I hope your Christmas was wonderful. Ours was busy and full and great!
We started our Christmas celebration on Christmas Eve. Some of the women on my mom's side of the family always gather together for breakfast on Christmas Eve at Cracker Barrel. We enjoyed this year and it's great to see some of my favorite family members. The photo above is my mom, my sister and me in the "store". :)
My family has always done our big food-gathering-and-present-opening on Christmas Eve, so they came over to our house and we commenced eating and opening presents. We normally do heavy appetizers and snacks for the "meal" so I prepared a few appetizers along with a selection of Christmas sweets I'd made. My Christmas "Bark" was a hit this year and I think I'll make it part of my normal Christmas baking from now on. I am so blessed and I got so many wonderful gifts including these shoes I've been swooning over for months, a trip for M and I to the Grove Park Inn, 4 cardigans, workout/running gear, the cake stand we registered for and didn't get for a wedding gift and other fun things. It was a great night!
M and I woke up early on Christmas day and exchanged gifts to each other. M got me a gorgeous pearl necklace that I wanted and I got him some sunglasses he'd been eyeing. We also did stockings...and set a ridiculously low budget for them...which caused us to each get creative...and a bit ridiculous with our stocking stuffers. :)
Photo isn't really relevant to the recap...I just thought it was cute. :)
We headed to M's parents' house to open gifts and eat breakfast. I loved watching my niece and nephew open their gifts and my niece got a GoGo My Walking Pup that I remember my sister getting when she was little. I played with it...probably more than my niece did. HA!
We then made trips to my grandparents' house in Columbia for lunch and then spent the afternoon with my dad's extended family outside of Columbia. We made it back home around 6pm...exhausted! It was a long day!
Our Christmas weekend ended with a family gathering Saturday night with my other grandparents. I really enjoyed having something like that AFTER Christmas because it gives you something to look forward to after Christmas Day is over AND you don't have to move schedules around and potentially make people mad because usually no one has other plans 2 days after Christmas. It was great!
Finally, I ended the weekend by putting up my Christmas stuff (much to my surprise). Usually I want to leave it up as long as possible but this year, I was just ready to put my house back together. My decor had already been up a month and a half, so I was okay with taking it all down. Now, I'm finishing up the last of the Christmas bark and watching a few episodes of Peaky Blinders before bed. Thank goodness I'm off Monday and Tuesday...so I can get a few other things done around the house.
I hope you all had wonderful Christmases! Have a great day.