Hello All!

This will be my last blogmas post! I know I mentioned this in my last post, but just to reiterate it here, I did not finish all 25 posts for Blogmas. It was a fairly large undertaking for an amateur blogger/writer and with work, family, and illness, I simply couldn’t finish it all. Next year, I will likely just do a “12 Days of Christmas’ rather than the full Blogmas. But who knows, perhaps next year I will be more on top of things (unlikely). 

I hope everyone had a truly wonderful Christmas–I know I did.IMG_1438 My brother flew out from the East Coast so we had all the siblings together under one roof and it was seriously a blast. We pretty much just spent all of our time together laughing at one thing or another. We had some fun outings during our week–going shopping together to get presents for everyone in our family just from the three of us. We played games and watched Christmas movies and wrapped presents. We spent a solid evening (jokingly) flipping off each other and telling each other to go F*** themselves (okay I don’t know why this was so funny but we were all in hysterics).IMG_1411Every year my brother and sister and I get matching siblings shirts to wear for the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas). This year we got our shirts from life is good because the saying was perfect.fullsizeoutput_56c0Leading up to Christmas, almost everyone in our house got sick with some version of the flu or cold. My grandparents were super sick and my Papa wasn’t even able to participate in gifts Christmas morning. Because of this, many plans were changed, which contributed to the multiple get-togethers we had. This holiday we had four separate Christmas get-togethers with food, gift opening, and family.

On Christmas Eve, my mother, siblings, and I traveled to my great Aunt/Uncle’s house for a big dinner. I got to finally meet the new partners of my mom’s three cousins and they were all wonderful! Side note: we are actually really close with most of our extended family, which makes for a very busy but absolutely incredible Christmas/any time of the year.IMG_1371IMG_1372IMG_1402IMG_1374In the morning we woke up to a White Christmas! I can’t remember the last time I had a white Christmas. While growing up/living in VA we got a lot of snow but most years it would either come before Christmas and melt or afterwards. My grandmother’s back yard, particularly the cabin, makes for a lovely backdrop for photographs.fullsizeoutput_56fc

We opened our gifts and had a nice and relaxing morning.IMG_1431

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My mother’s cheesy “I hate taking photos” smile is my favorite thing.IMG_1504

After our Christmas morning we headed over to my uncle’s to celebrate with all the aunts and uncles and cousins. We ate my grandma’s Christmas tea logs and A Christmas Story played in the background.

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After the third get-together most everyone took naps and then that afternoon we headed over to my other grandmother’s house for our final Christmas. We ate delicious leftovers of turkey and ham that tasted like they were made fresh that day. We opened our gifts and enjoyed each other’s company.

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My adorably sweet cousin made each of us these drawings for Christmas. Also that beautiful woman down in the corner is my grandmother and she is NOT a Broncos fan. We are Seahawks fans. My Aunt, not originally from Seattle, is a Brocos fan. We let it slide because we beat them in the Super Bowl. My uncle, from WA, is somehow a Steelers fan but I did not include that photo.

fullsizeoutput_570a On my dad’s side of the family we have this tradition where whenever someone leaves the house, everyone congregates on the porch and calls out “LOVE YOU!” and “BYE!” repeatedly while waving until those leaving are out of sight. This happens at all hours and regardless of the weather. I’m sure the neighbors love us.

As we drove away and drove home, I kept thinking what a wonderful Christmas it was. There wasn’t any fighting, everyone was thoughtful and performed acts of service for one another because we were all sick. My siblings and I loved going out shopping for everyone and we picked out some really thoughtful and surprising gifts. We loved the smiles on our loved one’s faces as they opened them. It was one of my favorite Christmases ever. fullsizeoutput_56fa

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