I'm going to pretend it's still Christmas, at least until New Years. I mean, don't you feel like Christmas is extended through January 1st as well? I always did (Hallmark does too....Christmas movies 24/7 until January!) Anyway. I'm here to do my obligatory recap of the beautiful Christmas holiday. Mostly in bad photos and rambles. Ready......?
First up was Christmas Eve at my grandparent's (mom's side) house. All the usual and it was wonderful to see all my family again after not seeing them for a very long time.
Plus, I finally got to meet my new (6 months now) baby cousin for the first time! Can't get enough of this sweet happy little boy!
And we ended the night with my other little cousin reading The Night Before Christmas. Lots of laughs, smiles, stories, and hugs. It was a great night! When we got home, I went right to bed with anticipation for Santa's arrival.
Christmas morning. There's nothing like it. We all slowly got up (me first), I went with my dad to get coffee, came back around 8:45am and my brother was still not awake even after he told me he would be up at 7. Haha, yea right 😉 We got him up and opened out stockings (the best!) before heading in to the next room to open PRESENTS!
My dog stocking has been with me every year. I love that thing SOOOO much and refuse to ever get a new one....ever!
I just love breathing this bag in. It's bad...I have a coffee addiction and now it's worse....coffee on demand.
My DIY gifts to my family this year were Gretchen's Cinnamon Ornaments! All they were made of was applesauce and cinnamon. I cut the recipe down a bit with just 1 ½ cups of applesauce and 1 ½ cups of cinnamon. I also must not have rolled them thin enough because these took over 4 hours to harden in the oven. That day the whole house smelled rather intensely of cinnamon! (It got to be too much actually....even for this cinnamon obsessed girl!)
And yes, Santa treated me well...a bit too well in my opinion! I got my coveted Excalibur (4 tray) Dehydrator! Now there will never have to be food waste! We can just dehydrate everything! I already made dried mint leaves! I also got studio lights (for when natural lighting is not an option), a doughnut pan (the next greatest thing), teddy bear pancake molds, a bunch of clothes, blogging books, a new waffle maker (from my grandma and they were delicious and perfect!), a coffee/spice grinder, and a bunch of other great little things. Really it was a "quality" Christmas as I called it. This girl was left very happy and loved.
My dad also got me this beautiful bracelet. He gave it to me in the morning before everyone else was up. It says, "There's Only One Beautiful You" and on the other side of the charm is has an "R". It is absolutely perfect and I love it so much!
After our traditional morning, my dad, brother, and I went to my other grandparents house for a few hours (total fail on taking any pictures there!). Just a lovely little Christmas. Quaint, relaxing, nothing overly stimulating. But I went to bed happy and loved. so I'd say it was a success! Now I bet you're all gearing up for the New Year and I'm ready for it too! 2014 was not a bad year, tons of changes and it flew by in a snap. But I'm pretty sure 2015 is going to bring even more changes (good, bad, different), I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
So tell me:
+ Of course I have to ask, what did you get for Christmas!?
+ Are you still in Christmas mode? Yes and without shame! I'm still singing along to Christmas music (Spotify), watching Christmas Movies (Hallmark), and gingerbreading it up (you'll see on Tuesday)!
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