Happy Monday! We just send my family off this morning and the house already feels a bit too quiet. Before I get through all the pictures we took in their short two days in Findlay, I have just a few snapshots of our first Christmas together just the two of us (family showed up the day after Christmas). It was fun to be in our first home and while it was simple, we kept with lots of our favorite traditions.
Each year my mom cooks an ethnic feast for Christmas Eve dinner (we have a more traditional Christmas dinner with extended family the following day). In the past it’s been Ethiopian food, traditional food for a night in Bethlehem, or Thai, and this year they had lots of Indian food (with a side of Chinese egg rolls). Despite my grand plans at making our own Indian feast too, I opted for whipping out our wedding china and ordering Chinese takeout. Delicious food + no prep + very little cleanup = win.
^a snapshot of the table before I picked up the food – we really do need to use our wedding china more often (the last time we used it was for our first anniversary dinner two years ago)
^Our first date four Christmases ago was decorating a graham cracker house and we try and do it every year as our first real holiday tradition. This year we were a bit late but we spent a good hour or two Christmas Eve working on our masterpiece 🙂
^this log cabin with a snow covered thatched roof is set somewhere in the mountains of New England 😉
^I realized this is all I have of the finished product — but you can see the cobblestone path and the little deer by the wood pile 🙂
^With no parents telling us we needed to wait till Christmas to open our presents, we opted for a Christmas eve gift exchange. Really, I was just too excited to give Ben his gifts to wait. We kept it pretty small this year.. between traveling, buying a house, and having a baby there wasn’t a huge budget..but there were also so many blessings and not a need for lots of things.
^Christmas morning in front of our tree
^”santa” did leave some new Christmas jammies in our stockings for us though (he also miraculously showed up on Christmas eve during dinner so we could wear them that night ;).
^ps. my mom made these stockings for our first Christmas together and I just love them
^still waiting on this Christmas present…any day baby, any day.
^when your husband succeeds in getting you something you totally forgot you really wanted 🙂
^one of my favorite gifts for Ben is this personalized tie bar from Jessica N Designs (I also got my mom’s gift from here – check out the adorable spoons)
- driving around to see all the old victorian houses on main street decorated for Christmas (while listening to T Swift instead of Christmas music 😉
- our Christmas Eve program including a dramatic reading/ reenactment of Christ’s birth found in Luke 2 (Ben managed to be Joseph, the donkey, and the Shepherds 🙂
- only getting to sleep in till 8 something because, despite having already opened gifts, Ben was excited to wake up on Christmas morning
- never changing out of pajamas for the duration of Christmas
- cuddling to the first few episodes of Suits
- eating a few too many pieces of chocolate chip pumpkin bread