We had a great Christmas with lots of celebrations. Some of it felt a little strange because Tyler was working for most of Christmas Eve and Christmas….and just not having him around was strange. But it was still good.
We started with Christmas Eve service at church. They had these great photo ops set up in the foyer for families- so nice!
The service was nice. It’s a great way to set your mind on the REAL reason for Christmas. We sing hymns, we hear about the birth of Jesus, it’s wonderful.
After the service, my parents and Gram came back to my house for dinner. It was also the last day of Hanukkah, so we decided to have some Jewish food for dinner. I made brisket (which was SO good).
And we also picked up matzo ball soup- which made Gram very happy.
And I even fried up some potato pancakes. Yum.
My parents left pretty early. Dad just doesn’t like to stay out very late once it gets dark (Alzheimer’s often causes problems for people once the sun goes down).
So I took a bath and snuggled with the pups and went to bed pretty early.
On Christmas morning, we had our families over for breakfast and gifts. I bought matching jammies for us ladies. 🙂
I made biscuits and gravy- which was WAY easier than I thought it should have been! ha! I also made some yummy cinnamon toast and hot chocolate. Mom also brought hashbrown casserole. Hello carbs!
All that food fueled the gift opening.
I gave Gram her quilt. She was pretty excited.
I worked Friday, where we had ugly sweater day. It pays to work with creative people. Corporate asked that you take a group pic in your ugly sweaters…and this was our result. ha!
Friday night, we had Christmas with Tyler’s dad. I cooked some venison steaks and we opened gifts.
Then Tyler and I had our little gift exchange once everyone left. He DID SO GOOD. He’s known for left-field strange gifts…but he did really well this year- giving me the things I asked for (a heated blanket and skillets) and also some fun kitchen gadgets- he knows I LOVE kitchen gadgets!
Saturday, we did Christmas with Tyler’s family- lots of food and laughter there. Love being a part of his family!
And then Sunday came Christmas #4 with my family in Hot Springs. We cram into my uncle’s mobile home and eat and open gifts. And even though we are stacked on top of each other in there….we have a great time together.
And this was the best we could manage with my camera remote. 🙂
So there ya have it. Christmas. LOTS of food, generous gifts, laughter, and fun. I wish Tyler had been around for more of it, but I’m glad he had a good end of the week at work (answered prayer!). I’m so thankful for the gift of Jesus and the reason we celebrate!