Hi friends! I hope your holidays treated you well. It’s time to gear up for New Year’s Eve and another magical year ahead. But first, I thought I’d throw it back to a recap of this year’s holiday season. Having a little one in the house truly seems to change the holiday into something completely wonderful and I don’t want to forget a second of the magic of this Christmas.
Christmas Eve, Eve
The holidays can be wild when you’re trying to juggle multiple families. So, this year, my husband’s immediate family decided to do a Christmas Eve Eve celebration. It worked out perfectly. We showed up around 4, we shared apps while the kiddos played and ran around. Next, we took turns opening gifts – everyone was overly generous. Then, my mother-in-law made an amazing cheese tortellini dish that the entire family devoured. Before I knew it, we were enjoying coffee and desserts. My favorite on the list? This incredible turtle ice cream pie that I ordered from Graeter’s earlier in the week. After dessert, we packed up our loot, loaded the car and headed home. We listened to Christmas music on the drive home and tucked our sweet wiggles into bed!
My day started when my alarm clock went off bright and early at 5:30 am. When we moved in our house earlier this year, I immediately knew I wanted to host a holiday. So, we volunteered to have my dad’s side of the family over for Christmas Eve brunch. I knew that in order to have everything ready on time, my best chances were to wake up before everyone else and get cooking. The menu was full of dishes that were perfect for Christmas – an egg and green chili casserole, a croissant casserole, super duper potatoes, homemade biscuits, bacon, sausage and fruit. My husband picked up coffee and donut holes in the morning, so we set those out for early snacking. Brunch was a hit and we spent the morning chatting and enjoying mimosas. Next up, a few rounds of Mario Kart which had our family cackling with laughter and brought me back to the Christmases of my childhood!
Later in the afternoon, we packed ourselves up and headed to my husband’s aunt and uncle’s house for his extended family Christmas. To our surprise, the snow was starting to fall! We spent the night catching up with everyone. Our sweet lady had so much fun playing with all of her cousins and climbing in and out of the toy basket, of course. Dinner was an epic ravioli with homemade marinara sauce – by far one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. I have to say these Italian family Christmases are 100% my style. We left for home and the roads were covered in snow; so we cranked up the heat and Christmas music and headed home.
We woke up early, but our little love was still asleep. We headed downstairs in our pajamas, started a fire, made coffee and chatted. Finally, she was up! We brought her downstairs and she dove into all of her gifts. On Christmas Eve night and Christmas morning we talked to her about the meaning of Christmas. She’s still so little, but it was a tradition we wanted to start. We also talked to her about how she was going to receive gifts and how part of Christmas was the spirit of giving.
She quickly got the hang of ripping off the wrapping paper. She loved everything she received but the highlight of the morning was this Little Tikes coupe car. We took turns pushing her throughout the main floor of our house as she yelled “car, car” and “beep beep”. Seeing the magic of Christmas through her eyes made it one of the best yet!
Hope your holiday season was wonderful!