Christmas Day 2012

Like I mentioned last week, this Christmas was one of the better Christmas’s I’ve celebrated in a while.  Tim and I celebrated Christmas Eve with his mom’s side of the family at his cousin Kelly’s house (his dad’s side celebrates earlier in the month, so we already had that under our belts), and we celebrated with my family on Christmas Day.  I was pretty worried this year about being able to see everyone, but somehow it all worked out which I was really happy about.

Last year was actually our first Christmas morning together, but this year was our first Christmas morning together in our own place.  Big difference!

We started the day by exchanging our stocking stuffers.  I seriously love filling stockings for people.  Can you guess whose pile is whose?

Christmas 2012:  Stockings

We then exchanged our gifts to each other.

Christmas 2012:  Christmas Morning

I didn’t get a picture of everything, but we somehow ended up with four gifts each for one another (unplanned).

For me:  A kindle, an immersion blender, new tips for my frosting gun, and the Peanuts holiday special DVD set (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas).

For Tim:  A new backpack, a water bottle, slippers, and two cookbooks.

Christmas 2012:  Gifts

After we exchanged our gifts, we continued the tradition we started last year of making a fun and different holiday breakfast.  Last year we made green apple cinnamon protein pancakes.  This year we made a mushroom spinach baked egg casserole with maple pepper bacon on the side.  Recipe coming soon!

Mushroom Spinach Baked Egg Casserole

We then ended up rushing a bit, but were only 20 minutes late to my parents’ house where we exchanged gifts with my immediate family (parents, brother, sister).  I got some more really fun stocking stuffers.  My mom Santa puts together a mean stocking.

Christmas Day:  Stocking Stuffers

My parents gave me some really nice things including a Keurig (woo!)…

Christmas Day:  Keurig

…a cover for my Kindle (took some collaboration with Tim), a new workout top, red pants, a new scarf, and a nice serving bowl for dip.  My sister got me some Bath & Body works things and my brother got me a set of 15 pound weights for my apartment since the weights I own (8’s and 10’s) are way too light.

After the present exchange, we helped my parents get the house ready.

Christmas Day 2012:  Festive

And do some prep work in the kitchen.

Christmas Day 2012:  Kitchen

Then my mom’s side of the family began to arrive.

Christmas Day 2012:  Family

We had dinner first, which consisted of avgolemono soup, a holiday ham (Tim cooked up the one my company gives us every year), pastitio, tiropita, salad, rice, bread, and souzakakia.  So good… and Greek!

Christmas 2012: Dinner

We opened some more presents after dinner, but by that I mean we watched my almost four-year old god-daughter tear through all of her gifts at record speed.  She’s the cutest thing, but phew, does my cousin have her hands full!

How cute is Layla?

Christmas Day:  Layla

She’s getting so big!

Christmas Day 2012:  Me & Layla

Here are some more pictures from the day!

Me and my dad:

Christmas Day 2012:  Me & Dad

Me, my dad, and brother:

Christmas Day 2012:  Dad, Tony, Me

Me, my mom, and brother:

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Me & Tim:

Christmas Day 2012:  Me & Tim

Annual 5 cousins photo:

Christmas Day 2012:  Cousins

Christmas Day 2012:  Me, Lexa, Layla

Around 5:00, Tim and I packed up our stuff and drove down to see my dad’s side of the family.  My immediate family all took Wednesday off to see my grandfather, etc. but Tim and I did not have the day off from work so we wanted to make sure we could see everyone on Christmas Day itself.  I unfortunately didn’t take any people pictures on Christmas night while we were visiting them, just of the cookies I brought down.

White Chocolate Peppermint Drop Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint Drop Cookies

We were very happy to get to visit with everyone, and had a great time catching up with everyone.

Twas a very Merry Christmas, but I can’t believe it’s all over!  The season always comes and goes so quickly, and then BOOM it’s over.  Don’t you think?

Leave a comment on this post telling me what the best part of your Christmas this year was!

 

13th Annual Home Friends Christmas Party

Yes, that’s right.  13th annual!  Like Shannon said in her recap post, who knew that one little party she had during freshman year of high school would turn into a tradition that we continue to do year after year?  I can honestly say that Shannon’s home friends Christmas party is one of my favorite days of the year.  I don’t think many people stay in touch with as many friends as I do from high school, so I consider myself lucky that at the very least, we still all get together on this day to celebrate and see each other.

Shannon's Party

Some of the traditions include:

A $20 Yankee swap
Typically the swap is full of horrible gifts, but I guess this year’s weren’t THAT bad even if I did end up with a board game that I regifted in Tim’s family’s Christmas Eve swap will never play.  This year, a few people decided to put a few theme gifts in there.  The theme being Matt.  There was a painting of Matt as a centaur, a t-shirt with a picture of Matt on it, and a Rubric cube that when finally put together will display a picture of Matt in a pink robe.  And that was three separate gifts!  Luckily, Matt got the picture of himself, but poor Shan got the Matt t-shirt!

friends christmas party 2012 matt theme

Here are some more pictures of the Yankee swap:

yankee swap

Back to the traditions.

Johnny always bringing the worst gift
Think twenty $1 cassette tapes, a 5 pack of Heineken because he drank one on the way to the party, a t-shirt that said “I’m Rick James, b*tch.”  The list goes on.

home friends christmas party johnny

Delicious food
Shannon always cooks and bakes up a storm for days before the party and she always has the best displays of food.

Home Friends Christmas Party 2012 - Shannon

A re-circulating Chia Pet
A Simpsons Chia Pet makes its way back into the grab year after year.  I seriously will be devastated the year that someone doesn’t bring it.

chia pet

A signature cocktail
Last year’s was the cranberry pomegranate Christmas punch, but this year was dedicated to Merry Margaritas.  So good, Shan I need the recipe!  Post please.  🙂

Some foodie pictures from this year:

Food Pictures Home Friends Christmas Party 2012

I brought my Pita Christmas Trees, but I didn’t snap a picture of just them.  You can kind of see them in the first picture above.  This is what they looked like when I made them last year:

Pita Christmas Trees - Finished Product

As usual, the home friends Christmas party was a great time!

Shannon's Home Friends Christmas Party 2012

Shannon's Home Friends Christmas Party 2012

Please note new outfit from The Limited:  Green pants and fun new black shirt!  Both were 50% off.

Shannon's Home Friends Christmas Party 2012

Just like Liz’s party, some people cleared out on the earlier side, but somehow I am always the last one to leave?  I have FOMO (fear of missing out) if I leave before others do.  Tim and I stayed pretty late, along with Matt and Katie, Baka and Esk, Chris, and Johnny.

Shannon's Home Friends Christmas Party 2012 Me & Tim

Thank you, Shannon, for hosting yet another fun party!  Can’t wait until the 14th annual next year!

What’s your favorite annual event?

For last year’s recap, click here!