As I’ve mentioned, Christmas is a time of traditions for my family. First, we have a casual early dinner – usually pizza or takeout burritos.
Also our annual pre-church Christmas Eve photo in front of the tree!
Please note my adorable new shoes!!! (bad quality uber crop pictures ahead) Also, dis-note my veiny feet.
Love love love.
Previous years’ Christmas Eve pics:
I think it’s really funny to see the difference between my sister Mackie in these 2 pics: (far left in top picture, standing next to me in the bottom picture)
So now that I’ve overwhelmed you with too many pictures….
Another tradition in our family is that we get a new pair of pajamas put on our bed every Christmas Eve. So when we come home from church, we race to our rooms and all put on our new jammies.
Please please check out my awesome onesie I got this year:
(picture taken Christmas morning). Man was I excited.
Then comes hot chocolate and putting out cookies for Santa!
And we make sure our mini stockings are set by our bed – ready for Santa to fill them with candy!
Christmas Morning: we wake up bright and early at
6 am 8:30 (gone are the days of waking before dawn), and rush to the balcony we have at the top of the stairs. From here, we can see the whole tree. We were never allowed to head downstairs until our parents woke up (usually at 7:00 they would roll out of bed). So we would hang out at the top of the stairs, eating our candy, and looking at our Santa presents, guessing which one for for whom.
View from the balcony. Not this year, though. Although we never have our stockings in the living room, they’re always in the family room. Weird.
Hanging out at the top of the stairs a few years ago:
Once we settle around the tree and separate everyone’s gifts, we go around in a circle and take turns opening each present.
Then we move into the family room for stockings!! (old picture)
Highlights from this Christmas:
1. Paige’s gift to me: My sister bought me a polar bear costume. Designed for a 6-year old.
I couldn’t stop laughing.
Great. So great.
2. Paige’s gift from Santa: You may have seen the mug my sister painted for me a while back.
A copy of a painting we saw in Paris:
A painting that my sister fell in love with, and regrets that she didn’t buy.
Well I was randomly walking downtown one day, and saw a very similar replica in the window of a store. After talking to my mom, we decided to purchase it for my sister, and have the (expensive) painting be from multiple people as a joint gift.
She was confused at first, but I think she liked it
3. Onesie photo shoot:
4. Family Time
My grandma said we were going to share this bottle of wine.
My new baby cousin (well, cousin’s kid. But still a cousin ):
5. Good food. I might’ve had chocolate cake for dinner. And dough balls, almond roca bars, and homemade caramel. And then had a racing heart as I tried to sleep at 11:00. Never felt that kind of sugar high ever.
I think this might be the most pictures ever in a post of mine. Anyone still out there?? Hello?????
Anyways, I know it’s almost a week late, but I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as well!
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