It was a series of firsts this year, with the new house and our first full size, ornament laden Christmas tree. Of course, hosting Christmas Day also included new and exciting opportunities.
Knowing we’d be entertaining for a full day, I was focused on carrying on some of the special traditions that we’ve had to scale back on in the past couple of years, having been limited on space. Namely, the food traditions.
While Nick worked to clean the house from top to bottom, I spent the previous day prepping buttery pastries, creamy dips, and a scrumptious dinner complete with a spirited and saucy little number to impress and comfort.
When we awoke on Christmas day, the table was set…
Complete with a little DIY pinecone centerpiece.
And a menu of the day’s nibbles.
And our tree was looking as festive as ever with piles of beautifully wrapped gifts (SANTA!).
Fully prepared and eager with excitement, we started off Christmas Day as soon as my parents arrived with a hearty breakfast where we laughed over dippy tomato eggs, crunchy Cuban bread and funny outfits…
We tried to get Jaz a bit spruced up to…
But she wasn’t having it… at all.
(She just prefers to run around naked, scandalous little lady.)
Once we’d cleared up breakfast, we settled in for some stockings! Some of us were more overwhelmed by the holiday goodies spilling out of their stockings…
While others were simply eager to break into them…
And sample again…
Some of us opted for a more substantial sweet pick me up. (In front of our roaring fire, of course.)
Needless to say, the stockings were just chocked full of fun things and went over extremely well.
Smiles all around!
With stockings emptied down to the lint, we tackled the gifts! Some of which, were little works of art all on their own.
There were some creative and even tricky gifts…
(Can you name who the above quote is from?)
While other gifts were just downright hilarious.
There were the practical ones.
And those that resulted in the best reactions…
Even if people had to work for them a bit…
Each was a delight.
Especially those that were a complete surprise!
Of course, even the fuzzy friends got to crack into their gifts and give them a spin.
Though they mostly just enjoyed the wrappings.
Presents all unwrapped, we decided to embrace our happy moods and brave a respectable family photo.
Which of course turned into an completely goofy photo, much more our style!
Following the festive and light hearted spirit, N and I introduced my parents to Cards Against Humanity, which they ended up really have a knack for!
Finally, it was time for snacks.
A lovely recharge for everyone between hands of CAH.
The afternoon passed by watching holiday movies and listening to some of our favorite holiday records (the vinyl kind), until our bellies began rumbling again, and the Christmas roast was ready.
I’m not sure how we even managed to fit it all (though there were left overs that we sent home with my parents), but we even managed to enjoy a lovely helping of Eggnog Creme Anglaise with fruit and pound cake.
Rummy, creamy and absolutely delicious. I’m sure Santa would definitely pass up the traditional cookies for some of this!
After such a wonderfully fun day, there was really only one thing to say…
That’s a wrap!
Hope you had an amazing holiday season and got to spend quality time with your loved ones.
No matter the gifts, the wrapping or even the food though, Christmas is made the best by who you spend it with. One of the most important parts of the holidays and my personal favorite. I’m so grateful for the amazing moments and memories!