Sunday, December 29, 2019

Christmas 2019

Christmas seemed to come so quickly this year.  I didn't ever feel fully ready for it, whatever ready means.  On Christmas Eve we got together with my family at my sister and Riley's home.

We enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings.


After dinner, we made our way back to the living room where the kids opened some gifts, and we visited over dessert.

Once home again, we watched The Grinch, ate some baking, and then nuzzled into bed.

Christmas morning always starts out the same way.  We put on a pot of festive coffee and get the Christmas music and TV fire going.

It's usually still a little dark outside when we move to the couch, and start opening our stockings.

After stockings, I got some Pilsbury cinnamon rolls into the oven.  I usually make homemade cinnamon buns for Christmas morning, but we were heading out of town on Boxing Day, and I didn't want a bunch of food around the house that wasn't going to get eaten.  Last weekend we tried some Pilsbury cinnamon rolls that were terrible, but these ones were the Cinnabon ones, and they were much better (although still nowhere near as good as homemade).

After handing out gifts and taking turns opening, it was time for breakfast.

In the afternoon we went over to Christopher's parents' house. They had a huge spread of snacks downstairs, and so many more upstairs.  They cooked a turkey and had buns, croissants, etc. to make sandwiches.  There were also dips, shrimp, sushi, and so much more.

Our nieces entertained the whole family with their Bluetooth microphones.  It was fun watching a four and five-year-old requesting Red Hot Chili Peppers songs to sing along with, lol!  They are definitely related to Christopher!  We had a really nice time with family and probably would have stayed much later if we wouldn't have been getting up early the next morning to hit the highway.

On Boxing Day we drove to Saskatoon for more family time.  We visited with my mom, and that evening went to my Auntie Cathy, and Uncle Darrel's house for a really nice visit, and some hot turkey sandwiches.  It was so nice seeing them, and their beautiful home, which brought back some memories from Christmases as a child.  On the 27th we spent the day with my mom and then drove back home that evening.

This weekend we have nothing at all to do, and we are enjoying just being still.  Yesterday Christopher made avocado toast with sprouts and fried mushrooms for breakfast.

Miso soup and oranges on the side!

After breakfast, we spent the rest of the day in our comfy clothes on the couch, while nibbling on snacks here and there.

We went to bed early and caught up on the sleep we had been lacking over the past few days.  This morning we had the same breakfast as yesterday, but this time topped with a poached egg.

It was so good!  I always forget how good alfalfa sprouts are with eggs.  I've been avoiding eggs a bit lately, but I ate every bite of this breakfast.

Today we might straighten up a bit, and put away the mess from Christmas ... or we might just read, write, and watch more TV (we started a bunch of new shows yesterday, watching the first episode of each to see what hooked us), and I'll worry about the mess when Christopher is at work this week.

Have you cleaned up from Christmas yet?  
How long do you leave decorations up? (I usually take everything down by New Year's Eve, as I like to start the new year with a clean space.) 

1 comment:

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Sounds like you had a busy but wonderful Christmas. It's nice that you were able to fit in some quiet time together as a couple in the midst of all the travel and celebrations!

We had a really nice Christmas. The high was definitely the Christmas Eve celebration at Phil's cousin's house. Paul got so much attention and so many presents. Sometimes he doesn't like lots of attention but he was eating it up that night - especially some attention from Phil's cousin's daughter who are quite pretty. Christmas Day was quieter but still nice. I made homemade cinnamon rolls. They were really good but not as good as the ones at the GF bakery I frequent so I don't think I will make them again and will instead cough up $4 for their expertly made ones. GF baking is so challening. The dough for the rolls was not at all pliable/stretchy so it was tough to get them rolls up, but they still tasted good. We had a yummy dinner of ham, gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, corn casserole and chocolate pie for dessert.

I took our decorations down on the 26th which is the earliest I've ever taken them down! I was just ready to have our house back to normal. I love Christmas but all the excess kind of gets to me. Paul got so many presents and there was so much wrapping paper to throw away, etc. Phil is going to ask his mom to consider getting us restaurant gift cards next year instead of gifts as we just don't need anything from her and would prefer a consumable gift. Hopefully she is open to that!