How’s everyone’s holiday week/weekend going? I’ve been spending time with family and friends and I’m loving every minute of it. I’ve got a ton of photos I want to share, so I’ll try to keep the narrating to a minimum, but here’s what I’ve been up to!
Christmas Eve Eve
One of my favorite traditions is every year on Dec. 23rd. I have a long-standing date with my oldest girlfriends to share wine, food, and stories from the past year.
I don’t really remember when we started doing it, but ever since it’s pretty much known that we’ll get together on the same day each year, even if we don’t talk to each other until the day before.
The whole evening reminded me of when we were 16 years old, all piled onto one bed and talking all night at a sleepover. I love knowing that I have this tradition to share every year!
We spent Christmas Eve in Richmond with my family. Early in the day, my parents treated us to lunch and a movie at Cinebistro. They’d been talking about it forever, but this was the first time we went and it was definitely an experience! First of all, the place is adults only, full service restaurant food in each theater, and this is what the lobby looks like:
It was pretty amazing! We had a great lunch while watching the Hobbit before heading back to my parent’s house.
Once there, my sister came home with Annabelle and we had dinner and presents.
Another one of my favorite traditions is the Jack Horner Pie. Don’t ask me why it’s called that cause I couldn’t tell you, but basically my mom gets a small gift for everyone, attaches them to long strings, and puts them in this big bowl covered in tissue paper. We all get around together and find our names and pull them out at the same time, usually getting all tangled up with each other.
My parents also got me a Kindle Fire, which was an awesome surprise!
It was great to spend a relaxing evening when my parents, sister, and niece. My dad’s only home from Baton Rouge for 10 days, so I’m hoping to see him some more before he heads back!
We started Christmas morning at home by sipping coffee, eating some eggs and bacon, and giving the fur babies their presents. They loved them, and yes, I wrapped them and pretended they were from “Santa.”
We spent the rest of Christmas day with Riley’s family. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and Riley’s dad lives on a reservoir, so we headed down to the water before lunch to enjoy the beautiful views and take in the sunshine.
Soon after, Riley’s sister and husband and their 5 kids showed up and it was time for presents! Riley is the designated passer-outer of the gifts and they got a TON of stuff.
Then it was time to stuff our faces!
I was definitely feeling all that food when we got home, so while Riley took a nap I took Bella for a 45 minute walk to enjoy the day and get some exercise in.
The rest of the evening we relaxed at home, celebrating Riley’s 35th birthday. Riley’s birthday is on Christmas, so sadly he usually gets the short end of the stick when it comes to celebrating. I’m hoping we can go out this weekend for a proper celebration!
Phew, that was a lot. If you’re still with me, I hope you had a fabulous Christmas as well! My plans for the day include taking down all the Christmas stuff. I know most people wait until after New Year’s, but I’m ready to clean it all up and have a clean house again. I’ll see you guys on Monday!
What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
Did you get any good presents for Christmas?
How early do you take down holiday decorations?