It never really "felt" like Christmas to me this year, so I can't believe it has already come and gone for another year. I guess it just never felt like the holidays because there has been so much going on! We still had a wonderful Christmas though, don't get me wrong!
Our Christmas celebration began a little early this year due to the fact that my Dad had to work Christmas day (as well as the week around it). Since my brother & Nicole were already going to be here for my graduation weekend, we decided that that was the winning "Christmas" weekend!
That Saturday night after my graduation was our "Christmas Eve"...we had a yummy dinner and just relaxed and played games!
Rob and I spent the night at my parents' house, and we got up early Sunday for presents and breakfast!
Mom may have gone a little overboard on the stocking stuffers because they turned out to be a bag full of goodies! I'm not complaining though ;)
This picture makes me laugh. Mom always gets us Christmas jammies, but Rob's turned out to be a little bit snug!
I must have been a good girl this year because I got a lot of fabulous stuff! My first pair of Tom's was one of my faves! I've been wearing them just about every day since I got them. I think I might have to get another pair...these?
Of course, we all are so thankful for material things, but being together was the best part of our early Christmas weekend!
On the true Eve of Christmas, we celebrated with Rob's mom. I don't have any pictures to prove it, but we had a fun time with her and Rob's brother, Will!
Christmas day was definitely different from any of my past Christmases. This was the first time in my 23 years that I have not seen or been with my family on Christmas. It was a little sad, but I got over it once we went to Rob's grandparents' house that morning.
We enjoyed a leisurely and relaxing morning with the Galusha's!
And I gathered quite the loot there too...not pictured is a beautiful cowhide rug that I will show you when I post more house pictures!
Rob & Will with their (our!) precious Nanny...Popo must have been playing with his presents!
On Christmas Eve, we started this puzzle, and it turned out to be our entertainment for most of Christmas morning/afternoon. It was incredibly frustrating, but we finally managed to get it done!
The finished product...I think we decided we put around 30 man-hours into it. Ridiculous. I think we've all had our puzzle-fill for awhile!
I'm thankful that I got to spend Christmas day with my "other" family! It was nice to be able to relax in one place all day rather than rushing around town trying to see everyone. My mom did make it back in time to have dinner with us though, so I was glad for that!
I'm also grateful that I know that Santa is not the reason for the season...
"But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all people: Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger..."