Happy New Year! Last week was a nice break but today it's back to work and back to real life - it should be a long day, ha! We spent the weekend enjoying the snow, being lazy, doing housework and such and trying to ditch our jet lag. I'm looking forward to sharing about our first trip of the new year but first I've got some catching up to do since I was too busy enjoying the holiday to post about it. Starting with Christmas Eve Eve and Christmas Eve...
Christmas Eve Eve Dinner is always one that Derek and I host - casual and fun - appetizers, Christmas Cheer and beef stroganoff with salad for the main course.
We got back from New York in the morning then got ourselves ready to host. This year we even had some friends for dinner as they were stopping by on their way home for the holiday and spending the night!
We enjoyed having the house full and after dinner spent time chatting, watching Christmas movies and getting things ready for our traditional Christmas Eve Breakfast the next day.
On Christmas Eve Derek, Stella and I did our gifts by ourselves before getting on with the day - we always like to exchange just us so this was the perfect time for this year. We showed our friends over to the new house before packing up to spend the weekend at my parent's house.
As always, I made up Christmas Eve Breakfast (no yeast cinnamon rolls and an overnight casserole) for everyone to enjoy before the rest of the day was spent relaxing, watching Christmas movies and such.
It's always good to be home...
Christmas Eve Ready (dress / shoes / scarf / similar purse / lip color)
We always go to one of our favorite restaurants for Christmas Eve dinner - Italian and a cozy family setting.
Depending on the weather we either walk or drive over to church after and we had some time to kill - the street makes for a beautiful backdrop for some Christmas photos - always photo heavy near the holidays.
Christmas Eve candlelight service...
I love that my parent's neighborhood always lights up the street this night...
Christmas pajamas, a glass of wine and movies, getting the breakfast casserole together, stuffing stockings and family time to round out the day.
Have a great week! xx