Oh Christmas. Such a sweet and special day. Last year we traveled ON Christmas so this year just felt extra special to be in one spot and just e-n-j-o-y what the day had to offer. I used to force my brother to wait for me to walk down and "see what Santa brought" (no way am I giving up my childhood) but this year I abolished the rule and I must say, it was quite enjoyable. I ran down to wish my mom, Derek and Stella a Merry Christmas (the others were still upstairs) and since I'm in charge of all the kids gifts to our parents I had plenty of time to set them up under the tree. We got the deck door and some windows open as well as the fan and that really helped to cool things down despite the crazy weather. New this year was making some "Kris Kringle Punch" which I got together just as everyone was coming downstairs.
I've got way too many photos from Christmas but it is my favorite time of the year to have the camera out and just keep snapping...
Once we were all downstairs, Steve ran back up and reappeared in this elf onsie complete with a hat and jingly botoies - it was too much! I couldn't stop laughing and he said he did it to surprise me, ha!
Nash always gets his stocking/bag of toys first to keep him occupied and this year since Stella was there we did them both at the same time and they both were more interested in each other's items than their own. First up is always stockings (and the huge overflow bags - the stockings are everyone's favorite parts) - kids go first then the parents. The first gifts opened are always the gifts from Davey and I to each other… and now Derek too followed by all of Santa's gifts. Instead of just ripping through, we try to take our time and just overlap a little bit so everyone can see what everyone else gets. (In the past this wasn't always true but now…) I love seeing what everyone gets and I especially love seeing the gifts that us kids pick out for my parents being opened up. The whole morning is such a special time to me.
Stella took to using mom's stocking as a head rest while she plaid with all the new stuff
Steve used to be a trainer at Penn State and mom found a little lego PSU trainer golf cart - it was the best stocking stuffer!
These boxing gloves (and a pair for me) were gifted to Derek and I and of course he couldn't wait to use them.
It was also our little Stella's first Christmas and we had the best time giving her gifts and watching her take it all in. It got to be a little overwhelming for our little lady (who hid under the couch) but we quite enjoyed watching her enjoy herself with her toys all weekend long.
We got Nash a game that you hide the treats in one year and each Christmas it gets played with non stop
Nash took a liking to the cosmo and the "chewy vuitton" and "sniffany and co." toys I think I enjoyed more than the pups
Stella loves liking the outside of a wine glass - she always goes right to it. She was also nice enough to team up with mom to "gift" me a jacket to walk her in.
As I've said before, the weather this year was just crazy. I went out on the deck to jokingly ask if we could get our Christmas morning photo out there and when I saw the table/chairs were dry, I asked to move the dining room tablescape outside and have our Christmas brunch outdoors - for probably the only time in our entire lifetime. Unsure at first, everyone ended up agreeing and we did Christmas brunch outside in our pajamas and bare feet - never again will that happen in PA (well, most likely) and it's now such a sweet, fun memory. (it was especially sweet because the sun went down and the rain reappeared just a couple hours after we finished outside).
The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing and napping - such an enjoyable Christmas day.
We got ourselves ready and headed over to my aunt's house to spend Christmas evening. She had quite the spread, we had plenty of Christmas Cheer to drink and we all just enjoyed being together.
When we got home we had intentions of watching some new movies that we'd gotten earlier but I'm pretty sure everyone was falling asleep within minutes. It was a very blessed and special day - already looking forward to next year.