Merry Christmas Eve my friends!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Like I mentioned on yesterday’s post, I spent this past weekend with my family and celebrated Christmas a few days early since I’ll be working on Christmas day.
And it was a weekend FULL of marvelousness and merriment!
Starting with the Christmas tree itself…
I just love how it looks once all the presents are set out!
When I was a kid, I used to wake up in the middle of the night (far too early to even think about stirring the parentals) and I’d scurry out to the living room just to LOOK at the tree in all it’s Christmas wonderment. I would never even get close enough to see who’s gifts were who’s…I just wanted to soak up the vision of it all…then I would run back to my room, pull the covers up, and sleep a few more hours with the biggest, goofiest smile on my face!
Saturday afternoon was spent with my dad’s side of the family…
And we had our family’s first Dirty Santa gift exchange!
I swear we’re not all a bunch of alcoholics! 😉
I was the first to “dirty” up the game when I stole this from my mom! She laughed when I told her I was going to drink green smoothies out of it!
I have to say, this was one of the most creative gifts…my sister and my dad got together and folded up 20 one dollar bills into different forms of origami…my grandmother ended up with it and got a kick out of all the shapes!
Then?…then there was the Finger Food Feast of 2012!
My dad did all the food shopping this year and spent so much time preparing the food and setting everything up…can you believe this wasn’t even everything he bought?!
And of COURSE I made the deviled eggs…only this time I changed up the recipe AGAIN and this one is even BETTER…recipe coming soon!
Later that night, I worked on some holiday stress-relief…
Aka gift wrapping.
Each and every year I spend HOURS perfecting each and every package…curling and twisting ribbon until my fingers begin to cramp and my back starts to ache…and I love every minute of it!
Can you believe this was all just for my mom, dad, and sister? Yep, I spoiled them rotten this year! 😀
But they spoiled me right back!
Sunday morning, we all woke up early and did our “Christmas Morning” gift exchange…
Of course, I was wearing my new “Christmas Eve” PJ’s 😀
The first gift: Rachel Ray garbage bowl…also makes a great hat…who knew?! 😉
I also got some pretty square plates, a GINORMOUS pancake spatula, American Eagle gift cards, slippers, argyle socks, a necklace and earring set, and a pumpkin candle that I only wish was edible!
But the best gift I received?
Every year when my mom asks what we want for Christmas, I say I want a pony and my sister says she wants a unicorn…
Well, she finally broke down and bought them for us…
We couldn’t breath we were laughing so hard!
After I regained my composure, I headed to the kitchen to get started on breakfast…
How convenient: MY new spatula and MOM’S new frying pan!
Then, we were off to celebrate with my mom’s side of the family…
We kept it simple this year and just did lunch and spent time together instead of exchanging gifts, but then as we were heading out the door, my grandmother surprised us all with twenties.
It was definitely a jam-packed weekend…pretty sure I only averaged about 5 hours of sleep each night and then of course my workweek started last night after all of it, but if I had it to do all over, I wouldn’t change a thing!
Christmas only comes once a year.
Family time is much too precious.
And well, you can sleep when your dead! 😉