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