We began our Christmas celebrations the weekend before Christmas.
First up, we traveled (the three miles) to my parents' house on Saturday for my dad's family Christmas. I didn't get any pictures! I couldn't believe it. But it was a fun night full of lots of stories and laughs. My mom made chicken fingers and chili and everyone brought snacks and desserts. It was too much! But so good.
Sunday, we continued our tradition of having a traditional Christmas dinner with our closest friends. Our best friends - A, N, and K - came over and of course my favorite guy Nicholas. I made dressing, green bean casserole, ham. A brought sweet potato casserole and corn souffle. K brought mac & cheese and cranberry sauce. It was a feast!
|We bought Nicholas a nerf dart gun. He loved it.|
|I think I have this same picture from our previous Christmases together. What will I do when he's too big for Hubs' lap?|
|Nicholas LOVES K.|
|(l-r) Uncle B, Mom, Granny, Aunt R, and Uncle D|
|Grands and Grands-in-law|
(l-r) Hubs, Me, My brother, Granny, cousin K, cousin-in-law C (with baby on board), and cousin C.
|A pretty intense game of Yahtzee|
|My dad made a batch of my Granny's famous punch. Lime Sherbert, Vanilla ice Cream, Ginger Ale. YUM! A Christmas-Eve Tradition from my mom's childhood.|
|Hubs makes fun of me and calls me "Monica" from Friends because I tend to be very competitive. I come by it honest!|
|Granny's famous homemade fruitcake|
|My mom is the sweet queen! She made fudge, peanut butter bites, cowboy cookies (my favorite), and pecan bars.|
|The whole gang!|
Back row (l-r) - Hubs, Me, My Dad, C, little C, My brother, K, Uncle B, and Uncle D
Front row (l-r) - Aunt R, Granny, Aunt E, and Mom
Christmas Eve was a bit of a hectic day. My mother-in-law was sick so our tradition lunch with my father-in-law's sister was changed so we relaxed for most of the day. That evening, Hubs and I arrived at my parents' house for our traditional Christmas Eve dinner. We had mexican! Taco Salad and dip. Delicious. Then we played a game of Yahtzee and had more punch!
|I'm not kidding. Intense.|
|Dad's first time playing. And he came in second...to Hubs (who had never played before either).|