(Warning: This post contains LOTS of pictures!)
Christmas was so much fun this year. I love the anticipation of Christmas--the build up of excitement, and trying to enjoy as many Christmas-related activities as possible. This Christmas season was much different though because of the weather. This has been the warmest Christmas season ever--as in 75 on Christmas day. Of course, I can't forget the floods on Christmas day, too. I wish I would have thought to have taken pictures of all of the flooding because this is something I'll want to look back on someday.
Dustin went into work on Christmas Eve for a couple of hours, so I soaked up as much time in front of the Christmas tree as I could.....while watching the Today Show :)
I did a little baking--Peppermint and Chocolate Bars.
Dustin and I started a tradition our second Christmas together (we had only been dating a month our first Christmas) where we exchange a small gift on Christmas Eve. It has to be under $20. He's holding our gifts now. I get so excited about our Christmas Eve gift!
You can't see very well but we got each other CDs! haha I got him the newest Eric Church CD and he got me a Led Zeppelin CD--our tastes in music are very different!
I went and got my nails done Christmas Eve and came home to this. He was tired and needed to rest up for the festivities that night!
We always have a candlelight service at church on Christmas Eve.
Dustin had to work regular hours on Christmas Day (5:30AM-5:30PM), so we had Christmas EARLY that morning! His alarm went off at 3:00AM to shower and we started opening gifts around 3:15 since he leaves at 4:15 for work.
Yay for new camo! Matching pants not pictured.
The rainboots were a perfect present since it literally flooded that day. Unfortunately it was too warm to wear my new North Face.
For my entire life, we've had Christmas Day breakfast with my Gran and Popo at their house, their three kids (my dad being one of them), and their kids. Now that my Gran has passed away, the setting has changed and new people have been added, but the tradition is still the same! We always play Dirty Santa, and feelings get hurt when people take gifts you want (like Page taking the gift card I so badly wanted last year)--no mercy here!
My mom and stepdad came to get me after lunch because we had Christmas dinner at their house and I couldn't drive my car with all of the flooding.
Ready to eat!
My sister got Dustin cake icing (white--so important!) for his low blood sugar since she has experienced that now.
Mom got a new tripod for her camera so we played around with self-timer.
Rachel fell off the stool here!
The day after Christmas consisted of me reading the new cookbooks Rachel got me!
And taking down all of the Christmas decorations. Curtains have been ordered and I'm on a hunt to find decor to decorate the mantle with now that fall and Christmas are over.
I did some baking to blog about later.
And wore my new North Face from my dad to go see Sisters--we laughed a lot during that movie! (I took this to send to my dad!)
I love Christmas because it means I get to spend so much quality time with family and I can't wait to do it again next year!
Linking up with Biana today!