hanging around kids more to see the magic again through their eyes. So cute!

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Katy @ A Shot of Life December 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Sounds like a great Christmas! Your niece’s reaction is priceless- I can remember how excited I was to get my American Girl doll mannnnnnnnnny years ago. ;-) Can’t wait to see some pictures with your new lens!! I got a big girl camera and definitely need some lessons!

And I feel ya on the lack of greens/too much sweets! I need a salad, stat!

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cleaneatingchelsey December 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm

When we were in the store on Friday, my mom and I were seriously SO pumped. It was like reliving my childhood all over again!

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Kudos to me I made it to the bottom haha, that made me laugh. I’m so glad you had a wonderful holiday! It’s definitely upsetting that it’s over, but I am glad to get back into the routine.

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Kristabel December 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Yay for having a good Christmas. My brother surprising me with a Keurig was a highlight. :-)

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cleaneatingchelsey December 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm

That is such a great present!!

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm

That pic of your niece opening up the present is so adorable!! I love candid pics like that!

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Brandi @ Faith Fitness and Laughter December 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! I think your nieces expression is just too cute. My niece got this Judy Moody (I think that’s the name of it) movie and she wanted to watch it right then!

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cleaneatingchelsey December 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm

My littler nieces and nephew opened up like EVERYTHING on spot. It was so funny.

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Khushboo December 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm

What a wonderful Christmas- glad you enjoyed it! I’m with you about getting back into some kinda routine! But for what it’s worth, I’m sure your workout was great today after all the Christmas “carbo-loading” ;)

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Allison (Allison's Delicious Life) December 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Aww this looks like so much fun. I love watching little kids open presents. My brother used to have the BEST facial expressions each time–he looked so shocked. For Christmas this year, I put together a ton of photos of him opening presents each year and made it into a DVD with Christmas music. It was hilarious to watch.

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Tina @ Best Body Fitness December 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Sounds like a GREAT one! And busy. It’s nice having family all closeby but it does get hectic on holiday seasons, huh? I relate.

Yay for an immersion blender. I got one for Christmas last year and LOVE that thing. Great for soups. And for making baby food. Not that you need it for that yet since I was all wrong and everything. Haha!

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cleaneatingchelsey December 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm

hahaha!!! You’re too much.

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Michaela December 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I notice you put some leggins on ;)
Sounds like a lovely christmas and that picture of your niece is priceless!

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cleaneatingchelsey December 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm

darn right I did!

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Anna December 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Aw I miss having younger kids around who really get excited for Christmas and presents! My favorite part was having family around and seeing my niece!

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janetha December 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm

um, seeing the look on kids’ faces when they get gifts they love is the BEST thing ever. shoot, even on adults’ faces! you caught a great shot up there. also, the one of charlie and the ball killed me. so cute. loved your holiday recap! xoxo

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles December 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I’m so glad you took some time for you- to truly enjoy the holiday!…. How sweet that you two looked back to the first few days with Charlie, you did luck out with such a sweet dog! That picture is the best!!!
You niece is growing (mine had on a candy cane dress on Christmas day- stole my heart!) and looking as adorable as usual!
My family was the best part of the holiday and the hugs- oh my goodness the hugs and love! I spent hours and hours and hours kissing my niece and nephew!

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Erica @ For the Sake of Cake December 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Glad to see you had a wonderful holiday!

I’ve had my eye on immersion blender for a while now. Can’t wait to see what yummy soups you come up with!

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Dani December 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm

the best part of christmas for me was definitely just all of the time spent with my family! its so great to have everyone together!

merry christmas! sounds like you had a great holiday with all of your fam!

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Meesh December 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm

It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday! For once, I ate pretty well during the Christmas season and I actually lost weight when I weighed in yesterday! The best part of myChristmas is for sure spending time with my family – I don’t get to do it often!

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Alexa @ A Life in Drive December 27, 2011 at 6:21 pm

The best part was splitting Christmas morning between houses of my fiancé’s parents and my family. We loved seeing everyone. I always love opening stockings more than anything! Sometimes the small, practical gifts are the best.

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Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) December 27, 2011 at 6:57 pm

oh wonder unders are popping up everywhere… I’m trying to withhold my jealousy… one day! :) But in the meantime, I’m loving my new computer!

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Lauren @ Fun, fit and Fabulous! December 27, 2011 at 10:13 pm

What a fun Christmas. I went to the grocery store today and pretty much only purchased veggies! After all the sugar and not so healthy food my hands just automatically reached for them! :) Salads for the rest of the week! The best party about my Christmas was getting to see my little brothers and sisters. We are rarely all together so it was super nice!

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Emily December 28, 2011 at 12:34 am

Aww, your niece’s expression is priceless! I’m pretty sure I had the same reaction when I got my first American Girl doll. I don’t know what it is about those dolls- girls love them!
It looks (and sounds) like you had a lovely Christmas celebration. My body has definitely been craving lots of greens and fruits after spending 48 hours in a comfort-food coma. It really is amazing how quickly our bodies react when our diets temporarily change.

Oh, and I’m dying to try a pair of Wunder Unders!

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Kris | iheartwellness.com December 28, 2011 at 12:54 am

Awwww, what a FAB christmas you had!!! Hahaha, I had to remind myself to eat a bowl of greens or a smoothie!! At one point I reached into the spinach container, plopped it onto a plate and doused it in dijon..thats it, just to get it in! LOL!!

I’m tired too….sigh.

xxoo

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Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 28, 2011 at 8:02 am

I still seriously wish I got AG dolls for Christmas. They’re awesome…I had all of them for awhile (my grandparents spoiled me), and then they started churning out new ones like no one’s business. Which one did she get?!

Looks like you had a good Christmas, love- happy new year!!

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Sarah December 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Looks like you had a great Christmas!

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