Brace yourself…this is going to be mostly pictures.
On Christmas Eve morning, I had a baking fest…I made 3 walnut rolls, and 3 loaves of French Bread to bring to my in-laws, and a bundt pan of Caramel Monkey Bread (that was for Christmas breakfast).
We celebrated with Mr. FG’s side of the family that afternoon/evening. Zoe and my niece (who is 10 days younger than Zoe) both got bikes, and since they’re too hard to wrap, we had the two of them sit on the sofa and cover their eyes while we brought the bikes in.
They crack me up in that picture.
On Christmas morning, we opened presents at our house.
It always makes me so happy when my children want to give presents to each other first thing. I love that they’re getting joy out of giving.
Not that they mind receiving.
This year, I had a brilliant idea (I mean that facetiously)…I stuffed the stockings the day before Christmas Eve so that they’d be all ready to go on Christmas morning. Much easier. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that before!
Zoe laid all of her candy out in neat rows, sorted by the type of candy.
She must have some innate desire for order when it comes to presents, because at my in-laws, every time she opened a present, she trotted out to the kitchen, where she was making a neat pile of all her gifts.
Joshua got tickets to go see a Sharks hockey game with Mr. FG, and he was duly pleased.
As usual, our living room floor was kind of a disaster when we were finished.
But we ignored it, and ate our caramel monkey bread for breakfast (I modified this Taste of Home recipe to make it)
We drank mugs of hot chocolate with it. Because of course caramel monkey bread is not sugary enough!
While we ate, a gentle snow fell from the sky, providing a lovely, festive atmosphere for our breakfast.
Sonia would like you to know that she’s missing a tooth.
Lisey is missing a LOT of teeth.
She’s lost more than Joshua, in fact!
Normally we have Christmas morning at home and then we go off to visit family. This year, though, it worked out for us to get all of our visiting done earlier in the week and we got to stay home all by ourselves for the first time ever.
It was quite relaxing. I stayed in my pjs the entire day, as did Mr. FG, something we never do.
We cleaned the living room back up.
The kids played with their toys.
And Mr. FG played with his, a Kindle (Sonia rather enjoyed the snuggle opportunity. Her new pj’s say “Snuggle Bunny” on the front, and that is so appropriate. She snuggles with Mr. FG whenever possible!).
And I made dinner…cream of crab soup, honey-glazed pan rolls, mandarin orange salad, and sparkling juice from Aldi (Zoe didn’t drink any, though. She hates carbonation).
I actually put a tablecloth on our table, something I haven’t since I was pregnant with Sonia (so, 7 years ago!).
The hilarious thing is that I made the table more dressy than usual, but I wore my pjs as I ate my dinner.
After dinner, we played Scrabble.
Well, Sonia and Zoe didn’t. Candyland is more their speed.
Zoe especially loves CandyLand.
I did actually beat her once, which was amazing because I almost always lose at CandyLand.
I want to show you some of the fun thrifted and homemade presents we gave and received, but since this post is already ridiculously long and picture-filled, I’ll save that for another day this week.
I hope that your Christmas was as relaxing and happy as ours was!
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