Christmas Greetings!

Greetings and Merry Christmas! I couldn’t let the day go by without popping in to say hi and spread some Christmas cheer.

As usual, I’m up before the rest of my house, sitting here drinking coffee by the light of the Christmas tree. I still have to play Santa and get the kids’ stockings ready, but they won’t be up until at least 9AM.

Yesterday was a little nuts. I overslept, which is weird for me. And I totally meant to post, but I didn’t have anything prepared, so I had to start from scratch.

When my post was almost done, two of my son’s friends (who had been sleeping over) got up and came downstairs, so I went out to the kitchen to have coffee and chat with them.

The next thing I knew, I got a call from one of my girlfriends, asking me if I was ready to get picked up for lunch. I have a small group of close friends, and we usually do lunch on Christmas Eve and exchange gifts.

Well, I had totally forgotten about it, and I was still in my pajamas! I have never gotten ready so fast. I didn’t even brush my hair, but I did put on makeup and a cute outfit in record time.

After that, I went right over to the grocery store to get what I needed for today’s meals, and then the day was shot. So, no post yesterday! Sorry about that. I was excited about that post, too — I’m rounding up my favorite outfits from the year.

It’s way too much to digest on a day you should be spending with family and friends, so I decided to hold off for a few days, even if I have to double post one day later this week.

Last night was our Christmas Eve/Caroline’s 17th birthday celebration. We went out for sushi (our tradition) and then came back home to have her presents.

She opted NOT to have a cake this year… I don’t know how we’re related. She called me yesterday when I was at the grocery store and told me not to make one, she wasn’t in the mood. Oooookay!

So we just watched Elf, and a few Christmas episodes of The Office, and called it a night.

It was just the girls and me. Paul was feeling under the weather and went up to bed right after presents, and David wasn’t in the mood to watch Elf for the 55th time, so he retired to his room with his PS4.

I’m hoping Paul feels better today. It stinks to be sick on Christmas, but this happens to him more years than not. I think he lets down his guard because he’s not working, and his immune system decides to take a break as well.

We’re looking forward to a leisurely Christmas Day here at home. It’s just the 5 of us, so we’re going to take it easy.

Caroline made homemade cinnamon rolls that we’ll pop in the oven after the kids open their stockings, and I’m going to try making this breakfast casserole.

After breakfast, we’ll take our time opening presents, and then I have some appetizers to set out while we watch the Sixers game.

I’ll grill steaks for dinner tonight, and I’m trying another new recipe — Ina Garten’s spinach gratin. I also have mashed potatoes and an arugula salad, and Caroline made dinner rolls. So yeah, we will probably need to be rolled upstairs to bed after that!

I also wanted to share our family Christmas card with you. We used this picture from my nephew’s wedding, and I think they turned out pretty good. It’s not a perfectly posed professional shot, but I like how it captures us.

In all the hustle and bustle, I’m trying to take some quiet moments to soak in the season and focus on why we celebrate Christmas.

While it’s fun to open gifts and enjoy our families and good food and the comforts of home, my hope is in none of these things.

In the words of Mary, the mother of Jesus: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! 

Wishing you and yours a joyous and blessed Christmas Day!