My FAVORITE holiday always comes and goes wayy too stinkin’ fast! I’m dragging it out as long as I can though, I ‘m making my poor hubby bear Christmas tunes until we get back from our trip to Colorado that we leave for TOMORROW and I’m SO excited. I’ll post on that later though.
Christmas with my family is something I cherish. Over the years the family dynamic has changed a bit, relationships have weakened and we’ve gone from having extravagantly huge family gatherings to celebrating just us five when we are celebrating with my side of the family (mom, dad, brother, myself and Sam). It’s been tough watching a family fall apart, but that’s what happens when people refuse to forgive and continue to look for reasons to be justified in their anger and hatred instead of being genuinely sorry. This is other post worthy, it’s sad, but it hasn’t ruined our Christmas spirit!
Christmas with my folks will always be nothing short of amazing. I usually help my mom decorate the house right after Thanksgiving, the house is trimmed top to bottom with Christmas decorations and it’s beautiful!
Christmas Eve we all go to church together. My family is Catholic and I was raised Catholic, but my hubby was raised Baptist, so him and I met in the middle and started going to a non-denominational church. Since we celebrated Christmas with my family this year we went to the Catholic church that I grew up going to and it was beautiful.Very traditional and very reverent which is what I miss most about it.
After church we always open a pair of Christmas pajamas and then wear them over to the Osborne’s house (family friends) for queso, tamales and booze after which this year I was immediately ready to pass out.
Christmas morning I was the first one up (as always) but at least this year it was at 7am instead of 3am, haha. As far as I’m concerned Santa exists and I was still getting up super early with the feeling of Christmas wonder until a year ago! I mean I still feel the joy and wonder and excitement of Christmas because it’s something I will forever hold onto but all I have to say is growing up sucks! Haha…so anyway I made coffee and breakfast and woke everyone up! My family is always pretty big on presents, we know that’s not what Christmas is about but we love giving gifts, for one because we enjoy it and for two it’s easier for us to give each other lots of gifts than it is to say I love you out loud, but that’s just the kind of family we are. We know we are all deeply loved. And since I was able to do a little more buying this year I was really excited to watch people open their gifts (my momma in particular).
My mom likes to have everyone open their gifts one at a time so that it lasts longer, and instead of putting the santa gift out like she did when we were little, she’s been saving the best for last the past few years. I am super pumped because I have been wanting to dabble in photography for some time and my parents got me a sweet Nikon DSLR! I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures and now I can try to get even more artsy with them, although I know nothing about photography so I’m thinking it will be a while before I get the hang of it, one of my friends said he learned everything he knows on Pinterest and he’s REALLY good, so I’m hoping I can learn a few things on there!
Sam got a smoker from my parents for Christmas and he’s already made some awesome chicken and ribs. It was like I got double the presents this year because most of Sam’s gifts were beneficial to me as well haha, one of the many perks of being married! 😉
After presents my mom made an extravagant Christmas lunch/dinner as she always does and then we all slipped happily into food comas…The End.