Christmas 2013

Hi everyone!!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are enjoying a well deserved break!! I had a lovely Christmas! It was really nice to spend some time at home with my family. We celebrated nonstop with parties from Saturday through Wednesday night!

As soon as I finished my exams I headed home to help my mom get ready for Christmas. Baking was the first item on our to-do list!

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Since I was little, my mom and I have baked cookies every Christmas. We have switched up some of the recipes, but one thing never changes — Cheese Biscuits!! They are my absolute favorite!!

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This year we also made two types of fudge, chocolate chip, peanut butter blossoms, and snowflakes!

On Saturday, my mom, dad, and I headed to my Uncle Mike and Aunt Gerry’s house to celebrate. We had a wonderful time talking, eating, and laughing!

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My mom and I spent Sunday wrapping presents for the week ahead. Here they are all ready under the tree!

On Monday, we had my mom’s family over for our big Christmas dinner!

20131227-082210.jpgWe set out vegetables, a cheese board, and crackers.

20131227-082245.jpgWe had a menu full of delicious (and rich!) food including: my mom and dad’s famous ham; and my cousin Wendy’s oyster pie, macaroni and cheese, and crescent rolls.

20131227-082336.jpgSpeaking of the famous ham, here is my dad, brother, mom, and Aunt Jackie caught in the act of picking at the delicious ham and its amazing crust!

20131227-082327.jpgWe also had green bean casserole, pineapple, and succotash, and broccoli salad; my Aunt Jackie’s sweet potatoes and pretzel salad; and my cousin Carrie’s cucumber salad and potato salad! Don’t worry, all of our “salads” contained plenty of mayo and/or sugar!

20131227-082350.jpgMy mom and I were proud of the spread!

20131227-082158.jpgThe table was set beautifully for the occasion!

20131227-082411.jpgEveryone loaded up their plates and headed over to the table for a fun and delicious dinner. I had a plate with a “taste” of everything! It was all WONDERFUL and I was absolutely stuffed!

1496095_10201407265085813_512596371_oAfter  dinner we headed over to the tree to exchange gifts. Here is a picture of my family courtesy of my Aunt Jackie!

We had a lovely evening celebrating with my mom’s family! It is always one of my favorite nights of the year!

On Christmas Eve, we had another party to attend! My mom, Megan (my sister-in-law), and I headed to the nail salon first thing for manicures and pedicures! It felt wonderful after long day of cooking!

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After we were gorgeous, we picked up my brother and went to Mrs. Patti’s house for lunch. My mom, Mrs. Patti, and Mrs. Lori have all been friends since their children were little and all of the children went to the same daycare growing up! I was little behind everyone else in daycare, but we always had fun get togethers and shopping dates! Heather (in the front) was also our trusty babysitter from time to time!

Here is our whole group starting from the left in the back: Jen (Mrs. Patti’s daughter), Colleen (Mrs. Lori’s daughter who is expecting a baby in April!!), Megan, Trey, and I. Then in the middle we have Mrs. Lori, Mrs. Patti, and my mom. And last, but certainly not least, Heather, Mrs. Patti’s oldest daughter in the front! Quite a group!!

We had ham, pineapple, rolls, and a really delicious collard green casserole! I went back for seconds on the collard greens!

After our lunch we spent some time with my mommom.

For Christmas Eve dinner, we were supposed to have leftovers, but my mom made two delicious dips that we filled up on instead! We had crab dip and buffalo chicken dip along with some fresh nuts and fruit that my Uncle Tim brought over! We did manage to finish off the leftover oyster pie though!! We watched Christmas Vacation and Home Alone before we headed to bed.

On Christmas morning we unwrapped presents from Santa and then made our traditional Christmas breakfast.

20131227-082403.jpgFirst things first – a Christmas mimosa!!

20131227-082421.jpgWe had sausage gravy, which is my brother’s favorite!

20131227-082433.jpgWe also had country ham and biscuits, which is my favorite!!

20131227-082442.jpgMy mom had her table set for the occasion again!

20131227-082457.jpgHere is my plate with sausage gravy, a ham biscuit, and some fruit! I always love this breakfast!

After breakfast, we exchanged gifts with each other and before long we were headed to our final Christmas party!

1468708_697756917859_997528920_nWe headed over to the Beam’s house for Christmas dinner! Lauren and I have been best friends since high school, so it is always fun to spend Christmas night with her family! We had another delicious dinner consisting of beef tenderloin, salad, green bean casserole, broccoli casserole, and mashed potatoes. We also enjoyed cups of the Beam’s famous slushies – the best!

I definitely had a wonderful Christmas and I feel blessed to have such wonderful friends and family to celebrate the holidays with! I hope you all had a great Christmas as well and that you have a Happy New Year!

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