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Three Christmases

December 26, 2010

Long time, no see! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas — or, if you don’t celebrate Christmas, a fabulous Saturday. Did Santa bring everything on your list?

You know it’s going to be a good Christmas when you walk downstairs and the first thing Mom does is hand you a plate of cookies. Oh yes, there were a lot of cookies yesterday. Not that I’m complaining but this girl is definitely ready for a little sugar detox.

The rule in my family is that everyone has to be awake before we can open presents, which is difficult when your sister considers noon ‘waking up early.’ Finally Kate pulled herself out of bed at the crack of 10:30 am.

She’ll kill me for putting that on the blog. πŸ˜‰

We started with stockings. Isn’t it pretty? My grandmother made all of her grandchildren Christmas stockings when we were babies and each one is completely unique.

Santa was very generous this year and obviously knew of my unending love for all things kitchen-related. When I was little, new toys and games made me excited Christmas morning. You’re getting old when a grater, cutting board and whisk evoke the same feeling.

After opening stockings, we sat down to breakfast. I was starving and so happy to see a delicious spread of asparagus and peppers strata (we have it every year), cranberry sauce and fresh-out-of-the-oven pumpkin bread.

Plus a cheery glass of Prosecco with a splash of cranberry juice and a couple real berries for color.

I was starved at the beginning and stuffed by the end. Funny how that happens… πŸ˜‰

We finished opening presents after brunch — check out the cute pottery my mom brought back from Bennington Potters in Vermont.

More dishes…!

We finished opening gifts — too much, as always — and Kate and I changed before heading to Christmas #2 at my dad’s house. After opening a few presents there — our big gift is a weekend in Tampa next month — the entire clan (plus puppy Lexi) descended upon Alexandria, Va., for Christmas #3 with the extended family.

Three dogs + cranky cat + loud family = chaos. It was fun! πŸ˜€

After a long day of eating and opening gifts, I was exhausted and ready for bed. It seems to take so long for Christmas to come around every year and then the day itself flies by. Christmas really needs to be extended into an entire weekend, I think. πŸ™‚

It’s nice to get back to real life, though: no more cookies at every meal, a little more moving and a little less sitting. It feels a little like I’m heading into winter break right now, though. I’m off work tomorrow, Thursday and Friday so there are just two workdays for me this week. Right now, we’re on snow watch as the DC area freaks out over a potential 3 inches. Boston must be laughing… πŸ˜€

How was your Christmas?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 26, 2010 10:53 am

    Merry Christmas Erin! We actually got about an inch of snow here in Atlanta which was a BIG deal. First White Christmas since the 1940’s or something. I’m sure the entire rest of the country is laughing, but it was pretty at least and I’m sure it will melt today.

  2. December 26, 2010 12:22 pm

    I’m currently sitting at Dulles, trying to get home from New Orleans. No snow yet, but all flights to Philly were canceled yesterday, so we’re hoping to get routed through Allentown. Sounds like the mid-atlantic is expecting a doozy – you might get this whole week off!

  3. December 26, 2010 12:33 pm

    They’re calling for 12+ here in Philadelphia – just some light snow so far, though. Hope it starts falling for you soon, too.

    Glad you had a wonderful holiday with your family. That first picture of the tree is beautiful!!

  4. December 26, 2010 3:46 pm

    Awww – such lovely pics, girl!
    I can see you’ve had an amazing Christmas πŸ™‚
    Hope you’re having a great December 26th, too!
    xoxo

  5. December 26, 2010 11:23 pm

    Haha, Boston is laughing… We’re getting 10 inches! πŸ™‚ Not complaining though… unless we lose power.

    Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. I love your food traditions — so yummy and comforting.

  6. December 30, 2010 11:56 pm

    10:30?! I would have been so impatient! πŸ™‚

    We do three Christmases too. My immediate family in the am, my dad’s at noon and my mom’s at dinner. Now I am in KC with my husband’s. FUN!

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