“Christmas isn’t just a day – it’s a frame of mind.” -Kris Kringle, Miracle on 34th Street
Paul and I really enjoy celebrating Christmas with just the two of us, so the Saturday before Christmas I made a big supper and set the table with my Christmas china. We stuffed ourselves with Ina Garten’s herb roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes and garlic green beans.
After exchanging gifts and cleaning up the inevitable mounds of wrapping paper, we enjoyed a John Wayne movie in front of the Christmas tree. It was a cozy evening!
On Sunday morning we were glad to hear our pastor preach (after two weeks off due to snow and the Christmas concert). After church, we loaded up the car and headed across the beautiful snowy mountains to Tennessee!
In my family, Christmas Eve is a big day. We have specific traditions that have been carried out over the years – some have died out as our family dynamics have changed, but many remain. We ate delicious food, exchanged gifts, shared lots of hugs and even more laughs! My two year old nephews provide so much entertainment and fun!
I spent a lot of the holiday in the kitchen with my Mom and we had a great time together. My Dad is always nearby, making jokes and keeping the music playing with just the right album for the moment.
Christmas morning provided a beautiful East Tennessee sunrise. My mom hosted another great meal – a delicious breakfast – where we all gathered around the table and enjoyed the food as well as each other’s company.
The boys now outnumber the girls at our family gatherings (it used to be the 3 girls with my dad, now it’s 3 girls and 5 boys!) but Mom still keeps everyone happy with her cooking!
After hanging out all afternoon, it was time for Christmas dinner! I seriously wish I had a plate of leftovers from this meal in front of me right now. It was so good! My mom had everything decorated so beautifully – she puts a lot of effort into making things really special and I love every detail.
It went by in a blur – but there were sweet moments shared with my sister, funny stories exchanged with my brother in law, memories relived with my Dad and lots of play time spent with my nephews. Paul was able to take three days off for Christmas and I’m so glad he was able to relax a little bit!
I am so thankful for my family! We are not perfect – but we try to show each other love, kindness, grace and support as we walk through the joys and trials of life. Family is forever and I’m so thankful for mine! (the cutest faces have been covered to protect their adorable privacy)
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