Where did this season go?!
I can’t believe Christmas is already over! As usual, it was a great holiday, full of the two most important things- food and family. In that order. Just kidding… but seriously.
As usual, my grandparents, uncle and cousin came over to our house on Christmas Eve. Aren’t my grandparents cute?
My mom always puts out such a spread. I remember eating Bagel Bites every year as kids, but thankfully, everyone’s palates have matured a bit 🙂
We don’t do a sit down dinner- we mainly just make appetizers and set out plates, and everyone sort of grazes. I like it better that way- I can load my plate multiple times and no one is paying attention enough to judge me!
There was a lot of meat (that’s what she said) but I was so full from desserts I didn’t mind. My mom made Thai meatballs with a peanut sauce for dipping, cheese and bread, and little ham sandwiches with a mustardy sauce. My sister and I made a few for ourselves without ham. Compromises!
I think the hit of the night was dates wrapped in bacon and stuffed with goat cheese and almonds. I made sure to snag a few before the bacon was added. YUM!!!
That’s a horrible picture, but there is no way of making them look appetizing.
Dare I say we had too many desserts? I wish I had taken a picture of all of them- I was too distracted eating them 🙂 At last count, we had pumpkin pie, M&M bars, anise cookies, Russian tea cakes, chocolate peppermint cookies, a box of chocolates… and probably way more. All that sugar is clouding my memory!
As a family that firmly believes in Festivus, the feats of strength naturally occurred.
This was before anyone started drinking, too…
My grandparents spent the night so they didn’t have to drive home in the dark. Thankfully, the rain held off until the next night! After they left, we had breakfast while opening presents.
My mom made eggs and I made the pumpkin bread. Don’t let this picture fool you… I finished off the loaf of bread.
I usually get really stressed out when I’m Christmas shopping because I never think anyone is going to like what I get them. I think I did a good job this year, though!
I got my brother a Star Wars shirt, and my sister got this picture for him. Nerd alert!
I got this for my mom at Target. I’m pretty sure there is absolutely no room for it in the kitchen, and it’s no KitchenAid, but it’s handy and I think she liked it 🙂
My sister and I also got her an Olay Pro-X kit. What, you don’t get your mom anti-aging stuff for Christmas? She asked for it, I swear!
My sister got me the cutest apron, which doubled as a face shield. I don’t like having my picture taken! She also got me a fleece vest to run in, even though it’s not nearly cold enough to need one. I just really wanted it 🙂 She also got me a teapot! It’s beautiful and mustard yellow, and deserves its own blog post, which it shall receive some day.
I got my dad a shirt, a huge bottle of Guinness, and a four pack of Guinness glasses. My computer doesn’t want to upload the picture. Sorry, Pops! I got my sister an astronomy calendar (another nerd alert!), a watch, a hat and a scarf.
My parents got me wayyyy too much stuff! After we had finished opening presents, my mom called my sister and I over to the computer, saying that she had a surprise for us. All of a sudden, we heard the song ‘Hair,’ which can only mean one thing- she bought tickets to the play Hair! I pretty much started screaming and jumping up and down. Not only do I love musicals, I especially love ‘Hair.’ I saw it for the first time when I was 15 with my mom and sister on TV, and we all are obsessed with it! Such a sweet and thoughtful gift. I can’t wait to see it with them next month!
The rest of the morning was spent preparing for my aunt, cousins, and grandmother to come. More food was set out, and more eating was done!
Meet the best appetizer I’ve ever had. My mom made this from a Paula Deen recipe. It was supposed to be brie wrapped in puff pastry, but she couldn’t find Brie, so she used camembert instead. There’s a layer of buttery, brown sugary pecans on top of the cheese. I didn’t even bother with crackers. I just cut myself a huge chunk and used my fingers to eat it 🙂
One of my cousins is a vegetarian too, so my sister made a veggie pizza with a whole wheat crust, spinach, tomato sauce, cotija cheese, and black olives.
Confession- we finished it before my cousins even came 🙂 Don’t worry, she didn’t starve! We had plenty of leftover appetizers.
The rest of the night was spent playing games. My mom bought a huge pad of paper and set up an easel so we could play Pictionary. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that’s a boring game- it was quite lively! My brother borrowed Rock Band from someone, which everyone enjoyed. Singing ‘Gimme Shelter’ by the Rolling Stones seems like a good idea until your unsuspecting father starts wondering why you are screaming ‘rape’ and ‘murder’ at the top of your lungs 🙂
Just as quickly as it came, Christmas was over and all that was left was a pile of wrapping paper and a food baby. I’m not too sad about it, though- considering how quickly time is passing, it will be Christmas again before we know it!
Are you relieved the holiday season is coming to a close, or do you wish it was Christmas everyday? I love the holidays, but I am actually looking forward to coming down from this sugar high in the next few days!