Am I the only one with a Christmas hangover? Somehow, I don’t think that I am. I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas, full of love, laughter, sweet moments… and not too much drama (let’s face it, families are the best at drama).
This Christmas was one of new traditions and changes. I spent Christmas for the first time ever away from “home” – and at our home with B, our first Christmas in five years that we’ve spent together!
The weather has been a bit amazing too – mid to high 50’s in the midwest, is NOT common especially for this time of the year. Being able to take Moz on a walk on Christmas Eve in yoga pants and a sweatshirt was amazing. In fact we’d joked about a month previous that it’d be cool to do the exact thing.
Our Christmas Eve was nice and busy – we did a lot of prep around the house, I did a lot of baking and Christmas dinner prep, and of course a few last minute gifts with B. We went to church and then came home snapped a few pictures and made some pizza’s and flipped the TV between It’s a Wonderful Life and Elf! We also toasted with Manhattan’s in honor of my Grandma’s birthday and to new traditions.
Christmas morning we woke up and opened our stockings and presents – we had a great Christmas and both spoiled each other. We relaxed a bit and then got ready and headed to B’s grandma Dee’s house for breakfast. We then headed over to his parent’s for presents and a movie for most of the afternoon! We finally headed back up to our place just in time to prep and cook dinner while my parents made it into town! My aunts came over too – and we had a nice dinner around the table talking and enjoying each-others company. More presents ensured after dinner from my parents! It was then almost time to call it a night.
The mayhem continued on Saturday – after relaxing a bit in the morning we headed down the road to my aunts house for Hampel Christmas. Snacking and drinking, playing a new pickle game, laughing, dancing and catching up was the next few hours until dinner. Pork, sauerkraut, gravy and dumplings are the main dinner items – presents and white elephant followed after dinner and then the games commenced. We always play Pass the Trash and this year played a few fun games of LRC.
Finally, Sunday was B’s birthday – so we headed to church with our parents and then out to brunch right after. It wasn’t until almost 3 o’clock we finally had the house back to ourselves and were able to crash for a nice nap!
It was four days of non-stop family, drinking, eating, and a lot of fun. I’ve enjoyed taking some down time today to continue to relax and recover and get the house back in order.