We had the best time with family this week. We drove an hour or so on Christmas Eve in thick fog and rain to my aunt and uncle's house for chili and cornbread. Her sweet neighbors and some of our other family were there, so it was a big crowd and a lot of fun. We attended a candlelight church service, and then we said our goodbyes and headed back home later that night.
My parents and brother spent the night with us, so we had a great time opening presents together on Christmas morning. I cooked a breakfast casserole, poured mimosas for everyone, and we dove right in, wrapping paper flying everywhere. Every last present I received this year was thoughtful and special, but I am most tickled by the pretty mittens James gave me. Aren't they fun? And I am still shocked over the beautiful (discontinued!) plates that my mother found for me. I've had my eyes on them for quite some time, and when I found out they were discontinued, I tried finding a few for myself with no such luck. My mom searched high and low on the Interwebs all year to put together a small set for me. How sweet is that?
Family arrived throughout the afternoon, and my aunt, mother and I spent the day in the kitchen, cooking up a storm. The men sat in the living room, watching sports and looking up random YouTube videos (does anyone else do that constantly at family gatherings, or is it just the guys in mine?) My brother found this gem, and I am still giggling over it.
Dinner was a big success, and I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of hosting large family dinners at my house. Of course, my mom and my aunt helped a lot, but this holiday felt much less stressful than others in the past! I just want to make sure the food is edible -- and warm. It seems easy in theory, but it's no joke. (Oh, and this mac n' cheese was a huge success! Yum yum yum.)
Here are a few photos from Christmas at our house: